Assessing the Status and Rehabilitation Needs of the Lake Elmenteita Hot Springs

Terms of Reference

Consultancy

Assessing the Current Status and Rehabilitation Needs of the Lake Elmenteita Hot Springs and the Riparian Area to Identify Priority Areas for Rehabilitation

BACKGROUND

The Greater Lake Elmenteita Conservation Area (GLECA) is a Self-Help Group registered in 2009 with the main goal of protecting, conserving and managing Lake Elmenteita and its Riparian Land (95.434 km2) which is set aside for wildlife conservation for the benefit of present and future generations. GLECA, which consists an elected Management Steering Committee draws its membership from representatives of local communities, adjacent landowners, and local tourism stakeholders.

The group aims at promoting the Lake Elmenteita ecosystems by harmonizing the various land-use activities in the GLECA region to ensure the water body in Lake Elmenteita is conserved and protected while supporting livelihoods of the local communities. Since inception, GLECA has been instrumental in advocating for the gazettement of the Lake Elmenteita National Wildlife Sanctuary along with the inscription of Kenya Lake System World Heritage Site.

Despite its significance, the Lake is threatened by habitat degradation, encroachment and developments in riparian areas, siltation, water pollution, bathing in the hot springs, blockage of wildlife routes, habitat loss and declining wildlife numbers around the south end of the lake. Other threats include increased human activities, fences and rock walls in riparian areas, improper management of sewer by facilities, illegal logging, sand harvesting and illegal grazing encroachment into the sanctuary. GLECA has collaborated with Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and other partners to address these current and emerging threats to the ecosystem.

In 2019, under its Small Grant Program (SGP), the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) approved funding to support strengthening of GLECA’s capacity to implement environmental conservation activities aimed at addressing some of the threats facing Lake Elmenteita and restore the degraded sites. This consultancy is being comissioned in partial fulfilment of this grant.

CONSULTANCY OBJECTIVES/SCOPE OF WORK

The main purpose of this consultancy is to assess the current status and rehabilitation needs of the Lake Elmenteita hot springs and the riparian area to identify priority areas for rehabilitation. Specifically, the consultancy aims to establish the following:

  • Develop a detailed plan for the assessment of the ecological status of the hot springs and surrounding riparian area.

  • Conduct the assessment on the current status of the hot springs and surrounding riparian area.

  • Develop a detailed strategy outlining priority areas of rehabilitation.

KEY DELIVERABLES

The consultant will deliver the following outputs:

  1. An inception report outlining a plan of assessment, with clear tools and methodologies proposed.

  2. A report outlining current status and detailed plan for rehabilitation.

SUPPORT TO THE CONSULTANT

The consultant will be contracted by and will directly report to GLECA Steering Committee & GEF Grant Manager in undertaking the assessment and rehabilitation plan. GLECA will familiarize the consultant with the background information and provide technical support and guidance to ensure the consultant completes the work as per the agreed deliverables.

DURATION OF CONSULTANCY

The delivery of capacity strengthening support is expected to be completed within 40 working days starting from the date selected consultancy firm/company will sign the contract.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates interested in the position will be expected to provide the following documentation:

  1. A technical response to the TOR by the consultant demonstrating an understanding of how the assessment will be undertaken.

  2. Initial work plan based on methodology outlined and availability of applicant.

  3. Company profile and/or CV of the consultant.

  4. Sample of previous related work.

How to apply

GLECA invites interested firms or consultants experienced in Ecology, organizational development, sustainable community livelihoods in protected areas or related background to submit their application and quotation via email to [email protected] and [email protected] from 14th January 2021. The deadline for the submission is on or before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, 29th January 2021.

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