Consultancy for Participatory Forest and Agriculture Land Use Planning and Management

The Carbon and Biodiversity Project phase II (CarBi II) of WWF-Laos is looking for consultancy services (Laos-based consultant only) to conduct the Participatory Forest and Agriculture Land Use Planning and Management in Xe Sap National Protected Area.
To promote sustainable forest and land use in multi-functional landscapes (villages located inside, adjacent, and around Xesap NPA), CarBi II intends to support fit-for-purpose land use planning in priority villages. Improved forest and land use management plans will be used as a fundamental basis for sustainable livelihood development support as well as community-based forest management. 
The six project target villages where the land use planning will cover are located in Samouy, Ta Oy, and Kaleum districts in Salavan and Sekong Provinces, Laos. 
The objective of this consultancy is to provide technical support to the CarBi II project, more specifically to: (1) design and carry out field data collection for mapping of current land use and forest cover (CLUFC), (2) lead the participatory process of forest and agricultural land use planning, allocation and management zoning (FLUMZ) and (3 ) develop monitoring plan of FLUMZ plan. 
The consultant(s) will work with the project team and relevant local government agencies to review existing land use planning guidelines in the country and select or adapt land use planning processes that fit to WWF’s participatory land-use planning criteria. 
Following an agreed participatory land-use planning process, the consultant (s) will lead the field mission with the project team’s attendance for supporting logistics and coordination with relevant stakeholders. 
Scope of work:
For the purpose of this assignment, the consultant(s) will gather secondary information from existing data repositories as well as the project-specific requirement for participatory land-use planning outputs, then design and propose both detailed methodology and data collection tools, recommended data sources but not limited to:

  • WWF Laos GIS data; 
  • Satellite imagery (free); 
    Sekong and Salavan Provincial authorities (PAFO and PONRE); 
  • Samouy, Ta Oy, and Kaleum (DAFO and DONRE); 
  • Other publicly available sources such as GMS, DECIDE, etc. 
  • MicroLUP village and district level 
  • LUIS-Laos 
Subsequently, in each target village, a participatory land-use planning process will be conducted with proper participation of community members and relevant stakeholders in order to get comprehensive data for developing Village Land and Forest Use Management Plan that is mutually endorsed by community members and local authorities. 

Qualifications and experience of the consultants:
  • Master’s degree in environmental management, forestry, community development, GIS or equivalent;
  • At least 10 years’ experience in participatory geo-mapping, and forest & land use planning, preferably in Southeast Asia;
  • Demonstrated experience in satellite imagery analysis and GIS application; 
  • Excellent communication skills in English, and the ability to communicate in Lao language; 
  • Knowledge of participatory land use mapping methodologies (such as pFALUPAM) an advantage; 
  • Demonstrated experience in working in close cooperation with local authorities at the district and province levels; 
  • Demonstrated capacity to undertake community consultations based on participatory processes in line with human rights and WWF social principles; (see:; 
  • Capacity to travel and work in the field. 

Proposal formulation and cost breakdown:
  • Language of the proposal: The proposal shall be written in English and should include a detailed work plan, methodology, and time schedule.
  • Currency of the proposal and cost breakdown: The proposal must be quoted in United States of America Dollars and the contract will be awarded in this currency.
  • The financial proposal must be aligned with a detailed work plan
Selection criteria: Selection will be based on 80% Technical proposal and 20% Cost/Price comparison.

Submission of applications: Interested candidates are requested to submit the following documents to

Application are including of:
  • Technical proposal
  • Financial proposal excluding travel and accommodation costs
  • Cover letter and CV

 Deadline for submission, September 30, 2021

Click here to Read about the CarBi-2 project

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