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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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[Genève, Suisse, 16 novembre 2009] – Une lettre signée par plus de 70 organisations non-gouvernementales du monde entier a été présentée lors d’une rencontre d’experts sur l’utilisation future des obturations dentaires ; elle appelle l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) à établir un programme permettant d’éliminer au plus vite l’usage des amalgames dentaires au mercure.

<< Nous exhortons vivement l’OMS à promouvoir l’utilisation d’alternatives sans mercure, parallèlement à son louable objectif de fournir des soins dentaires abordables à l’ensemble de la population >>, a précisé Mickael Bender du << Mercury Policy Project >> (USA). << Cela est en totale cohérence avec les nombreuses initiatives comparables d’éviction du mercure des produits et procédés à l’échelle mondiale >>.

Dans leur lettre, les associations mettent en avant que le mercure provenant des cabinets dentaires s’échappe dans l’atmosphère et y est véhiculé sur de longues distances ; la contamination par ce redoutable toxique constitue une menace majeure pour la santé humaine et l’environnement.

Elles ont aussi pointé les différents vecteurs de libération du mercure dentaire qu’on ne peut que partiellement contrôler (cabinets dentaires, eaux usées, crématoriums, cimetières...).

<< Il est en général admis que le contrôle global de ces rejets serait non seulement impossible, mais serait démesurément coûteux >>, a rappelé Elena Lymberidi, coordinatrice de la Campagne Zéro mercure au Bureau Européen de l’environnement ; << Par conséquent, à long terme, la solution la plus efficiente serait que les soins dentaires sans mercure deviennent la règle et non l’exception ».

L’OMS a récemment reconnu le fait que les gouvernements dans le monde sont arrivés à un consensus sur la nécessité d’un traité d’engagement légal permettant de réduire l’exposition globale au mercure. L’OMS précise que le but de cette rencontre est de fournir une information sur les futurs usages de biomatériaux, lançant ainsi des défis différents aux pays plus ou moins riches. [2]

<< Il existe un nombre croissant d’exemples montrant que les pays développés ont extrêmement réduit ou quasiment éliminé l’utilisation du mercure dentaire >>, a dit Rico Euripidou, des amis de la Terre, d’Afrique du Sud. << Cependant, nous comprenons les problèmes auxquels doivent faire face les pays en développement en ce qui concerne l’élimination du mercure et nous sommes conscients que des approches innovantes et différenciées seront nécessaires >>.

Pour plus d’information, contacter SVP :

Michael Bender, Directeur, Mercury Policy Project, Co-fondateur du groupe de travail « Zéro Mercure » : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,
T: +1 802 223 9000, Mob: +1 802.917.4579, www.mercurypolicy.org

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Coordinatrice du “Projet Zéro Mercure” au BEE, Co­fondatrice du groupe de travail « Zéro Mercure », This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;
T: +32 (0)2 289 1301, Mob: +32 496 532818, www.zeromercury.org

Rico Euripidou, travail préparatoire, Les Amis de la Terre d’Afrique du Sud, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,
T: +27 (0) 33 3425662, Mob:+27 (0)835193008, www.groundwork.org.za

A propos du mercure : le mercure est persistant et peut être transformé dans l’environnement en méthylmercure, sa forme la plus toxique, qui traverse aisément le placenta et la barrière hémato-encéphalique. Il s’accumule dans les organismes humains et dans tout organisme vivant ; il se concentre en fin de chaîne alimentaire, ce qui présente un risque particulièrement important pour les femmes enceintes et les jeunes enfants consommant des poissons contaminés.

Notes :

[1]    Lettre des ONG à l’OMS http://www.zeromercury.org/UNEPdevelopments/091113NGOsSignonlettertoWHO Dental. pdf

[2]  La correspondance de l’OMS du 22 Octobre 2009 a reconnu que les gouvernements du monde ont atteint un consensus en février 2009 sur la nécessité d’un traité d’engagement international légal permettant de réduire l’exposition globale au mercure :

« ... On a pris de plus en plus conscience ces dernières années de l’impact environnemental du mercure ; plusieurs pays et organisations internationales sont in quiets de ce problème du mercure. Le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement (PNUE) a de plus lancé une initiative pour éviter la contamination de l’environnement par le mercure, ce qui a eu des conséquences dans l’utilisation de l’amalgame dentaire pour plusieurs pays... Les avantages et inconvénients de ces alternatives doivent être analysés pour que l’OMS puisse actualiser le niveau de connaissances à ce sujet et conseiller les différents pays. Le but de cette rencontre est de fournir des recommandations et des stratégies globales pour l’utilisation future des biomatériaux ; les défis à relever diffèrent selon le niveau de développement des pays ».




Le mercure métallique est un métal neurotoxique, immunotoxique et reprotoxique (classé par l’UE dans les CMR2). Il est scientifiquement prouvé que le mercure métallique contenu dans les amalgames s’en échappe continuellement, est inhalé et piégé dans le cerveau, traverse le placenta puis imprègne les organes du fœtus (dont le cerveau en développement, extrêmement vulnérable) et le lait maternel. Les amalgames constituent la 1re source d’exposition au mercure dans les pays développés (OMS, 1991) et contribue pour 2/3 à l’imprégnation du corps humain. De nombreuses études scientifiques permettent de suspecter que cette contamination mercurielle d’origine dentaire augmente le risque d’autisme et de maladies neurodégénératives comme la maladie d’Alzheimer.