17 Dec 2017

Norway-Trondheim: Research and development consultancy services

Type of document: Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Country: Norway
OJEU Ref: (2017/S 241-501901/EN)
Nature of contract: Service contract
Procedure: Award of a contract without prior publication
Regulation of procurement: European Economic Area (EEA) – with participation by GPA countries
Type of bid required: Not applicable

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Services
Directive 2014/24/EU

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority
I.1) Name and addresses
Official name: Miljødirektoratet
National registration number: 999 601 391
Postal address: PB 5672 Sluppen
Town: Trondheim
Postal code: 7485
Country: Norway
Contact Person: Line-Kristin Larsen
Telephone: +47 73580500
Email: Line-Kristin.Larsen@miljodir.no
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.miljodir.no

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.5) Main activity
Environment

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title: Vulnerability assessments — further development of methodology

Reference number: 2017/12896
II.1.2) Main CPV code: 73200000
II.1.3) Type of contract Services
II.1.4) Short Description:
This agreement is an expansion of the original agreement from 2015. According to the original agreement, methodology shall be tested in four locations per main ecosystem. To increase the variability in the range of area variety and thereby improve the methodology, we want to expand the number of locations for testing to a further eight protected areas.
Three were carried out in 2017 and five shall be performed in 2018.
The Contracting Authority also wants the methodology to communicate with NiN, therefore that the vegetation units and function areas for wildlife shall have a translation/link to nature types in Norway. This will give significant added value to the method as it enables the use of basic mapping in protected areas (NiN mapping) to identify vulnerable areas.
II.1.6) Information about lots
The contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7) Total value of the procurement(excluding VAT)
Value:1800000.00
Currency:NOK
II.2) Description
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
Main CPV code: 90711400
Main CPV code: 90711000

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code: NO Main site or place of performance:Nationwide.

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
In connection with the work of visit management in Norwegian protected areas, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) has developed a method to asses vulnerability of vegetation and wildlife connected to traffic in protected areas. All nature is vulnerable to traffic and will undergo wear and tear if the traffic is substantial enough. However, the resilience varies in line with typical variables such as humidity, terrain inclination, substrate, etc.
Therefore, some types of vegetation, geology and species (wildlife) tolerate trampling and disturbance better than others. This project aims to identify the nature types that are vulnerable to traffic so as to avoid channelling traffic to areas that contain vegetation types or terrain that are particularly sensitive to trampling and/or avoid channelling traffic through function areas for wildlife that are sensitive to disturbance.
The method shall be able to be used in all of Norway’s protected areas. Since Norway has a large variety of nature, the project is divided into four main ecosystems that shall cover this range of variation.
The work will involve:
— develop methodology for all main ecosystems; forest, mountains, coast and wetlands/bogs,
— prepare a training programme,
— prepare a handbook for vulnerability assessments per main ecosystem.

II.2.5) Award criteria
II.2.11) Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
(please complete point 2 of the Annex D)
IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement(GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2) Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession
Title: Vulnerability assessments — further development of methodology

V.2) Award of contract/concession
V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract/concession award decision:2017-12-01
V.2.2) Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Norsk institutt for naturforskning
Town: Trondheim
Country: Norway
Nuts code:
The contractor is an SME: no

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot/concession(excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession:1800000.00
Currency:NOK
for framework agreements – total maximum value for this lot
for contracts based on framework agreements, if required – value of contract(s) for this lot not included in
previous contract award notices

Section VI: Complementary informationVI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
Official name: Miljødirektoratet
Town: Trondheim
Country: Norway
Internet address: www.miljodir.no

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice:
2017-12-12

Other justification for the award of the contract without prior publication of a call for competition
in the Official Journal of the European Union
The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive

3.Explanation
Please explain in a clear and comprehensive manner why the award of the contract without prior publication in the Official Journal of the European Union
is lawful, by stating the relevant facts and, as appropriate, the conclusions of law in accordance with the directive:
The Norwegian Environment Agency considers that this contract comes under the exception for R&D services in the public procurement regulations § 2-5.
The methodology to carry out vulnerability assessments of traffic in Norwegian nature, and particularly in Norwegian protected areas has been developed by NINA. Before the method can be used as a tool in the work with visit management there is still some work to be done with quality assurance, testing and other facilitation. Based on the above, it is considered that NINA possesses unique competence, data and information that is necessary to further develop and quality assure the relevant method before it is used.