As part of the Interreg project 'Restoring and managing ecological corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube-Carpathian region' (ConnectGREEN), we are looking for a qualified researcher on the EIA/SEA field in the Carpathian region, within Hungary.
Application deadline: April 22, 2021
Background researches on:
- Roadmap on integrating ecological corridors in spatial planning,
- Feasibility check on improving the EIA Directive,
- Taking part in additional events at the request of CEEweb.
See detailed description in Annex I.
Appropriate knowledge of EIA processes and practices.
The conference takes place 1st May – 31st October 2021.
Tender conditions and deadline
The bid shall contain the price for the above tasks. Both individuals and private entities are eligible to apply. Consultants submitting bids will be notified of the decision by 30th April 2021 at the latest. Organisations and consultants are invited to submit their bids by 22 April 2021 to:
Dr. Nagy Gabriella Mária
with the subject line:
CONNECTGREEN - EIA consultation services
Annexe 1. Expected results of the services:
1. Roadmap on integrating ecological corridors in spatial planning:
- Main aim of the activity:
Develop a roadmap on integrating ecological aspects in spatial planning policy, a guiding legislative approach/tool – Sectoral improvements to ensure operability/ inclusion of ecological corridors at regional levels. The report should be based on the Project Partners’ national reports.
- Additional information:
The main objective of WP6 is to further improve and consolidate the cooperation between conservationists and spatial planners. It complements some key components of the project particularly from WP3 (Guidelines on reducing conflicts) and WP5 (e.g. Multi-sectoral meetings and/ or fora). The recommendations as well as the experiences generated so far are indicate that further steps are required to maximize/ensure increased uptake of the project results, especially when considering concrete ways to integrate the ecological corridors into spatial planning in an effective way. The project identified gaps in this respect, partly caused by the lack of proper understanding of the ecological connectivity concept by spatial planners and partly by missing pieces of legislation that should allow easy integration of corridors into spatial planning systems.
Elaboration of an integrative roadmap together with, and for ecological-spatial planning policy and legal approach is needed. This has been identified as a major gap during the latest consultations with the two sectors, as spatial planners do not have the overview related to ecological corridors and thus, it is difficult to find concrete ways to integrate them into spatial planning in an effective way. In addition, the legislation does not allow this integration in some of the cases. The jointly developed road map will be used as a communication and advocacy tool to promote integrated policy and legislative approaches. It will build on the information collected (and materials elaborated) so far in the project, such as the State of the Art Report, the GAP analysis report on the identification of the needs for improving the planning processes and tools, and other relevant information and materials from WP 3 and 5. It will highlight the key areas for building capacity and inter-sectoral dialogue to enhance connectivity through coordinated policy mechanisms. Such a tool should be developed nationally, depending on the national policy and legislative contexts, to guide and provide clarity in terms of needed sectoral improvements to ensure the operability of ecological corridors at national levels. In the end, national tools will be centralized by WP6 Lead (CEEweb) with the aim to inform relevant regional and EU bodies.
2. Feasibility check on improving the EIA Directive
- Main aim of the activity:
The assessment of the EIA directive in connection with ecological corridors and the feasibility of improving it are also needed to explore further ways to strengthen the maintenance and conservation of ecological corridors in the long term.
- Additional information:
The feasibility check is important in order to understand the chances to perform a fitness check and improve the EIA Directive, which is applied differently in the participating countries. It is needed to perform such an analysis of conflicts in relation to the EIA process for nature protection, especially concerning ecological corridors and their related processes, together with conservationists, representatives of businesses performing such assessments, of academia, protected areas, etc. The EIA assessments should be performed according to the same principles across the countries, having in mind all potentially contributing threats that might affect the functionality of ecological corridors. The process of changing Directives is slow and complex and needs thorough assessments. The feasibility check would carefully assess all these relevant aspects and would provide both arguments and guidelines on how to do it. The results of this assessment will be promoted at both the national and regional levels, targeting policymakers and authorities involved in the analysis of EIA studies. This approach itself of raising awareness on the weaknesses and recommendations related to EIA processes among this target group is expected, to some extent, to improve the studies. However, for a greater impact, the improvement of the EIA Directive will be needed, which will be pushed on the EU’s agenda by the project partnership for consideration. The programming of EU national and operational programmes (under the CAP and Cohesion Policy) is in the revision phase, which creates the possibility and also the premises to raise the issue of improving the Directive with this occasion.
