The World Bank Group is launching a Call for Innovation under the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) to bridge the gap between innovators and port developers/owners to build sustainable and integrated coastal management. The call is part of the WACA Resilience Investment Project (WACA ResIP), a multi-country regional project that aims to support present assets and strengthen the resilience of coastal communities for Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, and Togo. The project supported them develop multi-sectoral investment planning processes, culminating in WACA Multi Sector Investment Plans (MSIPs).
The challenge is to identify innovative and feasible solutions to fight coastal erosion and flooding issues associated with the ongoing development of large commercial ports and maritime operations in the six countries. In most cases, existing ports were built with limited if no zero planning and considerations of potential exacerbation of coastal erosion. The significant threat is that this shortcoming is also occurring in the
design and construction of new ports. The scope is to identify innovations that allow to avoid, mitigate, and remediate the geomorphological and ecological impacts associated with existing and planned commercial ports in West Africa.
Deadline: 18-Dec-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
To ascertain the potential energy savings and cost reductions, the World Bank will engage a consultant to conduct a detailed energy and water audit of the Cutzamala system to identify, assess and recommend opportunities for improving energy efficiency and load management.
The assignment is expected to be conducted in three Phases:
Inception Phase Preliminary Assessment
Phase I Assessment of energy efficiency, load management & renewable energy opportunities
Phase II Identification and assessment of new technologies and financing options
Deadline: 12-Nov-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The assignment aims at filling the encountered gaps in terms of methodical base, qualitative and quantitative data for hydromorphological quality elements (HMQE), required for the assessment of the ecological status of surface water bodies (SWBs) and potential of Heavily Modified Water Bodies (HMWB) and Artificial Water Bodies (AWBs), in compliance with the WFD and most recent good practices and CIS guidance documents. The procedures are mandatory for achieving the objectives of Directive 2000/60/EC and the obligations of Bulgaria as a MS with respect to the EU water policy. The results have to provide the missing and further develop the existing methodical basis, which should regulate and guide the identification and designation of HMWBs & AWBs, the execution of further field works and monitoring programs, the interpretation of the results for HMQEs and the following assessment of the hydromorphological status of SWBs of category rivers, lakes and transitional waters as supporting the overall ecological status assessment.
Deadline: 07-May-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
This assignment aims at the development of a national methodology for identification and designation of HMWBs by further development of the existing national approach and adaptation of most recent international best practices. The methodology should comply with the Water Framework Directive and the relevant Common Implementation Strategy Guidance documents and should simultaneously consider the local specifics and the identified deficiencies during the previous cycles of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs). It should largely (at this stage for 3rd RBMP) be based on available data regarding the various modifications and any appraisal guidance for them and any findings of such appraisals. A testing of the methodology with application of the “mitigation measures” methods for all types of physical modifications and uses of the surface water bodies is planned within the frame of the assignment by the use of readily available data.
Deadline: 25-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
To assist IFC for this project, IFC intends to hire a team of Technical Consultants and Legal Consultants to provide specialized inputs for the Project. The Technical Consultant will assist IFC with all the technical aspects related to the development of the Project, assist IFC with structuring, preparing the tender documents, providing the technical inputs for the project, and other relevant agreements as required and assisting in conducting a transparent bidding process, including evaluation of the technical qualification of the bidders.
Repost of most read water World Bank blog post of 2018
The 8th World Water Forum was held in Brazil a few days ago. What’s ironic is that the more than nine thousand of us attending this Forum were discussing water-related issues in a city of three million grappling with a severe water shortage. After checking in at my hotel, the first thing I found in my room was a notice from the Government informing guests of this crisis and recommending ways to reduce water use. We recently learned of the predicament in Cape Town, South Africa, which was on the verge of running out of this essential liquid—a plight facing many cities around the world.
Water Security is the new buzzword in the water sector… but what does it mean, really? And how is it applied to real life?
For countries and governments, the term national water security means having adequate water, both in quantity and quality, to meet all demands of the population, the productive sectors and the environment, but also dealing well with extremes, and overall managing the resource adequately and efficiently.
Deadline: 09-Sep-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
This study will provide the Karachi Water and Sanitation Board (KWSB) with strategic guidance by comparing different approaches to augmenting water supply for the rapidly growing city of Karachi. A particular focus will be on attracting private sector participation in service provision.
The scope of the study will include: (i) reviewing existing research on future raw water supplies in Karachi and defining KWSBs service territory; (ii) developing options for sequencing future water supply sources, with a view to promoting private sector participation in the sector; and (iii) reviewing the enabling environment for Private Sector Participation (PSP).
Access to a safe, sustainable water supply is a growing concern in every region of the world. In many communities, groundwater is being pumped by diesel fueled systems, which are both expensive and can be difficult to maintain. In communities where electricity is scarce, solar can be a part of the solution.
The highest demand for solar pumps is among rural off-grid areas, currently underserved, or served by costly fuel-driven pumps. Solar pumping is most competitive in regions with high solar insolation, which include most of Africa, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; but the technology can operate successfully in almost any regions of the world.