WWF-Norway will engage a consultant to scope a new initiative for WWF and society partners in Uganda and Kenya that we are currently calling State of the Environment. This initiative aims at producing a report at regular intervals that gives:
- Status for implementation of environmental monitoring by governments in Uganda and Kenya in environmentally important areas that are impacted by oil and gas developments.
- State of the environment in these areas with regards to oil and gas developments and its impact on the environment
- Status of laws and regulations related to oil and gas to protect environmental assets and key ecosystems
Oil and gas developments are exploration, field development, operation of oil and gas facilities as well as construction of related infrastructure such as processing plants, refineries, pipelines and access roads. Governments should regularly monitor ecosystems and biodiversity indicators in environmentally important areas that could get impacts by such oil and gas developments.
When we publish the report and make actions and inactions of the government transparent, we make it possible for civil society, media and parliamentarians to hold government to account for limiting the negative impacts of oil and gas developments on nature.
We expect that civil society, media and parliamentarians will use the report to identify what they want government to do to close gaps. It is an opportunity for government itself. Donor governments, development banks and private investors can use the report as input to making the right decisions on where and how to invest development aid funding and private funds.
As Uganda and Kenya work to develop oil and gas resources, emerging issues relate to land rights, compensation, benefit sharing between central government and local government, expectations for jobs and benefits not met, etc. We experience that nature is not on the agenda the way it should be. On the day we launch the report, we aim to set nature on top of the agenda. Social issues, as important as they are, will not be.
We think such a report should be published every two or three years (depending on the recommendations given by the consultant) for as long as there is a need, possibly with WWF in the lead in the beginning, and some other appropriate organisation taking over after the initial stage.
This initiative will be part of WWFs existing program called Limiting Negative Impacts of Oil and Gas Development on Nature, People and Climate in East and Southern Africa through Civil Society Engagement and Advocacy. The overall objective is to hold government to account for limiting the negative impacts of oil and gas developments on nature.
The program is currently implemented in Uganda and Kenya with funding from Norad through Norad’s Oil for Development program, via WWF-Norway.
Please submit a tender to WWF-Norway by September 26th including a narrative, list of references, and a fixed price covering all costs except travel expenses, which will be reimbursed. An estimate of travel expenses is to be provided. Flights are economy class. The tender is to be submitted electronically by email to Tim Enebakk, Head of Finance and Administration of WWF-Norway.