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Consultant for Socio-economic Baseline Study Focused on Livelihoods of Engaged Communities

Background

The Dawna Tenasserim, straddling the Myanmar-Thailand border, has some of the largest remaining areas of contiguous tropical moist and deciduous forests in Southeast Asia. Over 83% of the landscape is still forested and it harbors exceptional biodiversity and globally important populations of tigers, Asian elephants, and a myriad of other species. Embedded within the Dawna Tenasserim is the Western Forest Complex (WEFCOM) in Thailand, which includes 19 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. In addition, the Dawna Tenasserim also includes other protected areas in Thailand as well as critical conservation areas in Myanmar.

 

The 179,896 km2 Dawna Tenasserim is almost as large as the entire country of Cambodia and is recognized within WWF as one of five priority landscapes worldwide. This underlines the global importance of the landscape and the urgency to conserve it. To find such a vast, intact ecosystem within Southeast Asia is rare. The Dawna Tenasserim is not only important for protecting biodiversity but also multiple ecosystem services that support both natural and human communities. Its long-term protection is dependent on understanding and developing benefit streams to local communities to ensure their support and wellbeing through conservation efforts.

 

Major Responsibilities

 

The Research Consultant/s will conduct a socio-economic profile for different representative villages located in and around the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex. The profile will be to gather socio-economic baseline data before interventions which will serve as benchmark for monitoring project impact at the end of the project as well as provide information to WWF Thailand in developing further its community based conservation work in the landscape.

 

Background

 

Conduct with trained community enumerators as required, a socio-economic survey of households in selected villages in Mae Nam Pachi using individual household survey and focused group discussions as tools. The results of the socio economic survey will inform the project on opportunities and improvement of communities’ incomes and livelihoods that support sustainable management of forests and immediate environment. Such profiles will also serve as benchmark for monitoring project impact at the end of the project as well as provide information to WWF Thailand in developing further its community based conservation work in the landscape. The consultant will then use the household survey results to prepare the socio economic profile of Mae Nam Pachi in Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex thorough analysis of the findings, identify data gaps, and provide practical and actionable recommendations in moving forward the community engagement and sustainable livelihood development work.

 

Scope of work

 

  1. Gather secondary information by reviewing relevant secondary documents and literature about household, socio-economic (including gender), cultural profile and political characteristics of communities in Mae Nam Pachi
  2. Conduct socio-economic surveys along with WWF staff and the Department of National Parks as appropriate in target sites and households, and
  3. Data analysis of the socio-economic surveys and formulate conclusions and recommendations for future assessment/study and potential sites of sustainable livelihood assessment in order to identify the potential community based forest/NTFP enterprises development for improving the socio-economic condition in those villages.
  4. Prepare and consolidate all the socio economic baseline profile for supported communities based on the result of this study, and the other studies conducted by other organizations.
  5. Submit an outline of the report and finalize in close coordination with WWF staff.
  6. Submit draft report to WWF and finalise based on feedback from WWF, local communities, and other relevant partners of WWF (e.g. donor, partner agency)

 

Outputs/ deliverable of performance and time schedule

 

The consultant will be expected to produce:

  1. Socio-economic profiles outline (to be approved by WWF) on or before November 2020.
  2. Socio-economic profile report with recommended incomes and livelihoods improvement that support sustainable management of forests. The final report will be in English and delivered on or before November 2020.

 

WORKPLAN

 

Consultancy – Socio-economic baseline study focused on livelihoods of two (2) engaged communities in Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex

 

  1. Target interviewees: representative villages (expected to be in or adjacent to Mae Nam Pachi) located in and around Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex

 

  1. Methods/tools: individual household survey (questionnaire) and focus group discussion through working closely with trained community enumerators

 

  1. Objective of the socio-economic profile:

 

  • To inform the project on opportunities and improvement of communities’ income and livelihoods that support sustainable management of forests and immediate environment
  • To provide the project what practical/actionable interventions are needed to move forward with community engagement and sustainable development work
  • To serve as a benchmark for monitoring project impact at the end of its implementation

 

  1. Expected outputs:

 

  • Draft socio-economic profile report (approved by WWF) submitted by 31 October 2020.
  • Socio-economic profile report with recommended income and livelihood improvement interventions that support sustainable management of forests (final report is required in English) submitted by 30 November 2020.

 

Contact : Regan.Pairojmahakij@wwfgreatermekong.org


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