South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) Rivers and Plastics - A Diagnostic Report for the Indus Basin in Pakistan

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South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) Rivers and Plastics
A Diagnostic Report for the Indus Basin in Pakistan
EOI for Consulting Services

The Indus River is a lifeline for Pakistan, supporting agriculture, industry, and supplying freshwater and related services to millions of people. However, it is also one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The river is reported to have an annual intake of 164,332 tons of plastic waste. Industrial effluents, agricultural runoff, and wastewater from settlements along the river add to increasing levels of water pollution. In combination with this, Pakistan has the second largest domestic market for plastics in South Asia after India, with a domestic consumption of more than 2.7 kg per capita, which is expected to grow further with increasing urbanization.

The World Bank Group (WBG) is supporting Pakistan to address issues related to blue economy and plastic waste. A key first step is to enhance knowledge on plastic pollution in key waterways, which in the case of Pakistan is the Indus River Basin and the Indus River, which eventually flows into the Arabian Sea.

In support of these programmatic advisory interventions, the WBG seeks to engage the services of an experienced consulting firm to conduct a study to identify and investigate the major hotspots of plastic waste generation and sources of river/marine waste in Pakistan. The study, which would include but not be limited to urban centers, industrial towns/zones, and tourism hubs, seeks to understand the volume and nature of the plastic load received by different waterways in the Indus River Basin.

WBG is now inviting qualified consultants to express their interest in developing a comprehensive report on plastic leakage into water channels in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan. The main objective of this assignment is to undertake an evidence-based analysis of the contribution of plastic waste to water pollution in the Pakistan IRB in order to: (1) inform investment priorities to Manage clean-up of Indus River and its tributaries; (2) prevent addition of plastic and other wastes into the IRB water bodies by improving land-based waste management services such as collection, recycling, and treatment, and contribute towards circular economy agenda; and (3) inform and strengthen the diagnostic study on marine pollution, including litter and plastic, planned to initiate separately.

The assignment includes but not limited to gap analysis of relevant existing policy and institutional architecture, stakeholder consultations, developing and implementing a methodology for sampling, testing, and data analysis of macro/microplastic load, and providing actionable recommendations based on primary and secondary research.
Firms responding to this EOI must have direct, relevant experience in river/marine pollution data collection and analysis and interventions, as demonstrated by relevant project case histories and depth and breadth of staff expertise. Interested firms or consortia must have a local office and presence in Pakistan to be eligible.

WBG reserves the right to limit the number of qualified firms shortlisted. WBG reserves the right to verify any information provided, or to request additional information after EOI packages are received.

Interested firms are requested to submit a statement of qualifications including relevant case histories through World Bank Group eConsultant2
Expression of Interest Deadline: September 18,2020