Nile Lakes states seek feasibility study, environmental assessment of Rwanda water resources management project

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Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite expressions of interest from consultants to perform a feasibility study and social and environmental assessment of irrigation development and water resources management, including hydropower, in Rwanda's Muvumba River Valley. Responses to two solicitations are due June 21.

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative includes Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. NELSAP promotes water resources development, including hydropower, in eastern Africa. Recent initiatives include a hydroelectric power development plan for South Sudan, development of the 90-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project in Rwanda, and a multipurpose water resources development project, including hydropower, in the Aswa River Basin of Uganda and South Sudan.

In the first of two solicitations, NELSAP and Rwanda's Ministry of Agriculture now invite expressions of interest from consultants to produce feasibility studies for an irrigation development and watershed management project in the Muvumba River Valley. The studies are to explore the potential to increase irrigation and develop potable water, hydropower generation, flood and drought control, and watershed management of critically degraded sub-catchments. The consultant also is to carry out detailed design of the best option. The work is expected to require 15 months beginning in September.

In a second solicitation, NELSAP and the Agriculture Ministry invite expressions of interest from consultants to undertake an environmental and social impact assessment and to develop a resettlement action plan for the Muvumba River Valley project. That work includes baseline assessments, scoping, prediction of environmental and social effects, assessment of options, and development of mitigation measures. The work is expected to require 10 months beginning in January 2014.

Expressions of interest, including electronic submissions, for both solicitations are due to the address below by 11 a.m. June 21, labeled "EOI for the Feasibility Studies for Muvumba Irrigation Development and Watershed Management Project" or "EOI for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Developing a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for Muvumba Irrigation Development and Watershed Management Project."

For information, contact Thuguri Mungai, Procurement Specialist, Nile Basin Initiative/NELSAP, Kigali City Tower, Fifth Floor, Plot 6418 Avenue du Commerce, P.O. Box 6759, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 788307334; Fax: (250) 252580100; E-mail: tmungai@nilebasin.org, eolet@nilebasin.org, nelcu@nilebasin.org; Internet: http://nilebasin.org/newnelsap.

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