Invitation to Tender for Provision of a Trial Biosecurity Detector Dog Programme

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to be able to extend the deadline for the submission of tenders for the provision of a trial biosecurity detector dog programme to 12 noon GMT 16th June.

Based in the Falkland Islands, the trial programme will have a focus on rodent detection as part of the Government’s efforts to further enhance the protection of South Georgia’s globally significant biodiversity following a recent rodent eradication programme.

As part of the trial, we envisage the following services would be required:

  • Establishment of search protocols for dog(s) and handler(s) appropriate to the localconditions and duties undertaken
  • Demonstration of appropriate training standards and risk assessment process tosupport deployment of dogs
  • Inspection of approximately 30 medium sized vessels and 5 yachts over a 3 monthperiod from February to April 2018
  • Recommendations for potential certification process for any future expansion ofdetector dog programme

The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia is rodent free following a £7m eradication programme. In order to enhance ‘upstream’ biosecurity GSGSSI is proposing to trial a detector dog programme. We envisage that the dog and handler team would be based in the Falkland Islands with searches of vessels and cargo taking place prior to transit to South Georgia. Initially, we would look to establish a trial of the service to assess its practicalities with scope for future expansion.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 12 noon GMT 16th June.

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