ANNEXE 2 – Brief project description
Integrated Transport and Green Infrastructure Planning in the Danube-Carpathian Region for the Benefit of People and Nature
Duration: 1 January 2017 – 31 October 2021
Lead Partner: WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme
Project Partners: Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (AT), Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, branch Olomouc, Nature Conservation Agency (CZ), CEEweb for Biodiversity (HU), Szent István University (HU), WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Romania, State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, SPECTRA – Centre of Excellence of EU – the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, URBAN INCERC (RO), Piatra, Craiului National Park (RO), Slovak Environmental Agency (SK), Institute of Architecture and Urban&Spatial Planning of Serbia(RS), National Park Djerdap (RS), VUKOZ (CZ)
Associated Strategic Partners: Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, National Infrastructure Developing Private Company Ltd. (HU), Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, Romanian Ministry of the Environment, Romanian Ministry of Transport, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Transcarpathian Regional State Administration – Department of Ecology and Natural Resources (UA)
DTP Programme Area 3: Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
DTP Specific Objective 3.1: Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas
Context - needs and challenges
It is expected that in the Danube region, over the next years, economic growth will pick up which is likely to go hand in hand with a massive growth of transportation. This can result in high environmental impact, including loss of biodiversity, as spatial demands for transport infrastructure and the growth of traffic flows cause landscape fragmentation and barriers for wildlife. This situation will lead to conflicts with nature conservation stakeholders. Guidance is needed for project developers, implementers and the nature conservation community for achieving integrated transport planning as prioritized by EU and international legislation to guarantee sound investment.
The project aims to contribute to safer and environmentally-friendly road and rail networks in mountainous regions of the Danube Basin with a special focus on the Carpathian Mountains. It will do so by improving planning frameworks and developing concrete environmentally-friendly and safe road and rail transport solutions taking into account elements of Green Infrastructure, in particular ecological corridors. Sharing experience and knowledge will be of great importance. Innovative pilot actions will focus on ecological corridors crossed by EU TEN-T road and rail projects in the Carpathians. An interdisciplinary partnership comprised of planners, economists, engineers, and ecologists will integrate and apply their specific knowledge across the region and cooperate on developing Guidelines on integrated transport infrastructure planning, construction, management and monitoring, taking into account aspects of road safety and biodiversity conservation. Partners will also collaborate on the production of ready-to-use methodologies for stakeholder participation processes, training modules on Environmental Impact Assessment with a focus on ecological corridors, and Catalogues of measures for each of the four pilot sites located in Beskydy (CZ-SK), Miskolc-Kosice-Uzhgorod (HU-SK-UA), Tirgu Mures-Iasi and Lugoj-Deva (RO). An intersectoral dialogue will be fostered at the policy level that seeks for mutual understanding and implementation of recommendations towards integrated transport infrastructure planning from the local to the transnational including EU level.
The project main objective is to contribute to a safer and environmentally-friendly road and rail network in the Carpathians as part of the wider Danube river basin by integrating Green Infrastructure elements into TEN-T related transport infrastructure development at the local, national and transnational level across relevant sectors. This will contribute to
- Improved plans and planning security for transport infrastructure projects taking Green Infrastructure into account,
- Deepened coordination and cooperation of relevant players across the sectors and the macro-region, and
- Elaboration and implementation of practical solutions for an environmentally friendly and safer transport network in the Danube region with a focus on the Carpathian mountains and the TENT-T network.
Project main result
The expected main project result is improved cooperation of the various sectors involved in road and rail transport planning including nature conservation, transport and spatial planning at the local, national and transnational level to minimise conflicts between transport infrastructure development and environmental protection. It will contribute to the creation of a safer transport network by minimising animal-vehicle collisions and of tools for monitoring collisions in the Danube region with a particular focus on the Carpathians. Policymakers and stakeholders from involved sectors will collaborate more intensively through intersectoral platforms and meetings at the local, national and transnational levels.
- Establish a dialogue mechanism involving relevant stakeholders at appropriate levels, in particular within the transnational/sub-regional context and the local level in selected pilot areas and raise awareness for the importance of ecological corridors/connectivity;
- Create a scientifically sound knowledge base for decision making as regards integrated transport infrastructure planning across the target region and the selected pilot areas, which includes assessing the state of the art and conducting a gap analysis, and develop guidance documents on integrated transport infrastructure planning through inputs from experience gained in the pilot areas, desktop research, expert knowledge and stakeholder participation;
- Targeted interventions in the selected pilot areas: verify ecological corridors along the motorway infrastructure development area, produce maps with the involvement of spatial planners and other local stakeholders, assess plans and related documents for transport infrastructure development, develop a catalogue of measures for the motorway company and recommendations for decision-makers involving relevant stakeholders and experts; seek to reach an agreement with relevant authorities from the transport and spatial planning sectors, and start implementing measures.
- Facilitate policy development and support its integration in relevant TEN-T and Green Infrastructure policy papers at the EU and regional level.
- Beskydy cross-border region Czech Republic – Slovakia: focus monitoring of transport infrastructure related to ecological corridors / Green Infrastructure
- Miskolc-Kosice-Uzgorod cross-border region Hungary – Slovakia – Ukraine: focus on integrated transport planning taking ecological corridors / Green Infrastructure into account,
- Tirgu Mures – Iasi in the eastern part of the Carpathians in Romania: focus on integrated transport planning taking ecological corridors / Green Infrastructure into account
- Lugoj – Deva in the southern part of the Carpathians in Romania: focus on minimising the impact of railway extension on ecological corridors, monitoring of transport infrastructure construction