Tasks and Responsibilities

Towards the fulfillment of a GIS database with information on ecological, socio-economic and cultural-spiritual vulnerability, WP-5's tasks have been divided into 4 main items:





Task 5.1. Categorisation and analyses of existing indicators and scales for biodiversity, ecological vulnerability and environmental change at local, regional and global levels. (Output Month 9).
- Communication and sharing information among LiveDiversers.
- Review of existing data on biodiversity, ecological vulnerability and environmental change in 4 case areas.
- Metadata creation of existing data sets.
- Identification the need for extra surveys in the case areas.
- Identification of potential vulnerability to be considered (1) in Ba Be/Na Hang Complex (for example, landscape devided and separated; infrastructural development doesn’t fit to conservation; hunting and NTFP expoloitation; forest destruction for land cultivation; bat cave impacted; wood exploitation; animal husbandry in core zones, etc); (2) in the Western Ghats, India; (3) in the Terraba River basin, Costa Rica; (4) in the Greater Kruger Area, South Africa.
- Organization of field surveys in 4 case study areas to gather data (if needed) on biodiversity, ecological vulnerability, environmental change, etc.
- Consideration of the following possible system conceptualization that can inspire the choice of indicators: (i) Ecological structure and function (inventory of ecological structural attributes at different levels; (ii) Ecosystem health and integrity (combination of structural and functional aspects of ecosystems with human needs and expectations in a higher-level synthesis); and (iii) Ecosystem services (categorization of the services provided by 4 ecosystems to human society as a whole for identifying an approximate global monetary value of these services).
Responsibility: NIAPP (Vietnam), EC-JRC, SOPPECOM (India) and CSIR (South Africa), ERI/UNA (Costa Rica)


Task 5.2. Refinement of the set of 50 indicators (32 harzards, 8 resistance and 10 measure damage) used in the Environmental Vulnerability Index (EVI) to create the most appropriate ones to be used for the studies in the case areas (04) and identification of the main determinants of ecological vulnerability at the various levels in the study sites. (Output Month 12).
- Review inputs which serve for calculation of 50 indicators
- Consideration of local stakeholder ideas on EVI.
- Analysis of indicators in 4 case study areas to create the most appropriate ones to be used for the studies in the case areas (04) and identification of the main determinants of ecological vulnerability at the various levels.
- Examination of (i) Vulnerability model and (ii) System model (Scaling and standardization of indicators); Weighting (regression); and Aggregation method, etc.)
Responsibility:NIAPP (Vietnam), EC- JRC


Task 5.3. Based on the previous analysis identify the factors contributing the most to the EVI in the case areas (04), and propose a method for a more detailed spatial analysis (Output Month 15).
- Selection of indicators for the specific case study area.
- Propose of a proper method for studying more detailed spatial analysis.
- Identification of the factors contribute the most to the EVI.
Responsibility:NIAPP (Vietnam) and EC-JRC


Task 5.4. Construction, management and facilitation of the GIS database with information on ecological, socio-economic and cultural-spiritual vulnerability. (Output Month 27). (See Attachment of more details of the Task 5.4).
- Database standardization
- Construction, management and facilitation of the GIS database with information on ecological, socio-economic and cultural-spiritual vulnerability from 4 case study areas.
Responsibility:NIAPP (Vietnam), SOPPECOM (India), CSIR (South Africa), ERI/UNA (Costa Rica) and EC-JRC.