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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 

Monday, 16 November 2009 01:00
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[Genf, Schweiz, 16. November 2009] Heute wurde auf einer Experten­Konferenz iiber die zukiinftige Verwendung von Zahnfiillungen ein Schreiben [1] vorgestellt, das von iiber 70 internationalen NGOs (Nicht­Regierungsorganisationen) unterschrieben wurde und das die World Health Organisation (WHO) dazu auffordert, einen Zeitplan aufzustellen, die Verwendung von Quecksilber in Zahnfiillungen so bald wie moglich auslaufen zu lassen.

"Wir fordern die WHO eindringlich dazu auf, die innovative Verwendung von quecksilberfreien Alternativen zu fdrdern und sich gleichzeitig das lObliche Ziel zu setzen, preiswerte Zahnfullungen far alle Menschen auf der Welt einzufahren," sagte Michael Bender vom Mercury Policy Project aus den USA. "Das ist ganz im Sinne der groBen Anzahl von ähnlichen Initiativen auf der ganzen Welt, die sich far ein Verbot von Quecksilber in Produkten und in Verarbeitungstechniken einsetzen."

In ihrem Brief betonen die Organisationen, dass Quecksilber aus Zahnfiillungen sich iiber groBe Strecken in der Atmosphäre verbreiten kann und dass die Kontaminationen durch dieses gefährliche Nervengift eine weltweite Bedrohung sowohl fiir die Gesundheit als auch fiir die Umwelt darstellen.

Sie betonen auch, dass es verschiedene Wege gibt, iiber die Quecksilber aus Zahnfiillungen willkiirlich freigesetzt wird und nur teilweise kontrolliert werden kann (Zahnkliniken, Abwasser, Klarschlamm, Krematorien, Friedh6fe usw.)

"Uns allen ist klar, dass eine effektive weltweite Kontrolle dieser Freisetzungen von Quecksilber nicht nur unmoglich, sondern auch extrem teuer ist", sagte Elena Lymberidi, Koordinatorin des European Environmental Bureau's der Zero Mercury Campaign. "Deshalb ist es auf lange Sicht gesehen die kostenganstigere LOsung, dass quecksilberfreie Zahnfullungen die Regel und nicht die Ausnahme bei Zahnbehandlungen darstellen."

Die WHO hat vor kurzem anerkannt, dass sich die Regierungen der Welt darauf geeinigt haben, dass es notwendig ist, einen juristisch verbindlichen Vertrag abzuschlieBen, der die Reduzierung von Quecksilberexpositionen weltweit zum Gegenstand hat. Die WHO gab bekannt, dass mit dem heutigen Treffen beabsichtigt ist, Informationen iiber den zukiinftigen Gebrauch von Biomaterialien bereitzustellen sowie die verschiedenen VersorgungsmOglichkeiten in den reichen und armeren Landern darzustellen [2].

"Es gibt immer mehr Beispiele, dass Quecksilber in Zahnfullungen in den entwickelten Ländern bereits stark reduziert oder praktisch bereits abgeschafft wurde", sagte Rico Euripidou von der Gruppe Friends of the Earth aus Siidafrika. "Trotzdem verstehen wir die Probleme, die sich damit far Entwicklungsländer

ergeben, wenn sie Quecksilber abschaffen wollen und wir erkennen, dass innovative und differenzierte Herangehensweise notwendig sein wird."

Weitere Informationen:

Michael Bender, Direktor des Mercury Policy Project, Mitbegriinder der Zero Mercury Working Group: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,
Tel: +1 802 223 9000, Mobil: +1 802.917.4579, www.mercurypolicy.org

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Koordinatorin des EEB Zero Mercury Project, Mitbegriinderin der Zero Mercury Working Group, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel: +32 (0)2 289 1301, Mobil: +32 496 532818, www.zeromercury.org

Rico Euripidou, groundwork, Friends of the Earth S. Africa,

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,
Tel: +27 (0) 33 3425662, Mobil:+27 (0)835193008, www.groundwork.org.za

Ober Quecksilber: Quecksilber ist bestandig und kann in der Umwelt zu Methyl­Quecksilber umgewandelt werden, seiner giftigsten Variante, das sowohl die Plazenta als auch die Blut-Hirn-Schranke iiberwindet. Es reichert sich im KOrper von Menschen und Tieren an und erhOht seine Konzentration entlang der Nahrungskette. Besonders gefahrlich ist Quecksilber fiir Schwangere und Kleinkinder, die kontaminierten Fisch verzehren.

Anmerkungen des Herausgebers:

[1]  NGOs Brief an die WHO http://www.zeromercury.org/UNEPdevelopments/091113 NGOs Sign on letter t o WHO Dental.pdf

[2]  Die Korrespondenz der WHO vom 22. Oktober 2009 stellt fest, dass die Regierungen der Welt im Februar 2009 einen Konsens erzielten iiber die Notwendigkeit eines weltweit verbindlichen Vertrages, Quecksilber signifikant zu reduzieren:


"...Das Bewusstsein Ober die Umweltbelastung durch Quecksilber ist in den letzten Jahren drastisch gestiegen und mehrere Lander und internationale Organisationen sind Ober das Quecksilber sehr besorgt. Daraber hinaus hat das United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) eine Initiative ins Leben gerufen, die Verseuchung der Umwelt durch Quecksilber zu vermeiden, was auch Folgen far die Verwendung von Quecksilber in Zahnfallungen in den einzelnen Ländern hat. Laut WHO massen Vorteile und Nachteile von Alternativen analysiert werden, um den Wissenstand zu aktualisieren und um den Ländern diesbezaglich Anweisungen zu geben. Absicht des Treffens ist, allgemein verbindliche Richtlinien und Strategien far die zukanftige Verwendung von Biomaterialen bereitzustellen. Die Herausforderungen far Lander mit hohem, mittlerem und niedrigem Einkommen sind unterschiedlich."


http://www.zeromercury.org/UNEP_developments/1-bender-let.pdf http://www.zeromercury.org/UNEPdevelopments/Agenda-22oct09.pdf