South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) Rivers and Plastics - Plastic Pollution Management in India - Inland Waterways to Seas

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Assignment Title: 1270604 - South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) Rivers and Plastics - Plastic Pollution Management in India - Inland Waterways to Seas

Assignment Countries:
- India

The World Bank Group (WBG) is supporting India to address issues related to blue economy and plastic waste, more specifically marine plastic pollution. The World Bank more specifically has an active program of investments with SAR countries on solid waste management, innovation and the growth of MSMEs, and work with a wide range of sectors like transportation, agriculture, fisheries, coastal zone management, and urban development that provide important entry points to advance work on the reduction of the flow plastics in the economy.

SAWI work in India focuses on increasing an understanding of the role of inland rivers, waterways, and channels to carry plastics to the open seas. It advances analytic work that will help mainstream plastics waste reductions into more specific World Bank India lending portfolio investments focusing at the intersection of priority hotspots along waterways and most immediate opportunities for follow-up. One of the key projects in the World Bank India portfolio with an immediate opportunity to address the flow of plastics into the sea is a recently approved Enhancing Coastal and Ocean Resources Efficiency (ENCORE) program focusing on addressing coastal pollution management and infrastructure development in select geographical locations in the 13 coastal states and union territories of India.

In support of these programmatic advisory interventions, the WBG seeks to engage the services of an experienced consulting firm to conduct a study in geographical locations Pulicat Lake, Gulf of Khambat and Vembanad Lake. Though these form part of inland waterways and channels, thereby supporting SAWI, yet the pollution reaching the seas contribute to marine plastic pollution and potentially further contributes towards transboundary movement of plastics. Further, these locations have environmental significance especially in the context of coastal zone management as they are critically vulnerable.

WBG is now inviting qualified consultants to express their interest in developing a comprehensive report that would clearly identify potential investment opportunities and viable business models in each of the three coastal areas to address plastic pollution management for the identified major plastics. The recommended solutions are required to be sustainable and supported with a rationale. These opportunities will help inform ENCORE program plastic waste management activities that are (i) suitable for communities engagement, (ii) cost effective, (iii) sustainable, and (iv) easy to upscale. The study will also provide data and recommendations to inform other India and regional operations including Plastics Free Rivers and Seas for South Asia in addition to contributing in aligning operations with ongoing and pipeline operations of World Bank and IFC.

The assignment includes but not limited to undertaking baseline study to identify and quantify of key types of plastics, as per consumer goods/use, that pollute marine environment, identifying main drivers of plastic pollution, data analysis of plastics including material flow analysis and life cycle analysis, 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, development of stakeholder plan as well as contingency response plan in COVID-19 situation, 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 India 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 to through World Bank Group eConsultant2



The World Bank Group intends to finance the assignment / services described below under the following:
- Rivers and Plastics: Addressing Transboundary River Pollution in South Asia


Eligibility restrictions apply:
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The consultant will be a firm.

The World Bank Group now invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested firms 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. for firms; CV and cover letter for individuals). Please note that the total size of all attachments should be less than 5MB. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.

Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through World Bank Group eConsultant2 (

Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Shortlisting and selection will be subject to the availability of funding.

Only those firms which have been shortlisted will receive notification. No debrief will be provided to firms which have not been shortlisted.