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Research of Mechanism, Operational Mode and Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprise Engaging in Biodiversity, following China’s joining “Global Partnership”Tendering Notice
Date: 10-26-2015
  
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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed China Biodiversity Partnership and Framework for Action (CBPF)is a new strategy for Chinese government to tackle the challenges arising from biodiversity conservation in China, coupled to the aggravation of climate change with global effect, based on the proven theory of values and effects of biodiversity adapting to climate change. CBPF is a framework intended to coordinate the efforts and activities among multi-stakeholders including governmental units, institutional investors, academia and research, provincial and local governments, management institutions, community dwellers, international agencies and NGOs. The Priority Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Development project (hereinafter abbreviated as IS project) is one of the projects under the umbrella of CBPF programme aimed to, in this connection, research into and analyse the values of biodiversity adapting to climate change, to study the inner relationship between the two themes and to promote the circulation and distribution of related findings, knowledge and information to multi-stakeholders, in order to raise their awareness and build their capacities in the relevant fields.

In recent years, the Project Management Office (PMO) has noticed an important trend in international community: pushing forward business community engaging in biodiversity has become a global consensus and thus become a significant issue for “Convention on Biological Diversity” (CBD).The 10th and 11th Conference of the Parties(COPs) of CBD adopted resolutions related to the "participation of the corporate world” as the CBD Secretariat actively promoted the “Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity “and for several times invited China to formally join the partnership. Up to October 2014 during 12th Conference of the Parties, as many as 18 countries and regions such as Brazil, Canada, Chile, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Central America, Peru, South Africa and Sri Lanka have established either national or regional business and biodiversity initiative mechanisms, so as to become the member on the “Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity “of the CBD.
The “Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity” is the focal point for the national/regional initiatives that directly interact with business of their respective countries/regions. It will help facilitate the mainstreaming or internalization of biodiversity imperatives into the private sector and provide a forum for stakeholders in business and biodiversity to share ideas and engage in dialogue. The Initiatives are open, inclusive bodies that are designed to help raise awareness of biodiversity and sustainability issues amongst the business community and to encourage dialogue amongst stakeholders in this area. The Mission of the Global Partnership is to add value to the national/regional initiatives by providing a forum to share ideas, raise awareness, engage in dialogue and help leverage the Convention on Biological Diversity Business Program; while the goal is to help guide and support Member Initiatives (Members) in their efforts. It will act as a conduit between Members as well as a clearing house and intelligence source for those seeking to identify and address issues and challenges concerning business and biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, especially to enable Members by providing the knowledge and the tools required to encourage business to integrate biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use into their ongoing business operations, and to provide a forum where Members can share ideas and best practices, within and across business sectors, with other national/regional initiatives in the Partnership that will help business in the development and implementation of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use actions; it is also expected that through the support and guidance of the Members on the Partnership, business will incorporate biodiversity issues and values into their operations so as to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss on a global perspective. Membership of the Initiatives will be open to individual businesses and may include business associations, governments, academia and NGOs.

I.Objective

In line with the CBPF-IS Project “Two-Year Work Plan” and pertinent requirement set out by the CBD “Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity” for membership and relevant decision made on the 4th Project Steering Committee conference. The CBPF-IS Project decided to embarking on this important task of “Drawing on International Experience to carry out an in-depth research, within the CBPF Framework, into the Mechanism, Operational Mode and Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprise Engaging in Biodiversity, following China’s joining the CBD’s “Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity”.

II.Outputs

The task of “Drawing on International Experience to carry out an in-depth research, within the CBPF Framework, into the Mechanism, Operational Mode and Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprise Engaging in Biodiversity, following China’s joining the CBD’s “Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity”should be addressed from at least three dimensions related to “sustainability”, which are organizational, technical and financial. Please consult practices of the member countries in Asia, Europe and America and provide opinions on how China should build the mechanism which is practical and effective in operationalizing and meeting the requirement of CBD Global Partnership and comply with Chinese contexts.

1.Organizational

Provide constructive and practical opinions on how Chinese mechanism of “partnership for business and biodiversity” should be appropriately built up, with software and hardware in place, institutions established such as Council and Secretariat, ways of management and operation developed, members of business, local government, NGO, academia enrolled, etc.

