Forest Department Gilgit Balistan- Tender for Camping in National Parks

09 Jul 2018

Bid Document for Establishment of Camping License in the National Parks, Gilgit Baltistan

Bid Document for Establishment of Camping License in the National Parks, Gilgit Baltistan

Forest, Wildlife and Enviornment Department, Government of Gilgit-Batistan

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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTANT

  1. ASSIGNMENT
  • Provision of Eco tourism services in National Parks
  • Establishment of camping sites in three categories at following National Parks
    • Deosai National Park
    • Central Karakoram National Park
    • Khunjarab National Park
  1. ASSIGNMENT DURATION

Six Months (Till Tourist Season Ends)

 

  1. REPORTING OFFICER

Secretary Forest, Parks, Wildlife and Environment Gilgit Baltistan (Through WLMO of National Park)

  1. BACKGROUND

 

Government of Gilgit-Baltistan has prioritized Ecotourism to uplift socioeconomic conditions of the local communities and to value the environmental conservation in the region. High alpine pristine ecosystems like Deosai Plains are being opened for ecotourism services, which host Brown Bear and Marmot and many rare species of flora and fauna. The Department of Forest, Wildlife and Environment is committed to ensure that all Ecotourism Facilities and related activities authorized on national parks are in the public interest, are ecologically sustainable, and to the greatest possible extent preserve the land’s natural condition and protect its cultural values and resources.

National Park in Gilgit Baltistan are notified under “Northern Areas Wildlife Preservation Act 1975” and is governed under its Management Plan. The prime objective to establish National Park is to protect and conserve the rare endangered wildlife species in the parks. Some of the area that has tourism potential is being opened for ecotourism from the year 2018. Out of 05 notified national parks in Gilgit Baltistan three parks namely Deosai National Park, central Karakorum national park and Khunjarab national park are fully functional with separate management arrangements and approved management plans

Average altitude of Deosai National Parks is 12,000 feet above sea level that brand it as the second highest plateau in the world after Tibetan Plateau. Deosai has a pristine ecosystem and a unique landscape that attracts nature and adventure lovers from across the globe. Himalayan Snow Trout and some indigenous fish species also exists in the waters of Deosai that also pose an attraction to the fish anglers.

The Central Karakoram in the Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan is a mountain area endowed with rich biodiversity, natural beauty and important resources. The Park compasses the world’s largest glaciers, outside the Polar Regions. It was declared as the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) in 1993: today it is the largest protected area of Pakistan, covering over 10,557.73 km2 in the Central Karakorum mountain range and the highest park all over the world, it is characterized by extremes of altitudes that range from 2,000 m a.s.l. to over 8,000 m a.s.l., including K2, the second highest peak in the world. It falls into four administrative districts of Gilgit-Baltistan Region.

In order to facilitate the maintenance of Central Karakoram National Park ecological integrity while, at the same time, providing sustainable management opportunities for local communities and visitors, a zoning system has been implemented.

some of the unique wildlife species are found in CKNP such as snow leopard, ladakh urial, Astore markhor, ibex and brown bear.

Khunjarab National Park have average altitude of 14000 feet above sea level. KNP is the home of some of unique wildlife species like Marco polo sheep blue sheep snow leopard brown bear and Tibetan wild ass. KNP is rich with medicinal plants which have great economic value and contributes to the park eco system and livelihood of the buffer zone and adjacent communities. KNP is strategically located on the CPEC route which makes it the only national park having trans boarder trade and landscape with tashghurgan game reserve in china.

Due to CPEC route and accessibility this park receives highest number of tourist a year as compared to the other national parks of the area. This influx of tourists calls for a proper eco-tourism management system to not only benefit the local communities but also for the sustainable management of the national park

  1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The department has planned to issue license to establish and run camping sites at each national park under three categories through private contractors and tour operators. Tourist season and camping activities vary in each park starting from April and ending in December each year with exception of some winter tourism activities during the snow season. Opening and closing season however may vary, as the climatic conditions at such altitudes are unpredictable.

