ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - P128412
Director of European Integration and Projects | Published May 10, 2016 - Deadline June 6, 2016
Conducting Hydrological Models And Bathymetricmeasurements
(bovilla And Ulza Reservoirs
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Project Id.: P128412
Grant No:. TF 017364
Assignment Title: Conducting Hydrological Models And Bathymetric Measurements (Bovilla and Ulza reservoirs)
TheGovernment of Albania has received a loan of International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) whichprovides EUR 7,693,000; a grant from the Swedish Government EUR 7,692,000 and a grant from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)EUR 2,215,000, to finance the Environmental Services Project (ESP). The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development("World Bank") is acting as administrator of the amount provided. The Ministry of Environment (MoE) has overall responsibility forthe Project, and the Directorate of Integration and ProjectCoordination is responsible for the implementation of the Projectthrough its Project Management Team (PMT).
TheESP project has the following components:
Component 1- Strengthening Institutional Capacity to improve environmental services from integrated landscape management.The component aims to build a stable institutional environment that facilitates sustainable upland management, therebyimprovingenvironmental service provision.
Component 2- Planning and Provision of IPARD like Grants to improve land management
The component aims to increase the provision ofenvironment services to downstream beneficiaries and society as a whole, whilst increasing the return and livelihood opportunitiesto the owners/users/managers ofthe land through improving forest, pasture and micro-catchment management.
Component 3- Introducing Payments for Environmental Services
The component will help establish financing mechanismsto reduce land degradation and support sustainable livelihoods through provision of and compensation for environmental services.
Component 4-Supporting Project Implementation
The objective of the component is to support the MOEto carry out mainstreamed project implementation and overall coordination according to agreed arrangements.
These Terms of Reference serve to define the responsibilities, tasks and qualifications required for a consultantthat will undertake a study on conducting hydrogeological models for Bovilla and Ulza reservoirs. Bovilla and Ulza watersheds arevulnerable to climate change hazards particularly droughts and floods. Bad land management practices have adversely affect naturalecosystems, community livelihoods and infrastructure. The ESP will support several activities in Bovilla and Ulza watersheds. Theseactivities aim to reduce the vulnerability of ecosystemsand local communities to the effects of human induce, non-proper managementpractices or weather conditions.
The surrounding of Bovilla and Ulza watersheds are composed of different ecosystems as listedbelow:
Ø Forest ecosystem;
Ø The reservoir ecosystem;
Ø Water sources and rivers ecosystem;
Ø Pastoral ecosystem;
Ø Agricultural land ecosystem.
The ecosystems provide services such as natural cycle of nutrients, soil formation and primaryproduction, but are under considerable human pressure. They play an important role in carbon sequestration, water quality,biodiversity values, etc. Direct services are also provided, such as drinking water, fire wood, medicinalplants, soil protection,fish, etc.
The objective of this assignment is to build hydrological models for Bovilla and Ulza reservoirs and to assess thecombined impact of weather conditions (climate change) and human activities on the availability and sustainability of surface waterand groundwater resources (its currentand future availability). The assignment also aims to provide quantitative estimates ofsediments delivery to Bovilla and Ulza reservoirs related to the land use change, and will establish the basis to proposemechanismsto start payment for environmental services in two case studies: in Bovilla and Ulza watersheds.
Thework will include:
i) The development and calibrationof a local scalesurface water and groundwater flow model (such as SWAT, FIESTA, etc.);
ii) The assessment of the possible climate changeimpacts on surface water and groundwater system.
Theoverall objective is to provide sound scientific knowledge on the current and future availability of waterresources in the light of anticipated human activities and climate change impacts to support:
i) review of major water management policies (the'master plan for water');
ii) drought response mechanisms;
iii) legislative and regulatory instruments governing theuse of waterresources;
iv) the design of field activities that increase the availability ofwater for local communities in the long term supporting sustainable water resources management.
The assignment will be implemented over 12 month period andthe estimated cost amounts at Euro 250,000.
The Ministry of Environment now inviteseligible consulting firms ("Consultants")to indicate their interest in providing the Services.
Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating thatthey have the requiredqualifications and relevant experience in carrying out these type of assignments. They should provide informationdemonstrating that they are qualified for the assignmentas follows:
· Descriptionof the profile of the company; background and personnel, (30points);
· Descriptionof most relevant and similar work/assignments, demonstrating appropriate skills inwatershed ecosystem services, conducting hydrological models using multiple data sourcing, bathymetric measurements, GIS tools and technologies, hydrology and hydrogeology, waterresource management. (Provide information related to completed and/or on-going assignments: name of theassignment/project, source of funding, cost, duration, role as sole partner and/or member of JV) (60 points);
· Experience in the region or similar countries in similar assignments (10 points)
The attention of interested Consultants isdrawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection andEmployment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011edition)("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.
Consultants may associate with other firms inthe form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordancewith the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
Further information can be obtained at theaddress below during officehours: 09:00 to 16:00 hour.
Expressions of interest must be delivered ina written form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by June 6, 2016.
Director of European Integration and Projects
Ministry of Environment
Address: Blvd. Zhan D'Ark, ishgodina ATSH, Tirana, Albania
Tel: +355 42259900
Cc: Erion Istrefi, Project Coordinator