Niger seeks environmental, social review panel for 125-MW Kandadji

The government of Niger invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve on a panel of independent experts to review environmental and social management of the proposed 125-MW Kandadji Dam on the Niger River. Responses are due March 10.

The African Development Bank Group agreed to help finance the Kandadji Ecosystems Regeneration and Niger Valley Development Program, which includes construction of Kandadji Dam. Niger recruited consultants in 2010 to help implement an environmental and social management plan in the area.

The Niger Valley development commission, Haut Commissariat a l’Amenagement de la Vallee du Niger (HCAVN), now seeks technical assistance from a panel of independent experts with background in geotechnical and hydro-mechanical areas. The panel is to issue an opinion on the quality of studies for the design, management, and security of the works; perform environmental and social assessments; improve implementation of the resettlement plan; and issue opinions on measures to mitigate negative effects and any measures to optimize positive effects contained in the environmental and social management plans.

The panel also is to review construction and optimal management of the hydro project upon operation, taking into account recommendations of the World Commission on Dams and internationally recognized procedures. Work is expected to begin in March.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 4 p.m. March 10, delivered or e-mailed to the address below. Responses must be labeled “Candidature au poste de Geotechnicien ou Hydromecanicien.”

For information, contact:
o Programme Kandadji de Regeneration des Ecosystemes et de mise en Valeur de la Vallee du Niger (P_KRESMIN), Secretariat UEP locaux ONAHA, Tillaberi, Niger;
o Bureau du Secretaire general du HCAVN, Immeuble Sonara II 3eme etage, BP 206, Niamey, Niger; (227) 20-732313; Fax: (227) 20-732185; E-mail: uepkandadji@yahoo.fr, kandadji@intnet.ne.

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