Project Title: “Research Study on Land Tenure, Climate Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity”


The Global Land Tool Network, as facilitated by UN-Habitat, is an alliance of international, regional and national partners working together to “securing land and property rights for all” through the development of pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches within the continuum of land rights framework. It supports the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries (VGGTs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda.

The Network has its Phase II Programme aimed at ensuring international organisations, UN-Habitat staff and related land programmes and targeted and local governments are better able to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor. The Programme has three Expected Accomplishments (EAs) as indicated below:

Expected Accomplishment 1 - Strengthened land-related policy, institutional and technical frameworks and tools and approaches to address the challenges in delivering security of tenure at scale particularly for the urban and rural poor.

Expected Accomplishment 2 - Improved global knowledge and awareness on land-related policies, tools and approaches that are pro-poor, gender appropriate, effective and sustainable towards securing land and property rights for all.

Expected Accomplishment 3 - Strengthened capacity of partners, land actors and targeted countries to promote and implement appropriate land policies, tools and approaches that are pro-poor, gender appropriate, effective and sustainable.

This call for interest is relevant to achieving Expected Accomplishment 2 particularly in one of its outputs: “Priority research undertaken and good practices and innovations documented and disseminated”. At this stage of the Programme, GLTN would like to deepen its understanding of the interrelationships between land tenure, climate vulnerability, and adaptive capacity, and in particular the implications on security of tenure. The objective is to contribute to Expected Accomplishment 2 of GLTN’s Phase 2 Programme but also to inform global discourse and country-level interventions.

Building from its previous work on land and environment and other related initiatives, GLTN would like to implement on this new research project with the following specific objectives:

  • Identify the tenure security impacts (and issues) related to climate change in various contexts (e.g. coast, agriculture, forest, pastoral, etc.) through case studies in at least three (3) regions (Africa, Asia and Latin America/Caribbean).
  • Identify and analyze the relationships between land tenure, climate vulnerability, and adaptive capacity.
  • Identify and analyze the climate change responses by authorities and other stakeholders that impact on tenure security.
  • Develop conclusions and specific recommendations on how GLTN can potentially address the issues.
  • Develop a brief Concept Note (not more than 10 pages) highlighting a possible GLTN project on the thematic area.

It is expected the final outputs include the following: 1. Final Research Report and 2. Brief Concept Note.


The Project will run for ten (10) months from July 2017 to March 2018.

Geographical Coverage

The project target area is global with case studies from three (3) different regions.

Requirements to submit the Expression of Interest

The Expression of Interest from interested research institutions and/or Universities should submit a cover letter and supporting documents containing the following:

  1. A concept paper comprising a detailed methodology, activities, tools and resource requirements, budget and timelines for delivery (10 pages max).
  2. A portfolio of the organization that includes the organizational profile (showed by brochure or website), a description of the projects within the scope of the EOI (land and natural resource governance), detailing experience of the organization in implementing similar projects (max 4 pages);
  3. A copy of constitution and/ or by- laws of the organization and a copy of the registration/ incorporation of the entity as applicable.
  4. A detailed list of completed projects including project description, clients, amount of award, implementation period;
  5. The CVs of the professional team to implement the project;
  6. Copies of statement of annual budget and annual reports of the previous 3 years;
  7. Copies of the two latest audited reports;
  8. Governance and organizational structure and proof of non-profit nature of the organization.

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 30th June 2017 to Danilo Antonio at the following email address:

Disclaimer: Please note that this notice does not constitute a solicitation and UN‐Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this project at any time in the process. Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that the submitting organization will be selected to carry out the implementation of the project.