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Part 1: Introduction

The deadline for the tender is: 12/02/2018

Part 2: About the EEB and the Zero Mercury Working Group

  • Created in 1974, the EEB is now the largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe. It currently consists of over 140 member organisations in more than 30 countries (virtually all EU Member States plus some accession and neighbouring countries), including a growing number of European networks, and representing some 15 million individual members and supporters.
  • We work on a vast array of environmental issues and our policy officers work with experts, our members, politicians and the media to protect and further develop environmental policies.
  • The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is an international coalition of over 95 public interest environmental and health non-governmental organizations from more than 50 countries from around the world formed in 2005 by the European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project.  ZMWG strives for zero supply, demand, and emissions of mercury from all anthropogenic sources, with the goal of reducing mercury in the global environment to a minimum.  Our mission is to advocate and support the adoption and implementation of a legally binding instrument which contains mandatory obligations to eliminate where feasible, and otherwise minimize, the global supply and trade of mercury, the global demand for mercury, anthropogenic releases of mercury to the environment, and human and wildlife exposure to mercury.

Our website for more information: www.eeb.org / http://www.zeromercury.org

Part 3: Tender


The Zero Mercury campaign at the EEB would like to build a new website for Zero Mercury Campaign/Zero Mercury Working Group based on the existing website available at www.zeromercury.org – while maintaining the URL.

Active since 2005 the Zero Mercury Campaign, having grown into the Zero Mercury Working Group has a long history of action. We would like to see a visual update of the website, to a more modern and user-friendly visual look. The division of sections, and their related subsections should be divided between introductory and advanced mercury issues.

-          We would like to convey through our website an approachable and educational tool for mercury related issues.

-          On the other hand, on separate tabs we would like to make available the recent activity related:

  1.  to project implementation through our members in different countries, and
  2. the developments related to policy at international and EU levels.

The distinction between the “introduction to mercury” section and the “Policy” and “Projects” sections should be clear. We would like a visualization of introducing the general public to mercury through its various topics (processes, products etc), and then at the end of the page have a link where an individual can arrive at how the Zero Mercury Working Group is working on that specific issue at project and policy level as relevant. Simultaneously however, we would like to have a tab where stakeholders familiar with mercury issues and/or our work, can get directly to the advanced information without going through the introductory informational section or tabs.

We are looking for a proposal that explains in detail how the concept note below can be implemented.

Tender: revamp a website

  • The Zero mercury Working Group is looking to revamp its website. It currently does not do justice to the work carried out by the 95+ members organisations. This means a much more advanced structure with more visuals, conveying the image of a serious, trustworthy NGO coalition.
  • The new website should be Wordpress-based, allow for easy management internally and coded in an open and accessible way to permit other third party developers to easily adjust.
  • We would like the website to be a one-stop-shop for individuals that are new to mercury issues and simultaneously provide a platform where stakeholders familiar with mercury issues can find updates on international policy developments and relevant project information. 
  • The audience of the Zero Mercury Working Group website includes our members, representatives of EU institutions and member state governments, journalists, academics, other NGOs, progressive business and members of the public.

Please include the following and their related costs (separately) in your quote:

  • Design and development of new easy to navigate website
  • Transfer of data from the current our current CMS system, Joomla.  
  • Annual costs for domain name and hosting (including backup). We may decide to handle this ourselves depending on the quotes provided.
  • Annual costs for technical support.
  • Basic Google Analytics tracking on all pages.
  • SEO on all pages
  • Responsive design, with slick page scaling for tablets and smartphones.

Indicative timeline

  • 25/01 Publication for tender
  • 12/02 Deadline for submissions
  • 23/02 EEB/ZMWG evaluates proposals and contacts suppliers / Communicate to winning service provider
  • End Feb-Beginning of March: Signature of contract with EEB/ZMWG
  • Building of the website: March – April
  • Launch: end April- beg May

Criteria to be considered during evaluation

  • combination of price and quality,
  • production / delivery time and service.
  • having/using environmental and sustainability policy/criteria
  • the EEB holds the right to exclude a supplier who may have a negative financial record, that violates criteria such as bankruptcy, not paying taxes etc.

Part  4: Functionality

  • Slider for home page
  • Horizontal menu with drop down elements (within homepage – e.g. About us, About Mercury, Policy Developments, Projects, Resources, News  )
  • About us section
  • Map that interacts with posts to deliver news on members’ projects/activities
  • News section (Press releases)
  • Newsletter sign up widget
  • Position paper section (listed chronologically)
  • Publication section  displaying in an attractive way – showing the front cover of the publication – up to 10 publications per year
  • Photos, infographics, and videos should be downloadable.
  • Events section
  • Contact form
  • Possibility of archiving the content of the existing website

Home page

The home page is meant to be a public oriented landing page for individuals wishing to learn about mercury. The first image should be a large slider which in principle will not change over time. The slider will include 4-5 pictures referring to introductory information about the challenges surrounding mercury pollution, but also to some of the priority areas we work on.

Above it, a horizontal menu, with dropdown elements can be displayed, dividing between general mercury information, the policy work that ZMWG does along with current projects and other elements (to be detailed at a later stage e.g about us etc). Below the slider there will be some space to describe ZMWG group as an organization and post our latest news. There should also be space to include a footer providing our location and contact information.

As examples please see http://www.artisanalgold.org/ or www.sradev.org


The website should provide country-specific pages/posts with contact information for our different national partners, in addition to a description and updates of relevant projects that they do appearing within our website (via posts) apart from linking back to national websites. Accessing these country specific pages should be done through a map, e.g.  found on “About us” page. The map needs to highlight somehow differently countries where EEB/ZMWG are funding (or have funded) directly projects, whilst providing a link to that campaign (page/post).

