Media Workshop for environmental journalists on land degradation neutrality target setting in South Caucasus
April 21, 2017

Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) is pleased to announce the implementation of the project "Media Workshop for environmental journalists on land degradation neutrality target setting in South Caucasus" from April 1 to June 15, 2017.

The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) is an independent, non-for-profit organization, established within the framework of the “Environment for Europe Process” by the governments of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and the European Union to assist in solving environmental problems as well as development of the civic society in the countries of the South Caucasus.

Web-site of REC Caucasus: www.rec-caucasus.org

For additional information, please see Terms of Reference.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Project Title: Media Workshop for environmental journalists on land degradation neutrality target setting  in South Caucasus

Executing Organisation: Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus)

Post Title: Photographer/Consultant

Contract type: Service Agreement

Starting Date: April 1, 2017

Duration: Apri 1 - June 15, 2017

Duty Station: Georgia

A. SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT

Background

Sustainable land management contributes to community and ecosystem resilience while improving the socio-economic human condition. The sustainable management of natural resources, like forests, pastures, agricultural land and water bodies are of vital importance for improving rural livelihoods, conserving biodiversity and providing ecosystem services. But the path to sustainable land management requires not only an adequate political and legal framework, but also a comprehensive set of sound and long-lasting management approaches for engagement of local communities. Public support is a key component of any strategy to avoid land degradation. Governmental support and comprehensive incentive schemes are essential to avoid management practices which lead to degradation and destruction of the natural resource base.

Mass media can shape public opinion and hold politicians to account. It is, therefore, of most importance to turn the selected environmental journalists into well informed persons on the risks and opportunities of land erosion/degradation. Targeted media workshops with field trips to affected regions, showcasing the best practices of sustainable land management, will help to raise public awareness and call for immediate political actions.

Expected impact: Media coverage concerning environmental, biodiversity and sustainable development topics will increase.

General Objective: The general objective of the workshop is to create a pool of well informed and motivated journalists, which are able to write and report in a scientific sound and attractive manner about land erosion/degradation and environmental challenges in the countries of the South Caucasus.

B. SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Main duties and responsibilities:

Photographer should visually document the current environmental situation in the program’s areas of operation, showing how land/ environment degradation impacts the lives of local population.

Take pictures of project’s interventions, and their impacts on the environment and on people’s livelihoods;

Capture stories of people impacted by land degradation.

C. DELIVERABLES

High resolution photographs.

At least 200 high-quality and high-resolution, edited and captioned pictures delivered on CD.

Printing of the ….. copies of  pictures.

Organization of photo exhibition on 5th of May, 2017.

D. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Outstanding photography skills;

Outstanding photo editing skills;

Five years’ experience working in the regions of Georgia;

Proven ability to work in multicultural environment;

Experience working in remote areas;

E. COPYRIGHT AND INTELECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS 
 
In consideration of the fees paid, the consultant expressly assigns to REC Caucasus any copyright arising from the works the consultant produces while executing this contract. All images (whatever used for online or print purpose) must however bear the consultant’s photo credit, as specified by international intellectual property rights. The consultant may not use, reproduce or otherwise disseminate or authorize others to use, reproduce or disseminate such works without prior consent from REC Caucasus.