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Preparation of draft adaptation framework for ecosystem management entitled, Guide to Climate Smart Adaptation

Posted Date : 06 March 2012

Procurement Office: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters Procurement Operations Division (3803R) 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington , DC 20460

1. Title of Procurement:
Preparation of draft adaptation framework for ecosystem management entitled, Guide to Climate Smart Adaptation

2.Procurement Number:
N/A

3. Description:

5. Description of Project: Robust evidence supports the scientific consensus that the Earth’s climate has changed and will continue to change as human activities increase atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Because this global-scale transformation is affecting North American ecosystems in a variety of ways, it is essential for scientists, natural resource managers, and decision makers to develop strategic adaptation responses to protect the ecosystem services provided by natural resourcesand biodiversity across the United States.

 

The purpose of this sole source simplified acquisition is to provide services to EPA’s Global Change Research Program in the Office of Research and Development for the preparation of a draft Guide to Climate Smart Adaptation. This Guide is being developed through EPA participation in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of experts in a Federal-state-academic-NGO Workgroup coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). This multi-sectoral multi-agency Workgroup will develop and draft criteria, guidance, case studies and information resources on climate-smart adaptation for environmental and natural resource scientists and managers. The Workgroup is comprised of leaders in the field of climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning and includes representatives from the following agencies and organizations:

 

Environmental Protection Agency

State of Maryland

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

University of Central Florida

U.S. Geological Survey

World Wildlife Fund

National Park Service

Wildlife Conservation Society

U.S. Forest Service

Geos Institute

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

EcoAdapt

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

National Wildlife Federation

By partnering with this pre-existing Workgroup, EPA will gain a tremendous volume of highest-quality information while realizing overall savings of time and money to the government that would not be expected to be recovered through competition.

This work is directly responsive to the needs of multiple EPA client offices and agencies. The Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force (ICCATF) has called for Federal agencies to increase their interagency coordination to protect healthy ecosystems and help communities become more sustainable and resilient to climate change. The National Ocean Council’s National Ocean Policy (NOP) has made a similar call for collaborations to support resilience to climate change in marine and coastal ecosystems and communities. To this end, EPA has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collaborate on projects that improve ecosystem resilience and adaptation to climate change. EPA OWOW has stated that ORD support is needed for these priority areas.

6. Period of Performance: April 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013

7. Proposed Contractor: Naomi Edelson

Director, State and Federal Wildlife Partnerships

National Wildlife Federation

901 E Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20004 

8. SOLE SOURCE JUSTIFICATION

FAR 6.302-1 authorizes contract actions when the agency’s need for the supplies or services required by the Agency are available from only one responsible source and no other type of supplies or services will satisfy the Government’s needs. The NWF is identified as the responsible source necessary because this project is a direct follow-on to a previous (2011) publication, Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, which required the following unique services and capabilities that are also required for the current effort:

 

The EPA’s Global Change Research Program (GCRP) is a key leader in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation and plays a critical role in ensuring that the knowledge base is developed and brought forward to a wide audience. Its Synthesis and Assessment Product (2008) commissioned by the U.S. Global Change Research Program gathered together the scientific expertise to look at general impacts and adaptation options across a number of U.S. federal management systems. Since then, multiple recent efforts have continued to advance the dialogue on general principles for adaptation to climate change at the national scale (e.g., ICCATF Report, National Wildlife, Fish & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, NOP Strategic Action Plan, NOAA’s Climate Smart Sanctuaries framework). A systematic review and synthesis of these efforts is now needed in order to develop a unified adaptation framework that is tractable and accessible for use by ecosystem managers. The objective is to analyze adaptation methodologies from recent Federal, academic and non-governmental adaptation projects to produce a Guide for adaptation planning that is consistent and transferable across ecosystem and management settings.

 

The Guide acquired through this procurement will allow EPA to provide decision makers, natural resource managers, and students with a single, condensed go-to source of information. Merging the information and expertise from not only within EPA but across a diverse Workgroup will serve as a means to generate and broadly distribute synthetic information to audiences in a condensed, readily digestible form. This will be accomplished with greater efficiency, broader expertise, and at significantly lower cost to the government than EPA could carry out independently through competition.

 

NO SOLICITATION OR REQUEST FOR QUOTATION (RFQ) IS AVAILABLE. Notwithstanding, an organization who believes it is capable of meeting EPA’s requirements as stated herein may contact the POC. Responses to this notification are solely within the discretion of the Government. All questions should be directed toat dawson.paul@epa.gov by 03/16/12.

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