The objective of this Technical Cooperation Assignment is to raise the capacity of the Natural Reserves and Protected Areas to introduce and effectively use various biodiversity impact assessment tools and techniques; biodiversity and protected areas management, monitoring and conservation tools.
To achieve these objectives the following activities will be conducted: (i) develop a consistent approach and methodology for assessing and managing biodiversity risks and impacts related to industrial development and transportation activities, and (ii) raise the capacity, at governmental and industry levels, to identify, assess and manage biodiversity impacts. Sharing knowledge and knowhow with the Turkmenistan’s environmental authorities and the petroleum and transportation industry, port authorities and other stakeholders will be a key to improving the consideration of terrestrial and marine biodiversity management in the country (and region).
The EBRD proposes to appoint a competent international expert (the “Consultant”) to develop and assist in the implementation of a Biodiversity Capacity Building Programme (the “Programme”) with the Turkmenistan Ministry of Agriculture and Nature Protection, Khazar Natural Reserve Administration; Caspian Ecological Inspectorate; other protected areas and natural reserves management (together, the “Key Stakeholders”), in consultation with the Turkmenbashy International Seaport Administration, hydrocarbon and shipping industry (together, the “Stakeholders”), to achieve the following objectives:
Raise the awareness of biodiversity issues and potential impacts of hydrocarbon industry and marine transportation activities on biodiversity;
Increase the Key Stakeholders knowledge and understanding of international best practice for biodiversity management in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process in terms of level of baseline data and required surveys required to identify and assess future impacts, requirements of international finance institutions for ESIAs, best practices in managing biodiversity impacts in the marine and terrestrial environment and the development of robust management, protection and conservation plans and monitoring programmes to ensure conservation goals are achieved over the long term;
Promote good industry practice in establishing and managing Protected Areas, including the development and implementation of Protected Area Management Plans (goals, objectives, monitoring, enforcement & protection) and Biodiversity Management Strategies; and
- Assist the Key Stakeholders to better understand good international practices related to the design and implementation of a consistent approach to biodiversity protection, management and enforcement requirements in both offshore and onshore industrial and economic development activities in Turkmenistan and improve information exchange and communication platform between the industry and the environmental regulators.
In the interest of fostering dialogue and best practice between the Key Stakeholders, as well as conservation groups and the industry, it is envisaged that the capacity building programme developed under this Assignment may include additional stakeholders, including the management of other natural reserves in Turkmenistan, participants from the tourism and fishing sectors.
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