We would also need to post updates about the relevant projects/campaigns, that will simultaneously appear in the “What’s new” section of the home page.

Technical prerequisites:

The CMS should be WordPress to align with our other websites. The current site is working with Joomla.

Visual identity / look and feel:

We do want to update, but not reinvent the visual identity of the Zero Mercury Campaign/ Working Group.

The Zero Mercury logo stays unchanged and is our branding basis. We would like the look and feel of the new website to be more visually oriented, as now it feels a bit text-heavy.

Footer: Logos and disclaimers of EC will need to go somewhere at the bottom 

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 13:33

Nota de Prensa

A pesar de los progresos, el acuerdo mundial sobre el  mercurio está amenazado por la producción y el comercio incontrolado.

Grupos piden a los gobiernos una rápida ratificación y pronta aplicación del Tratado de Minamata

Amman, Jordania, 9 de marzo de 2016-Los compromisos para un fuerte control sobre el  mercurio a nivel mundial se están viendo obstaculizados por la producción y el comercio  ilegal  de mercurio, no declarados  ni regulados, una coalición internacional de ONG reveló hoy en la víspera de la reunión sobre el tratado de las Naciones Unidas sobre el mercurio en Jordania.

El Grupo de Trabajo Mercurio Cero [1] (ZMWG) dijo que los esfuerzos mundiales para reducir las emisiones de mercurio pueden fracasar si lagunas en los controles sobre la producción y el comercio de mercurio no se tratan antes de que el tratado entre en vigor.

“El tráfico con mercurio no es como la venta de patatas fritas,” declaró Michael Bender, Coordinador Internacional de ZMWG. “Hay consecuencias de sobra conocidas cuando su  producción, comercio y posterior liberación en la biosfera se hace de forma descontrolada.”

El mercurio es una potente  y persistente neurotoxina que se bioacumula, que presenta mayores riesgos para los niños en desarrollo, las poblaciones costeras y para millones de mineros del oro a pequeña escala que utilizan mercurio en todo el mundo.

El Convenio de Minamata sobre el Mercurio, acordado en 2013, firmado por 128 países y ratificado por 23 países hasta el momento, es un tratado que proteja la salud  humana y el medio ambiente frente a la contaminación por mercurio. El tratado prohíbe  nuevas minas de mercurio, fija medidas de control de emisiones a la atmósfera, impone   normas sobre la minería artesanal y a pequeña escala del oro, e impone la  eliminación progresiva de la minería y de los productos existentes.

La reunión en Jordania esta semana es el séptimo período de sesiones del Comité Intergubernamental de Negociación (CIN) sobre el mercurio. Los delegados se reúnen para ponerse de acuerdo sobre los detalles del acuerdo. Esta es la última reunión  antes de que el Convenio entre en vigor, una vez que 50 países lo ratifiquen.

“Los países tienen que permanecer fieles al espíritu y la intención de este acuerdo histórico”, declaró Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Coordinadora Internacional de ZMWG. “Para poner fin al flujo necesitamos saber primero de donde viene el suministro de mercurio,  y a donde va.”

Importantes deficiencias en la información sobre la producción de mercurio y los flujos comerciales impiden una comprensión clara de la situación mundial de la oferta. Actualmente no existe información estándar o relación sobre la producción de mercurio, la oferta y su comercio. Algunos países productores de mercurio no informan sobre los niveles de producción y muchos países no tienen ninguna lista exacta de sus existencias de mercurio debido a la proliferación de suministros ilegales o de contrabando.

“Es preocupante que nuevas y que pronto serán  ilegales minas de mercurio primario están ahora apareciendo en Indonesia y México, y que el Este de Asia se está convirtiendo en un importante centro de comercio de mercurio,”  declaró Richard Gutiérrez, director de Ban Tóxicos! - Filipinas.” Todo esto nutre la demanda de mercurio a la minería de oro a pequeña escala en Asia, América Latina y potencialmente en todo el mundo. Estas tendencias no son un buen presagio para el futuro del tratado”.

El ZMWG cree que para controlar y gestionar eficazmente el comercio del mercurio, los países deben comenzar a identificar y cuantificar sus fuentes de producción de mercurio. Los gobiernos deben ser transparentes sobre sus volúmenes de producción y reservas, y sobre quién está exportando, cuánto y a qué países.

“La prevención de la producción de mercurio oportunista y el comercio mediante una estructura de información y seguimiento eficiente ayudará a evitar que continúe. Esto debería ser una prioridad cuando los gobiernos se reúnen mañana”, dijo Rico Euripidou de GroundWork Sudáfrica. “La presentación de datos debe ser una parte integrante del tratado. De lo contrario el tratado puede llegar a no ser más que papel mojado”.

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto:

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Coordinadora Internacional ZMWG, Móvil: +32 496 532818, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Michael Bender, Coordinador Internacional ZMWG, M: +1 802 9174579, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Richard Gutiérrez, Director, Ban Tóxicos !, Filipinas, M: +63 2 355 7640, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rico Euripidou, GroundWork - Amigos de la Tierra Sudáfrica, M: +27 835193008, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Notas para los editores:

[1] ZMWG es una coalición internacional de más de 95 organizaciones no gubernamentales de interés público defensoras del medio ambiente y de la salud de más de 50 países.

[2] El Convenio de Minamata sobre el Mercurio http://www.mercuryconvention.org