The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would like to ensure that small-scale miners (SSMs) currently mining in small-scale mining hotspots comply with the requirements of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) No. 7 of 2007, along with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations No. 30 of 2012. These regulatory frameworks require EIAs to be conducted for mining and quarrying activities, given their potential negative environmental impacts. At the moment, there are four (4) small-scale mining sites in the Erongo Region, namely: Tubussis, Xoboxobos, Otjimbojo West, and Omapyu South, which are operating without Environmental Management Plans (EMPs). However, as a requirement of the EMA, mining operators require Environmental Clearance Certificates (ECC) from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) under the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) in order to carry out their mining activities legally.
Each of the sites encompasses several mining claims, owned and operated by different individual persons. MME has recognized the need to enhance the quality of life for the artisanal and small-scale miners working outside of formal legal and economic systems, to help them transition to the formal system and to enhance the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. As such, the MME with funding from the UNDP-SEPA Environmental Governance for Natural Resources Management Programme will be facilitating the acquisition of ECCs for the four (4) sites.
Against the above background, MME requires the services of a consultant or consultants to conduct EIAs for the two of the four small-scale mining hotspots identified above.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of MME and UNDP, the consultant will be required to conduct two EIAs for two of the small-scale mining hotspots, out of the four: Tubussis, Xoboxobos, Otjimbojo West, and Omapyu West. The EIA will take into account all activities and the anticipated impacts from the various sites, and subsequently compile practical/implementable environmental management plans for each of the sites in order to support the issuance of ECCs for various small-scale mining sites.
To be specific, the consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks:
1. Conduct a collective EIA for two of the four small-scale mining hotspots (Tubussis, Xoboxobos, Otjimojo West and Omapyu South);
2. Conduct a scoping exercise that involves an engagement of relevant Interested and Affected Parties (I&AP), local authorities, government ministries and specialists.
3. Assess the bio-physical, socio-economic impacts of mining activities in all the sites, considering both current and future activities.
4. Conduct public participation meetings in affected communities.
5. Compile two separate Scoping EIA Reports, with specialist studies findings appended to report
The consultant should demonstrate the following:
Required Skills and Experience
Recommended Presentation of Offer;
Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (based on the number of working days mentioned ToR.
Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.
To view the full Terms of Reference (TOR) and download letter of confirmation of interest and P11 form, please access the UNDP Procurement Notice site on the below link: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=66469
Namibia nationals: National consultant for a collective Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for small-scale mining hotspots in Kunene Region
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Windhoek, Namibia 🇳🇦