|| harcoal making and its export from Somalia have been in practice since pre-colonial times to meet local and regional energy requirements and provide livelihoods opportunities for Charcoal Value Chain Beneficiaries (CVCBs). However, the unscrupulous plunder of forest and range resources for charcoal production has been witnessed during the last two decades. The breakdown of state institutions in 1991, protracted conflict, weakening of traditional systems of decision-making, vague tenures or resource ownership, illegal imports of huge quantities of Somali charcoal by neighbouring countries of the region, absence of alternative sources of energy and limited livelihoods options for a large “warring &marginalised” population has led to unsustainable production, trade and use of charcoal. In recent years, charcoal became the most sought after commodity to fuel the war economy with militia groups generating revenue in excess of USD15 million per annum from illegal exports. As such, a multitude of complex issues surround the production of charcoal in Somalia leading to triple threats – in the forms of irreversible environmental degradation, perpetual conflicts and dependence on short-term income from an unsustainable livelihood option. Realisation of these multifaceted issues resulted in imposition of a ban on the import of Charcoal from Somalia by the UN Security Council in February 2012.
To address the above issues, The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in collaboration with UNDP will implement an8 months project which is aimed at the Protection of Natural Resources and reverse the trend of land degradation of productive lands due to unsustainable production of charcoal. The project will purchase and distribute9000energy efficiency cooking stoves for IDPs, rural villages and vulnerable business women in 6 regions of Puntland.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of the Puntland Government of Somalia invites eligible companies/firms (“Contractors”) to an expression of interest in providing the above works. Interested contractors must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the works (proof of technical and financial capacity, relevantregistration certificates, brochures, description and proof of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, and availability of appropriate skills).