  1. General Guidelines:

These conditions are derived from the Northern Areas Wildlife Preservation Act 1975, Management Plans of National Parks and lessons learned from previous years. The successful bidders shall uphold the following guidelines;

6.1       Legislative and Policy Context:

The objective of the Wildlife Preservation Act 1975 is the conservation of nature while allowing for:

  1. The involvement of Indigenous people in management of protected areas in which they have an interest
  2. The use and enjoyment of protected areas by community
  • The social, cultural and commercial use of protected areas in a way that is consistent with the natural, cultural and other values of the areas.

The Management Plans of National Parks also allows for the authorization of privately owned licensed, low-impact, temporary Ecotourism Facilities in the parks where use of the land for this purpose:

  1. Is in the public interest
  2. Is ecologically sustainable
  3. Will provide, to the greatest possible extent, for the preservation of the natural habitat, environmental conditions of the park and respect to the cultural values, norms and traditions of the buffer zone and adjacent communities.

The Department has established five principles to guide considerations for the development of Ecotourism Facilities in national parks. These principles guide the Department’s assessment process, the types of matters that will be considered and the approval arrangements. These five guiding principles are:

Principle 1:     Ecotourism Facilities on national parks are located, designed and managed sensitively to ensure compatibility with the natural and environmental values of the park.

Principle 2:     Ecotourism Facilities on national parks should offer unique or innovative visitor experiences.

Principle 3:     Diverse experiences and settings are promoted services, will be provided in three categories defined in section 06, below.

Principle 4:     Will provide facilities for the public interest, as such; the buffer zone communities who compromised their rights for the preservation of environmental values of the park are benefitted through involment of the business activities or employment in the camps and visitors by providing opportunity to enjoy the wildlife and landscape.

Principle 5:     Successful Ecotourism Operations are characterized by commercial operators who have commitment to environmental best practice

6.2       Best Practice Criteria: The Best Practice Criterion built on legislative requirements to assist ecotourism applicants to develop Ecotourism Facilities. The department has outlined six Best Practice Criteria for Ecotourism Operations:

Criteria 1:       The Ecotourism Operation is compatible with the natural and environmental values of the national park, as well as the socio-cultural values of the buffer zone and adjacent communities.

Criteria 2:       The Ecotourism Operation design and layout fits within the natural and eco character of the national parks.

Criteria 3:       The Ecotourism Operation keeps its footprint, especially carbon and chemical footprint, to the minimum level possible.

Criteria 4:       The Ecotourism Operation contributes to protecting and positively enhancing the objectives of the establishment of the national parks.

Criteria 5:       The Ecotourism Operation engages, involves and benefits Traditional Owners and local communities.

Criteria 6:       The Ecotourism Operation encourages visitors to appreciate, protect and conserve the sanctity of the national parks.

  1. Specific Guidelines for Camping License

In addition to specific guidelines to be issued along with the operating license, following general guidelines are required to be observed by the operator;

7.1       the national park administration will designate the boundary for each campsite; the licensee is required to mark the boundary with indigenous stones on ground. The licensee shall place a signboard of the campsite for which standard design and guideline for the material to be used will be provided by the Park Administration.

7.2       The licensee is required to establish signboards to mark the parking of the campsite and instructions to the visitors to refrain from off-road parking, driving, and vehicle washing in water bodies ensuring cleanliness, environment and wildlife protection. standard design and guideline for the material to be used will be provided by the Parks Administration.

7.3       Permanent structure is strictly prohibited in parks area. Only fully removable tents and prefabricated structures can be pitched for tourist facilitation.  fully detachable latrines of fiberglass and other material are allowed with soak pits for disposal of wastewater.

