The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Nepal in partnership and technical guidance from Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) is requesting proposals for “Assessment of water quality in wetlands used by Greater One-horned Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park (CNP)”.
This call is a part of a comprehensive project which intends to secure habitat and wetlands used by rhinos in Chitwan National Park.
- The overall objective of this study is to assess the health of major wetlands used by rhinos in Chitwan National Park, the specific objectives are:
- To assess the physio-chemical and biological make up of wetland water used by rhinos in Chitwan National Park.
- To document algal/bacterial status and associated toxins in major wetlands used by Rhinos in Chitwan National Park.
- The consultant will provide detailed methodology for each of the specific objectives mentioned in an inception report. A final technical report should be provided which should include the outcomes listed below.
- Levels of various parameters against establish reference level of water quality for the lakes, water holes and wetlands in and around Chitwan National Park.
- Identification of harmful algal blooms (HABs) especially cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom and levels of cyanotoxins concentration.
- Potential risks to rhino health from the identified toxins and parameter levels.
- An inception report and presentation on work plan and profile (equipment and human resources) of laboratory selected for sample testing.
- Field consultation and preliminary finding presentation and report.
- Final Technical Report followed by presentation (including GPS locations of sample collection sites).
- Photographs (identified HABs) and GPS locations of sample collection sites.
- WWF Nepal seeks applications from qualified Nepali candidates.
- This study requires a consulting firm, organization with a team of experts possessing sound knowledge and experience on wetlands and wildlife, water quality, laboratory testing and microbiology. A team with wildlife health expert would be an added advantage.
For more information, visit World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).