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East Africa region seeks management of transboundary waters

The seven-nation Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to map, assess, and manage transboundary water resources in the IGAD region of East Africa. Responses are due September 1.

IGAD, which includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda, seeks services including analysis of data on the physical potential, occurrence, and distribution of transboundary water resources; development of an integrated water resources management model for basins and for groundwater; and establishment of a regional database and geographic information system.

Consultants also are to perform a socio-economic and environmental assessment, prepare base maps, and assist in national and sub-regional capacity building.

The executing agency, Sahara and Sahel Observatory, plans to shortlist five to seven firms to bid for the work.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 2 p.m. September 1 to the address below. For information, contact Sahara and Sahel Observatory (Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel � OSS), Bd du Leader Yasser Arafat, BP 31-1080 Tunis, Tunisia; (216) 71-206633; Fax: (216) 71-206636; E-mail: boc@oss.org.tn.

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