Project Data Sheet

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Project Name
Country Bangladesh
Project/Program Number 30032-013
Geographical Location People's Republic of Bangladesh
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Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Water-Based Natural Resources Management
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project will achieve the development of a sustainable management and biodiversity conservation system for all Sundarbans Reserve Forest (SRF) resources, on the basis of rational plans and the participation of all key stakeholders. The Project site is located in the southwest region of Bangladesh, including the SRF and the five districts of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Pirojpur and Barguna, where poverty levels and landlessness are high, and access to social services is very limited. In these districts, 17 thanas comprise the impact zone surrounding the SRF. The Project will consist of: (i) Part A - Effective Organization of SRF; (ii) Part B - Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Resource Management; (iii) Part C- Socioeconomic development of the impact zone; (iv) Part D - Ecotourism and Environmental Awareness; (v) Part E - Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Monitoring, and Research Studies; and (vi) Part F - Effluent Treatment.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Sundarbans is the world's largest remaining contiguous mangrove area featuring habitats for fish, shrimp, birds, and other wildlife, including the Bengal tiger. Regional towns rely on the Sundarbans for both protection from adverse weather and tourism benefits. Urgent steps are necessary to stop and reverse the current trend of deforestation and loss of biodiversity in the Sundarbans Reserve Forest (SRF), which is under pressure from a growing number of users. SRF has to be managed by an institution capable of managing a multidimensional resource. In addition to increased financial resources, a significant improvement in the institutional capacity of the Forest Department (FD) and an improved management approach based on appropriate research, community participation, and scientific planning is necessary.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing
Consulting Services
A total of 381 person-months of international and domestic consulting services are required to establish a technical advisory group (TAG). Of the consultants' inputs, 177 person-months (comprising 157 international and 20 domestic) will be funded under the Global Environmental Facility to be selected and engaged by the Bank, and 204 person-months (comprising 83 international and 121 domestic) will be funded under the Bank loan to be selected by the Bank in consultation with the Government. The TAG will (i) establish baseline information and sustainable practices, draft integrated conservation and management plans, establish a single revenue system for the SRF, and assist in developing a self-sustaining management system; (ii) assist FD to retrain its staff and help refocus its activities to more effectively conserve the SRF; and (iii) train communities to engage in ecotourism and other related activities. About 50 person-months of regional fellowships will be provided to train and develop a cadre of experienced personnel to improve the capacity to manage SRF and promote community development. Expressions of interest should be sent directly to the Manager of Consulting Services Division of the Bank with a copy to the Executing Agency.
Supply contract materials, equipment, and vehicles required for the Project will be procured either through international competitive bidding, international shopping or direct purchase depending on the cost involved. Minor civil work contracts may be awarded by the Forest Department through local competitive bidding. Supply of inputs to small-scale village enterprise programs for the impact zone, may be procured through local suppliers.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 24 Nov 1997 to 12 Dec 1997
Management Review Meeting 15 Jun 1998
Approval 27 Nov 1998
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1643 27 Nov 1998 20 Jan 1999 06 Aug 1999 31 Dec 2006 19 Dec 2007
Technical Assistance 2724 19 Dec 1996 09 Jan 1997 09 Jan 1997 30 Apr 1998
Technical Assistance 3158 27 Nov 1998 02 Jun 1999 02 Jun 1999 31 Dec 2006 31 Dec 2006


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
20 Oct 2014 Loan 1643 0 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
20 Oct 2014 Loan 1643 0 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1643

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Forest Department


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