Provision of Consultancy Services for The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) Study 54 views




The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is endowed with abundant natural resources including minerals, floral and faunal biodiversity in diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This biodiversity has a vast potential to contribute to the region’s socio-economic development. The SADC Treaty (1992) recognizes the importance of the protection of the environment and sustainable utilization of natural resources in the region. Furthermore, the SADC Protocol on Wildlife Conservation and Law Enforcement (1999) aims at promoting the conservation of shared wildlife resources through the establishment of Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs).

The SADC Member Sates established the SADC Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) Programme (2013) to facilitate regional support to collaborative management and conservation of shared natural resources. SADC TFCAs Programme implementation rest on the three main pillars: (1) policy harmonisation and regional integration, (2) natural resources management, and (3) sustainable socio-economic development.

The TFCAs are landscapes are a mosaic of formally protected areas, communal and private land hosting a number of different land-uses under a variety of governance systems.

These transboundary initiatives are usually led by the environment, conservation and tourism sectors which generally do not have the outright mandate to negotiate appropriate inter-sector strategies and trade-offs to achieve TFCA objectives.

Furthermore, TFCAs have no formal recognition under IUCN, for example as Multiple Use Protected Areas, Protected Landscapes, nor do they have international recognition comparable to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, despite their similarities. The values of TFCAs are neither optimized nor fully understood.

Nevertheless, the 18 TFCAs in the SADC-region represent a massive area of approximately 2 million sq. km of the region, an area three times the size of France. They represent areas of globally significant biodiversity, exceptional cultural diversity and vast tourism potential. They host major river systems, and great opportunities for transboundary ecosystem management as well as carbon sequestration at a globally significant scale.

They offer enormous potential for a diversity of sustainable livelihoods for their resident communities. They have been the subject of international agreements backed by transnational governance structures and underpinned by coordination structures from national to local level. Therefore, the TFCAs represent a significant degree of social capital encompassing governance, social structures, knowledge and experience. It is imperative that at both the global and SADC level that the full values of TFCAs are recognized and understood and that decisive action is taken to ensure the viability of the SADC TFCAs as well as their continued expansion.

To facilitate the implementation of the SADC TFCA Programme, the SADC TFCA Network was established in September 2013. The objective of the Network is to overcome TFCA challenges through shared learning, knowledge management and collaboration. The Network is open to all stakeholders and is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of TFCA Focal Points from all SADC Member States and the SADC Secretariat. The Network has currently over 500 members. In August 2019, the SADC TFCA Network Steering Committee met in Livingstone, Zambia to prioritise support to TFCAs Programme implementation. The meeting among others, identified the need to develop a business case for SADC TFCAs and a study on the value of TFCAs. The main aim is to better quantify and influence SADC Member States to appreciate the value of these transboundary socioenvironmental systems and attract support of governments, donors and stakeholders.

In March 2020 the Network established a working group that developed a draft outline of the proposed “The Value of SADC TFCAs in the Post Pandemic World” (referred to as ‘the Report’) and shared with the wider Network for further input. The final report will provide the business case for investing in TFCAs.

It is against this backdrop, that the SADC-GIZ TUPNR Programme is looking for a consultant or consortium (referred to as ‘the Consultant) to further consult and lead the write-up of the final report, in close collaboration with the established working group and the SADC TFCA Network Steering Committee. The Proposed Study Outline (Annex 2) should form the basis for the technical proposal, and combine different valuation methodology, both economic (including non-monetary ecosystem service values) and financial analyses. The consultant can make changes to the proposed outline, but this should be agreed with working group members, of which representatives of the SADC Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate ADC and the SADC/GIZ Transboundary Use of Natural Resources (TUPNR) Programme are part of. The selected consultant will enter contract with GIZ.

The working group has started to compile a resource repository which can be accessed here:


Objectives and outputs

The objective of the consultancy is to develop a holistic valuation of SADC TFCAs, with the aim to increase political support & investment into TFCAs.

The working group agreed that the consultancy should have two main outputs:

1. A multi-donor or IUCN / BIOPAMA publication, in partnership with the SADC TFCA Network (The Report)

2. A SADC summary report, with a detailed business plan and recommendations for resource mobilization, for submission to SADC structures (The SADC Summary Report)


  • Virtual inception meeting with SAWC, SADC and SADC/GIZ TUPNR Programme to discuss work plan, deliverables and agree on the backstopping team.
  • Establish contact with and facilitate working group and allocate contributors/writers on sections of the report, in collaboration with organizing team. This includes setting up individual meetings with more active members that can considerably contribute to the report writing.
  • Establish a sub-working group to ensure spatial / data analysis and evaluation tools / mapping requirements or elements to support the main purpose of a study. Including following suggested partners:
    • Peace Parks Foundation
    • Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA)
    • Joint Research Centre
    • Bird Life South Africa
    • Possibly Member State GIS unit
    • Identify KPIs/priorities for evaluating TFCAs contribution towards SADC Policies and programme targets
  • First draft of the Report submitted to the working group and backstopping team for comments.
  • Present report to a virtual SADC TFCA Network Steering Committee for comments and feedback
  • Submit Draft SADC Summary report to SADC FANR and backstopping team
  • Submit final Report to backstopping team Submit SADC Summary report to backstopping team


  • Brief inception report; Summary of the bid including approach/methodology, time allocation for the agreed activities and requirements/support needed Flow chart with responsibilities and timelines between working group members;
  • Section write ups and other report contributions
  • Meeting notes; Spatial mapping and data representation within the report
  • KPIs; Report from the contributions of partners on the above identified indicators with possible base-line indicators
  • Report chapters
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Draft SADC Summary Report
  • Final Report
  • Final SADC Summary report

Duty Station & travel

The Consultant will work from his/her respective home country. No travel is required.


The Consultant will report the SADC-GIZ TUPNR Programme and SADC FANR. The drafts and deliverables shall be submitted in electronic format, in English language who will consolidate inputs from the backstopping team. Time schedule and period of the consultancy The Consultant will not exceed 50 working days spread over the period 23rd October 2020 to 24 December 2020.

Competitive scope

Qualifications and experience

The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • • An MSc or higher in Natural Resource Management, Economics, Social Sciences or related field;
  • • Citizen of SADC or Permanent Resident in the SADC region (with valid resident and work permit);
  • • Minimum of 15-years working experience in the SADC region on transboundary natural resource management, environment & climate change, community engagement or related field;
  • • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working with TFCAs.
  • • Proven experience working on of various ecosystem and biodiversity valuation methodology (e.g. valuation of ecosystem goods and services, biodiversity economy)
  • • High technical skills in completion of projects in consultation with diverse stakeholder groups and technical as well as peer-reviewed report writing;
  • • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse people.
  • • Excellent English writing and speaking skills; Knowledge of Portuguese or French is an asset.

Submission deadline

  • Should you be interested in implementing the tasks according the Specifications (Annex 1), please submit your bid in three (3) copies at GIZ office by Tuesday 29th September 2020, 14:00 p.m. Please note that tender bids submitted by email will not be accepted. Kindly send your tender bids by courier or hand deliver to: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ Office Gaborone
1 st Floor, South Wing, Morula House
Plot 54358, New CBD
Gaborone, Botswana

Procedural questions

  • Please address any commercial, technical and procedural questions at an early stage. Questions will be answered if they are received at the latest five working days before the closing of the tender. Questions have to be raised in writing, by email only to:

Ms Dimpho Keitseng
fax +267-3959750 or
e-mail: [email protected]

Non-compliance may result in your bid not being considered.

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