Background
Focusing on South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, the project Blue-Green Development in Kiribati: Sustainable community-based Development for Climate and pandemic resilience aims to build resilience to common challenges faced by Small Island Developing States in the Pacific region, such as remoteness, climate change and pandemic impacts. By developing new models combining income generation, ecological health, coastal defence, improved food security and economic self-reliance, will reduce dependence on external supplies and services. Two urban local councils will develop, adopt and initiate the implementation of Climate and COVID Resilience Plans (CCRPs). This promotes inclusive and sustainable community-based development aligned with national policies and programs. Self-reliance will be enhanced through improved sustainable livelihood opportunities, which contribute towards improved food security and environmental protection. Driving this project through traditional governance systems will demonstrate how enhanced participation and collaboration at all levels of government and society accelerate sustainable development.
The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The lead Project Implementing Organisation is ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability World Secretariat, working with Implementing Partners Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific (CLGF) and the Kiribati Local Government Association (KiLGA).
The project will support a range of initiatives selected by ten participating communities in South Tarawa, with particular focus on sustainable management of marine resources, innovative approaches to waste management, and improvements for land based food production.
Request for Quotation
The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) seeks quotations for the supply of biochar that can be exported for use in saline soil remediation and improvement as well as animal fodder supplementation in South Tarawa, Kiribati. Quotations should be expressed in price per tonne, with options for the supply of amounts between 5 and 10 tonnes, and a delivery period within the next 2- 6 months. Shipping costs, import duties and storage facilities in South Tarawa need not be included as these will be met separately by CLGF.
Suppliers providing quotations should indicate:
● description of the characteristics of the biochar that can be supplied, including moisture content and particle size, and options for supply such as dry powder or pelletisation
● evidence as to the quality of the biochar arising from feedstock used, temperature of pyrolysis, and any other factors relevant to its suitability for the intended agricultural use
● the contact details of two clients who can provide references in relation to the quality, value for money and timeliness of similar biochar that has been previously supplied for agricultural use.
Evaluation Criteria
The preferred provider will be selected based on consideration of the following attributes:
● evidence of quality and appropriateness of the product (50%)
● price (50%). The price will be guaranteed for a period of six months after signing the contract.
Quotations should be delivered by e-mail in pdf format no later than 28 July to Mrs Karibaiti Taoaba, Regional Director, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, taoaba@clgfpacific.org.fj.
Inquiries and requests for further information and documentation in relation to the provision of the required services should be directed by email to Dr Jane Stanley, Consultant to the Commonwealth Local Government Forum: jstanley49@bigpond.com .

Don Coyne
Author: Don Coyne