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Organization: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Closing date: 25 Oct 2021

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is soliciting proposals for the Open Data for Resilience and Risk Management Initiatives as part of the project Open Cities Latin America and Caribbean (Mexico).

As part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Mexico is affected by strong seismic and volcanic activity. Two thirds of the country present a significant seismic and volcanic risk.The country’s location in an intertropical region also makes it subject to the onslaught of hurricanes generated in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The effects of these phenomena, in terms of storm surges and winds, are felt mainly in the coastal areas of the Pacific, Gulf and Caribbean; the intense rains caused by these phenomena can cause flooding and landslides not only on the coasts but also in the mainland. Each year, cyclones cause severe damages, and intense rains also occur due to the storms generated during the rainy season. On the other hand, the scarcity of rainfall is felt in various regions, which, when maintained for prolonged periods of time, leads to droughts that in turn impacts agriculture, livestock and the economy in general. Associated with the scarcity of rainfall are the forest fires that occur every year during the dry season and that in certain years reach extraordinary proportions, causing losses in forested areas and various damages. States on both coasts of the country, but especially in the South Pacific, are impacted most severely due to lower levels of human development index, low levels of education, vulnerable housing and poor basic infrastructure, malnutrition, low access to health services and development opportunities in general.

The Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) together with the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) have been developing a strategy to generate, concentrate and organize relevant information to help governments in the creation of their local development plans and risk atlases. CENAPRED is leading the creation of local Community Committees in the entire country. A large progress has already been made in particular the state of Chiapas, where the potential is great to strengthen the local residents capacities to create data on their territory, to feed the local risk atlases according to the established regulations, and to communicate and map vulnerabilities, as well as collective solutions, as well as to communicate in real time the different impacts of disasters in their territories.

On the other hand, Mexico has important commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 through its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The country has implemented a national strategy to reduce emissions, based on the General Climate Change Law, which contemplates that the states prepare Climate Action Plans based on a GHG emissions inventory. In relation to their Municipal Development Plan, several cities have elaborated a Municipal Climate Action Plans (PACMUN) to build effective synergies between local and national stakeholders and to identify, analyze, evaluate, and prioritize city-level climate change mitigation and adaptation actions with active stakeholder engagement.

This consulting assignment will support the World Bank local partners in local capacities-building and in creating community-based information and data to support the Municipality of San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas) in preparing its Municipal Action Plans to transition towards low-carbon, climate-smart development, and strengthening the planning capacities and instruments of the municipal staff to better manage the pressures of urban growth.

The OpenCities project will focus on capacity building through the OpenStreetMap community and open mapping / open data overall as well as residents’ communities. This will allow support to the Climate Action Plans elaboration and the long term strategy with public institutions for local resilience, disaster preparedness, and strengthening a culture of civil protection. The training, sharing and creation of tools and strengthening local communities through participatory assessments, developed upon the previous OpenCities Africa and OpenCities South Asia projects, is tailored to empower local agencies to enhance their decision making, through better data access and gain ability to create, analyze and utilize open data as part of their systems and culture.

HOT through the Open Cities intends to:

  • Provide a strategy for data production, sharing and integration between global volunteer open mapping communities; the Community Committees of San Cristobal de las Casas.

  • Train authorities, representatives of local committees and designated groups of local residents, possible disseminators of the acquired skills and work methodologies.

  • Coordinate the necessary work for the production of data remotely, in the field with the Community Committees and as needed with support materials such as drone and street-level images, including the implementation of innovative technologies with a long-term vision.

  • Define and provide technical support to stakeholders for the integration of the data flow produced, its continuous updating from the local level, and its representation in the format and platforms necessary.

  • Produce a working methodology for a result that is reproducible and usable by stakeholders and communities.

The terms of reference are available here.

The technical proposal shall be presented electronically in Adobe PDF format, in English using the templates provided. The proposal consists in three parts: (a) Technical Proposal (b) Financial Proposal (c) Firm Qualification Questionnaire. Links to templates are available in the Terms of Reference.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted before October 25th 2021, 11:59pm (EST) to the email address info@hotosm.org.