7.4       the licensee shall install dustbins with instructions on it to use the bins for waste, however, in case of any violation the entire responsibility in and around the camp site will be of the licensee and shall lead to cancelation of license and panel action under the law and parks regulations. The licensee is further required to arrange to shift the waste, in proper manner, outside the parks boundaries at designated disposal sites, identified by the District Council/District Administration. The waste shall be covered during hauling and covered with soil after disposal in the pit.

7.5       A detailed waste management plan will be provided to the licensee developed by the department for the purpose of balancing environmental conservation and ecotourism.

7.6      Campsite management shall provide space for washing of utensils away from the natural water bodies, proper soakage pits will be dug for the purpose. Used water shall in no case be disposed off in the streams or lakes, any violation shall lead to cancelation of license and panel action under the law and parks regulations.

7.7       Campsite management shall not cut or burn any plant from the park zone. Loud music is strictly prohibited in the park. Visitors shall also be bound to limit the music to the campsite only.

7.8       The camp operator shall provide hygienic food and living environment to the visitors. Provision of Medical fitness certificate and certificate of being free from HIV, Hepatitis and other communicable disease, of management and workers is mandatory to before commencement of the campsite operation in each season.

7.9       Campsite management and licensee is required to get actively involved in and contribute to parks cleanup campaigns arranged by the park administration from time to time.

 

  1. Bid Evaluation Criteria

Secretary Forest, Wildlife and Environment Department will notify a committee to scrutinize the proposal submitted by the interested parties. Interested parties, i.e.  tour operators, firms, companies and JVs are required to submit “Technical Proposal” and “Financial Proposal” separately in two envelopes encapsulated in a single large envelop clearly marked for the applied category. The committee will first open the technical proposals and evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the criteria stipulated in section 5.1 below.

8.1       Application Procedure and Selection

8.1.1   Technical Proposal

Sr. No Description Score
01 Name of the person and NIC copy (for category C only) MANDATORY
02 Name of firm/company, JV (in case of an application by the company) and copy of company registration, office address and landline number (for category A) MANDATORY
03 Certificate of previous experience of similar nature of work for the last five years; work completion certificate by the client/proponent. 10
04 Certificate of similar nature of work, Group handling of tourist  in hand work start order by the client/proponent. 05
05 List of equipment and proof of ownership (tents, sleeping bags, kitchen items, chairs, tables in hand), 20
06 Eco friendly cleaning and disposal equipment’s 05
07 List of experienced people / staff associated with the applicant / company and their certified field of expertise, 25
08 Financial soundness of the individual or company. Bank statement for the last one year, required transection limit will be Rs. 10.00 Million and closing limit is Rs. 3.00 Million 30
09 Certificate of trainings of management of license in environmental conservation 05

 

In category A, only those bidders will be shortlisted who scored 60 percent and above for financial competition in next stage.

 

In category B those bidders will be shortlisted who scored 45 percent and above for financial competition in next stage.  Financial soundness of the individual or company in the category B will be assessed by the Bank statement for the last one year, required transaction limit will be Rs. 5.00 Million and closing limit is Rs. 1.00 Million

 

Exception in the financial transaction and staff training certification will be given to the local communities for the category C

 

8.1.2   Financial Proposal

Financial proposal shall be evaluated in the next stage and License will be issued to a company or individual who offers highest price for a particular site and category and agrees to the terms and conditions.

8.2       Monitoring and Evaluation,

The department will designate trained and technical team of parks and wildlife (training will be provided to the monitoring staff through hiring a consultant, if so required) to monitor the initial installation of the campsite, toilets, kitchen, waste management and others for an initial appraisal. During the operation of the campsite, the park administration shall frequently monitor the system and have the authority to enter and inspect any installation without disturbing the privacy of the tourist, nor interfering into personal space of any visitor. In case,  a noncompliance is found, the park administration has the authority to impose penalty on the campsite management or licensee and / or cancellation of the contract. The department shall develop monitoring and evaluation criteria with clear scoring for the level of non-compliances and their respective penalties and criteria for cancellation of the license.

