eConsultant2: Environmental and Social Consultant

Deadline: 17-Jan-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is being Ethiopia-Road-Constructionconsidered as lead advisor to structure and promote a new Roads Concession Program.The Client expects to attract international bidders for the above mentioned Concessions Program.This consultant is expected to render advisory services for IFC and its client related to key socio-environmental issues concerning the Transaction.

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Multilateral Development Banks and Safeguards

This piece is an abstract. Article originally published in the Huffington Post. on September 8. Full article can be viewed on its website.

Independent evaluations at multilateral WB HQdevelopment banks (MDBs) have called for a reform of the system of safeguards that they use to deflect potential damages to communities and the environment associated with the investments they finance. Without such mitigation, roads can harm habitats, dams displace communities and slum rebuilding hurt livelihoods. The purpose of reform, the reviews stressed, should be to improve environmental and social outcomes of safeguards, while reducing inefficiencies in their implementation. Continue reading

Jamaica – Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project

On July 28 the Board of Directors of the World Bank will be processing the Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project for Jamaica. This will be done on an Absence of Objection basis, with the project expected to be adopted without trouble.

The project involves a total of $7.5 million in support of the meteorological data gathering, of which $6.8 million is provided by the World Bank. The goal of the project is to improve the quality and use of climate related data and information for effective planning and action at local and national levels.

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Panama – Sustainable Production Systems and Conservation of Biodiversity

The Sustainable production systems and conservation of biodiversity project in Panama is about to be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. After the expected Board approval, the project will become active and a procurement plan will be published on the World Bank project website. Shortly thereafter, the first procurement notice and actual tenders will be published. The project involves a total of almost $31 million, of which over $8 million is provided by Panama, and over $9.5 million by the GEF.
The Government of Panama has requested World Bank/GEF assistance in preparing the proposed project to further the conservation efforts undertaken by two earlier MBC projects, and  introduce innovation in sustainability options and support for biodiversity mainstreaming. The project will support enhanced corridor integrity and connectivity, and will contribute to preserve the resilience of regional ecosystems to climatic and other external pressures, including preservation of species of conservation concern.