Project: NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION PROJECT
Financing: World Bank
Abstract: DEVELOPMENT OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR 12 COMMUNITIES OF TAVOUSH AND GEGHARKUNIK MARZES
Loan/Credit Number: Loan No. 36520-AM; Project ID No. P057847
Deadline: 26 October 2005
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Armenia has received a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) toward the cost of the Natural Resources Management and Poverty Reduction Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the Development of Forest Management Plans for 12 Communities of Tavoush and Gegharkunik Marzes.
The main objective of the assignment is to develop, in close cooperation with communities, forest management plans (FMPs) and forest rehabilitation designs for the Tsaghkavan, Koghb, Berdavan, Aygehovit, Voskevan, Kiranc, Acharkut, Koti,Tovuz, Movses communities of Tavoush marz and Antaramej, Aygut communities of Gegharkunik marz.
During implementation of the assignment, the Consultants should take the following into account:
The Consultants should collaborate with representatives of local communities, marz authorities and representatives of forest enterprises to clarify the areas to be allocated for community forest management and for which community FMPs should be developed.
For the preparation of FMPs, the community needs, their readiness, opportunities and resource users associations of the communities should be clarified. The Consultant should also clarify who should be provided with the rights of community forest management and forest use and who should collaborate with forest enterprises.
The Consultant should organize workshops with representatives of local communities regarding forest management, where should be discussed the issues concerning environmental, social and economic problems and the ways for meeting local demands and needs.
During the community FMP development and preparation, special attention should be given to conservation of more valuable resources, elimination and prevention of negative impacts, application of best international practices such as methodologies for “rapid assessment of forest biodiversity”, protection of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF), various ‘Green forests’ initiatives.
FMPs should include economic, ecological and social aspects of the use of timber and non-timber products.
The Consultants should provide assistance and supervision over the future implementation of measures stated in the designs, according to the action plan.
Prepared by the consultants, FMPS should include:
Summary of the results of forest inventory and taxation
Maps of boundaries of forest squares and compartments and other forest maps
Definition of the scope of use of cultural, recreational, entertainment, by-product, grazing, hunting resources and other community needs, assessment of anthropogenic impacts
Analysis of forest use and anthropogenic pressures during the previous management cycle (illegal logging, land occupation, grazing)
Planning of relevant measures for forest rehabilitation, conservation, protection and use for a period of 10 years
Designs for forest rehabilitation measures for each community
New recommendations for forest management on participation opportunities of forest adjacent communities, legislative changes, biodiversity conservation, etc.
Ecological, economic and social substantiation of forest management design
The Natural Resources Management and Poverty Reduction Project Implementation Unit now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.
A consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality-and Cost-Based Selection procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, January 1997 (September 1997 and January 1999).
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below from 0900 to 1800 hours.
Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below no later than 26 October 2005.
Contact: Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia.
Natural Resources Management and Poverty Reduction Project Implementation Unit.
Attn: Mr. Armen Badalyan, PIU Directo.
129 Armenakyan St.
375047 Yerevan, Armenia.
Tel: (374-1) 651-631.
Fax: (374-1) 651-631.
Notice Number: WB2904-664/05
UNDB Print Edition: Issue No. 664, 16 October 2005
Posted Online: 27 September 2005