EBA educates Gambian vendors on standard procurement policies

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) in The Gambia – a project designed to develop a climate-resilient and natural resource-based economy on Friday conducted a day’s training for vendors and stakeholders in the field of procurement at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA).

The training was conducted by a procurement specialist from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was designed to build the capacity of vendors and stakeholders on UNEP and EBA procurement procedures.

“Our experience from last year shows that there is a considerable scope for improvement of the contractors’ capacity in submitting responsive bids in order to minimize the possibilities of good experienced contractors becoming non-responsive due to deficiencies in bid preparation and lack of understanding of the UNEP procedures and standard bidding documents among other pertinent issues,” Muhammad L. Gomez, EBA’s deputy project manager said.

Vendors and stakeholders were enlightened that submitting a bid or proposal requires careful study of the tender document and asking for clarification in case of uncertainty.

The UN expert explained the principles of procurement, saying there must be best value for money; fairness, integrity and transparency and effective international competition.

The EBA project which is over one year comprises among other things, enrichment planting exercise to build climate resilience of poor communities in Lower River, Central River South, Central River North and Upper River Regions by improving rural landscapes and sustainable management of Gambian natural resources, targeting different communities. The project is expected to benefit more than 125 communities in three regions.

The project seeks to build the climate-resilience of rural Gambian communities and facilitate the development of a sustainable natural resource-based (green) economy by implementing large-scale EBAs within and adjacent to agricultural lands, community-managed forest reserves and wildlife conservation areas.

 The Gambia government secured funding of the project through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to be implemented in 6 years.

 According to officials, this large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) approach to natural resource management is a cost-effective and low-risk approach for building climate resilience of poor communities in the targeted areas.

Author: Bekai Njie