Deadline:    01-Apr-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank Group now invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services.Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through World Bank Group eConsultant2
Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Shortlisting and selection will be subject to the availability of funding. Only those firms which have been shortlisted will receive notification. No debrief will be provided to firms which have not been shortlisted.

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eC2: Impacts of Natural Disasters on the Agro-Sylvo-Pastoral and Fisheries Sectors in Central Africa

Deadline:    01-Mar-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) index

1. Develop a diagnosis on damage and losses caused by natural disasters in agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries/aquaculture sectors of ECCAS Member States since 2010. This report should present on one hand types of damages and losses per types of natural hazards and highlight on the other hand the relative importance of products by value (export vs food security), and finally how the sectors (agriculture and fisheries/aquaculture) provided access to food and livelihoods during and after the disasters. This task will be undertaken thru a desk review and consultative interviews/ survey of the agriculture/fisheries and aquaculture and disaster risk management Focal Points of the Member States.
2. Prepare a guide on national and international existing mechanisms such as climate smart agriculture practices etc, based on good practices, to strengthen and build the livelihoods of rural populations affected by natural disasters in Member States.
3. Identify agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries/aquaculture sectors specific needs for hydrometeorological (Hydromet) services to build resilience and capacity to reduce the effects of natural disasters. This task will be completed by consultative interviews/ survey of the agriculture/fisheries and aquaculture focal points.
4. Based on the diagnosis, on identified mechanisms and sectoral Hydromet needs, propose recommendations for a resilient agriculture and building the livelihoods of rural populations affected by natural disasters in ECCAS region.

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Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

Scientists are constantly getting better at knowing when the next hurricane, landslide, or aofr-facebook_0.pngflood will happen. However, science communication about these disasters lags behind. As Leonardo da Vinci described, art has a unique power to communicate this type of knowledge to people everywhere.  

Natural events and disasters of the past have influenced some of the most iconic art of our time. From Turner’s sunsets to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – both were composed in the shadow of the greatest volcanic eruption of our age, Mount Tambora in 1815. The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Japanese artist Hokusai (c. 1829–33) has been interpreted as a warning about tsunami risk. In an era of increasing natural hazards and climate change, art can also communicate the future risks we face.

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Rebuilding communities after disasters – four and a half lessons learned

The death toll from Cyclone Idai that ripped into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in IDAI Aftermath - A man fixes the roof of his house in Praia NovaMarch 2019 is now above 1,000, with damages estimated at $2 billion. In 2018, more than 10,000 people lost their lives in disasters (with $225 billion of economic losses). Approximately 79 percent of fatalities occurred in the Asia Pacific region, including the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. In fact, 2017 and 2018 have been estimated as the most expensive back-to-back years for weather disasters, totaling $653 billion of losses.

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After disasters hit, how countries and communities can build back better

asset_3Disaster losses disproportionately affect poor people, according to the 2017 “Unbreakable” report. The Caribbean Hurricane season of 2017 was a tragic illustration of this.

Not one, but two Category 5 hurricanes wreaked destruction on numerous small islands, causing severe damages on islands like Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Martin. The human cost of these disasters was immense, and the impact of this devastation was felt most strongly by poorer communities in the path of the storms.

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