The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a multi-sector analysis of investment options while safeguarding the ecological status of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin of southern Africa. Responses are due December 22.
The Cubango-Okavango River system rises in Angola, flows past Namibia and terminates in the Okavango Delta, the largest wetland in southern Africa, in Botswana's Kalahari Desert. Agriculture and livestock are the main activities in the basin. There are plans to expand irrigation that would affect river flow. Other basin activities include hunting, tourism, hydropower, aquaculture and subsistence harvesting of resources including fish and fuel.
The three nations have formed the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) for transboundary water cooperation.
The World Bank seeks to establish a development pathway to meet national development and poverty reduction objectives without compromising the ecosystem services and global value of the basin, which is known for its abundance of plant and animal life. The project is to develop a multi-sector analytical tool with a multi-basin dimension that will extend the current Multi-Sector Investment Opportunity Analysis tool developed in the Zambezi River Basin and produce a model and methodology that may be of use in other international river basins in Africa.
Work is expected to be performed from January 15-December 31, 2015.
Expressions of interest are to be submitted by December 22, electronically via the World Bank's eConsultant2 Internet site, https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html. A solicitation notice is available on the website under Business Opportunities, Solicitation No. 1166911.
For information, see the OKACOM Internet site, www.okacom.org.