The committee shall also be responsible for monitoring food quality, kitchen hygiene, toilets cleanliness, solid waste management and disposal by the operator.

8.3       Validation and Cancellation,

It would be the responsibility of a joint team constituted by Secretary Forest, Wildlife and Environment Department to visit the Facilities in parks and take cognizance of situation and to appraise the Secretary of the department monthly during the season. The team would also inspect the camping sites to check the compliance of the licensing criteria and conditions and their fulfillment. In case of a major noncompliance found, the team shall report the situation in writing to the secretary along with the remedial measures to control the situation. The team would also be responsible to recommend validation or cancelation of license in case of noncompliance or unsatisfactory performance.

  1. Categorization of Campsites

The categorization is based on the type of tourist being served in a particular campsite, the level of service being provided and the capacity of the campsite operator. At least One of each category will be allowed at each tourist destination in order to ensure service diversity at each location.

The rates / service charges in each of the category shall be determined by the market forces.  No government agency will regulate the rates / service charges.

The secretary forest can increase / decrease number of camping sites

 

 

9.1       Category A:

For national and local companies or JVs.

For national companies registered in federal government or other provinces must have a JV with a local company registered in GB. For this category the operator should have vast experience of managing tourist activities especially at high altitudes. The operator should have knowledge of norms and ecotourism values of national parks.

Target tourist – International tourist, overseas Pakistanis, national and local tourist.

Base price – 100, 000 Pak rupees

The campsite in category A shall have the following items (BOQ)

  1. Luxury tents and beds with all accessories,
  2. Washrooms with allied accessories and fittings for hot and cold water,
  3. Power system for electricity (generator, solar or any other), in case of generator it shall be sound proof,
  4. Kitchen items with quality products,
  5. Provision Camping Space
  6. Waste management system,
  7. First Aid kit and fire extinguishers,

Services required by this category are;

  1. High level of kitchen and bedroom hygiene,
  2. Special package of local dishes well cooked by professional staff,
  3. Information desk to provide hands on guidance to the visitors,
  4. Local products display for sale.

9.2      Category B:

This category targets to engage small and medium entrepreneurs of Adjacent Districts of the National Parks ; it will create awareness and employment opportunities and will build capacities of the local entrepreneurs.

Target tourist – international, Backpackers, National and local tourist.

Base price – 50, 000 Pak rupees

The campsite in category B shall have the following items (BOQ);

  1. Standard tents with sleeping bags or bedding and quilting,
  2. Washrooms with allied accessories and fittings for hot and cold water,
  3. Power system for electricity (generator, solar or any other), in case of generator it shall be sound proof,
  4. Provision Camping Space
  5. Waste management system
  6. Standard kitchen items

Services required by this category are standard rest services, kitchen hygiene and clean washrooms.

9.3      Category C:

This category has been designed to provide opportunity to the buffer zone and adjacent communities of the National Park who have compromised their rights in establishment of the park.

Target tourist – National, local tourist and student groups

Base price – 20, 000 Pak rupees

The campsite in category C shall have the following items (BOQ);

  1. Tents with sleeping bags,
  2. Power system for electricity (generator, solar or any other), in case of generator it shall be sound proof,
  3. Provision Camping Space
  4. Waste management system
  5. Kitchen items

Services required by this category are to provide hygienic space for the local tourist and student groups at low price.

9.4      Site Licensing criteria

The park management will identify the potential sites for each category and get approval from the Secretary forest as per given format, the bidder have to submit the proposed campsite map along with the GPS coordinates and proposed under cover area with his bid.

 

Site Category A Category B Category C
DNP CKNP KNP DNP CKNP KNP DNP CKNP KNP
Prime
Secondary
Entry/ Exit Point

 

 

9.5      Financial Management and Payment Schedule

The annual bid price / fee for establishment of the campsite shall be deposited before issuance of the license in single installment in the designated bank account of the respective national park management.

 

 

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