Land degradation occurs across the world, and has increasingly adverse impacts on the environment. In Madagascar, an estimated one-third of the island’s land resources are degraded highlighting land degradation as a mayor threat to people’s livelihoods.
The LDN Fund is currently evaluating an investment proposal submitted by Aqre group. Aqre Group is seeking investment to expand its processing capacity and the sustainable production of Artemisia and Bark, sourced from more than 15.000 smallholders spread over several areas in Madagascar.
The IDH-managed LDN Technical Assistance Facility (LDN TAF) seeks to support Aqre on its way to investment readiness. In order to do this, IDH invites eligible consultants to submit a proposal for the assignment ‘Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and development of E&S Management Plan for AQRE’s current and future operations’.
The LDN TAF seeks to commission a combined social and environmental audit and impact assessment of Aqre’s existing operations and for proposed new/scaled activities. The purpose of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) is to assess and predict potential adverse social and environmental impacts and to develop suitable mitigation measures, which are documented in an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP). Based on a sound understanding of risks and impacts (negative and positive) AQRE’s will build its robust social and environmental management system (ESMS).
In addition, the assignment has the objective to identify opportunities to maximize environmental and social impact connected to Aqre’s operations.
We invite you to read the Terms of Reference below and to submit your proposal before the 9th of December 2020.
Investments in Land restoration and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices are needed to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation. The Land Degradation Neutrality Technical Assistance Facility (LDN TAF), managed by the IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, is able to provide technical assistance to projects in implementation stage so that LDN Fund clients have greater capacity to implement projects to a higher technical standard and/or with increased positive social and environmental impacts. More information on the LDN TAF can be found here.