2.Technical

Find out how the Chinese mechanism of “partnership for business and biodiversity” should be practically operationalized in a commercial fashion, in order to cater to various needs from the members varying from corporate, industry association and governmental units, to local government, NGO and academia; how a service system should be gradually built up on mobilizing and integrating resources from cross-sectoral partners. The service system should also serve the MEP, National Committee on Biodiversity Conservation and other ministries where’re possible in policy development. 

3.Financial

Look into how the Chinese mechanism of “partnership for business and biodiversity” should maintain financial sustainability, drawing on the experiences of other countries, within the Global Partnership framework and the advice of the CBPF partnership members, please provide prepositional options that are far sighted, constructive and practically contextual, from the following perspectives:

·corporate members pay an annual fee
·Other than corporate, member contribute in the form (except money) of technology, consultation, services or in-kind
·other benefits, revenues and earning

In conclusion, the report should unfold the experience of other countries in running the national partnership, provide services to members and keep sustainable, and provide insightful opinions on how China should tackle the same challenges in line with Chinese contexts and international expectations.

III.Timeline

Implementation should be finished within 4 months after signing the contract.

IV.Qualification and eligibility Requirements

The Contractor needs to have the following qualification and eligibilities, and better to have relevant background and resources, firstly, qualified as a legitimate institution with legal person, sound financial and operational condition, or as international agency and foreign Non-Governmental-Organization; and eligible to be acquainted with how CBD Secretariat and “Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity” requires and works; be familiar with how state members under the Global Partnership meet requirements, establish mechanism, operationalize and keep sustainability; have channels to communicate with state members to acquire data and information for the development of case studies country specific, one country in each continent of America, Europe and Asia; Read through intensely English websites such as CBD official web, and materials for necessary data; Very familiar with registration, working procedure and relevant legal stipulation regarding partnership building, not for profit organization mechanism in the field of sustainable development or CSR; Be experienced in developing working procedure, organization charger, management rules, etc., able to provide constructive and practical opinion on how Procedural documents are produced, in accordance with international common practice and legal framework in Chia; be experienced in running similar partnership, initiative, business confederation, social network that have tangible services to offer to members; effectively develop case studies based on using different approaches to acquire necessary information for case study development, particularly in the way that have to communicate with foreign agencies for data; have especial expertise to develop the case studies in the related areas to mechanism building, partnership synthesizing, membership enrollment, substantiating service system, etc.; be familiar with, considered as a merit, CSR, multi-stakeholder analysis, real-time Chinese contexts, training industry association, prospecting local governments, etc., knowing the progress in TEEB study would also be a merit. 

At the same time, the requirements are set as follows for Professional staff qualifications and competence: Project manager: experienced  expert on the issues of CBD, Global Partnership for business and Biodiversity, familiar with the progress of state members in building mechanism, operationalizing and membership enrollment and keeping sustainability, etc. responsible for implementation and managing the whole project with ability to access information and resources needed to get the work done; project coordinator: report to poroject manager and coordinate with resource persons and channels necessary to implementation; data collector and analyser: possess language skill and able to get data from the interviews with stakeholders, able to analyse and process data after collection: expert (international) on partnership and mechanism development:Very familiar with the practices of member states under the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity and able to draw on foreign experience and apply for China’s good;expert(Chinese) on mechanism development: familiar with dyanmics and processes in releant fields in China and cooperate with the internatinal expert to localize the kknowldege into Chinese contexts drawing on foreign experience and lessons; translator: facilitate orgal communication or translate necessarly foreign materials into local language top support project implementation; legal expert: make sure that the study report is practical according to the realities of China’s legal and legislative framework. 

Those interested work units and service providers please contact the following contact persons to acquire free blank tendering documents. Please, fill out and submit the tendering document to the recipient (whose contact information is indicated below) before Nov.10, 2015 (Beijing time). The submission should contain one stumped original technical proposal and one stamped financial proposal, and five copies respectively. Those who submit later than the date will not be considered.

Contact: Mr. Zhao Yang
Tel. 0086-10-82268759
email:zhao.yang@mepfeco.org.cn 

Tender document should be sent to: Ms. Li Jie,
Tel:0086-010-82268827
Email: li.jie @mepfeco.org.cn
Postal add: Beijing Xicheng District, Houyingfanghutong 5, Room 710
Zip Code 100035
 
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