Changes in land use are a key reason for changes to and the loss of biodiversity in the Nordic Region. Local authorities (usually municipalities) have primary responsibility for area planning and land use. The primary challenge faced by municipalities is that there are clear financial incentives for reallocating land for development or other purposes such as agriculture in areas that are important for biodiversity, outdoor recreation, and culture. Such reallocation can increase economic activity and employment, attract new companies, increase populations, and increase tax income. The municipalities do not usually have such strong financial incentives to preserve these areas to enable them to continue to deliver ecosystem services that are important from a local, national, or even international perspective.
Several questions need to be asked in order to be able to respond to the challenges and find solutions for increasing consistency between national and local objectives:
- What incentives do municipalities have for meeting national targets for biodiversity in their land management?
- Are there any discrepancies between national targets and local incentives in other land-related areas?
- Is this type of consideration integrated in the land management process in another way?
- What knowledge resources do local and/or national authorities have for evaluating ecosystems and ecosystem services in the short and the long term?
The purpose of the project
Using a series of case studies, the project must highlight how the consideration of areas such as biodiversity, culture, and outdoor recreation is integrated into municipal land management in the Nordic countries. A case study may illustrate how one or more of the three areas has been integrated into a country’s land management. Together, the case studies must cover all three areas and at least three Nordic countries.
The project must result in an evaluation of the impact of the use of different instruments and the conclusions that can be drawn from a comparison of the case studies. The conclusions can be systematic differences between the areas of biodiversity, culture, and outdoor recreation in relation to conflicting targets, and the use of instruments or possible trends with regard to the effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and general success of different instruments.
The budget for the project is DKK 400,000 (VAT where relevant is included in the budget). The budget covers the consultant’s normal expenses for conducting the project, as well as any travel expenses related to the presentation of the project at a meeting under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers or the working group. Publication costs (approximately DKK 25,000) are also included in the budget, as well as possible translation costs. The report will be published as part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ TemaNord series and presented on the Nordic Council of Ministers’ website.
The NME and NBM working groups at the Nordic Council of Ministers must receive tenders no later than 1 August 2019. All documents must be submitted by this deadline. Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. A decision will be made in September 2019, and any entity that has submitted a project proposal will be notified of this decision. The project will be launched in autumn 2019, and proposals for a final report will be presented at a working group meeting in 2020. The project manager will send a status report to the working group twice during the project. Specific dates for these reports will be determined in the contract.
Open tenders must be sent by e-mail to Lotta Eklund:
Tenders must use any language of the project description/application form and corresponding obligatory budget schedule:
Feel free to submit additional appendices (maximum of 10-15 A4 pages) explaining in further detail any factors that we should consider in our evaluation. Send any CVs jointly in a single separate file.
Read the invitation to tender in full here:
In assessing the tenderers, emphasis will be placed on:
- the structure and planning of the work, including methodology and how relevant data will be collected and processed;
- the timetable;
- the distribution of responsibilities, use of time, general skills, and qualifications of those managing and implementing the project;
- the tenderer’s previous experience in the area;
- the Nordic contacts and networks that will be used in the project and fluency in the Nordic languages;
- the expenditure for the proposed project period, including hourly rates and other expenses; and
- the planned dissemination of the project.
Further information about the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding schemes can be found here: