Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project (LAO/VIE)
Project Number 40190-023
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0316-REG: Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project (LAO/VIE)
Asian Development Fund US$ 12.50 million
Grant 0317-REG: Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project (LAO/VIE)
Australian Grant US$ 5.89 million
Loan 2936-REG: Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project (LAO/VIE)
Asian Development Fund US$ 24.00 million
Loan 2937-REG: Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project (LAO/VIE)
Asian Development Fund US$ 45.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural drainage - Irrigation - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The impact of the Project will be reduced economic losses resulting from floods and droughts. The outcome will be improved capacities and preparedness to manage and mitigate the impacts of flood and drought events. The Project will have four key outputs: (i) Enhanced regional data, information, and knowledge base for the management of floods and droughts; (ii) Upgraded water management infrastructure; (iii) Enhanced capacity for community-based disaster risk management; and (iv) Effective project implementation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Mekong River stretches through the People's Republic of China, Myanmar, the Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam with a total land area of 795,000 square kilometers (km2). The Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) is home to about 60 million people in Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The Mekong River stands apart because of the large fluctuations in seasonal discharge very low flows in the dry season yet extensive flooding in the wet season. River flow is largely unaffected by water control structures and follows the seasonal hydrological cycle.

Countries in the LMB have varying levels of capacity to prepare for and manage flood- and drought-related disasters. Actions are mostly reactive, rather than proactive, and are uncoordinated. Better flood and drought disaster preparedness requires (i) knowledge availability and sharing of potential changes to the spatial and temporal distribution of climate and hydrological variables over the basin as a whole; (ii) capacity for timely flood and drought forecasting and dissemination of warnings to communities at risk; (iii) engagement of at-risk communities in the identification, analysis, treatment, monitoring, and evaluation of disaster risks in order to reduce their vulnerabilities and enhance their coping capacities; and (iv) improved condition of water control infrastructure.

The project is aligned with the relevant policies, strategies, and programs such as the following: (i) Lao PDR: Disaster Management Action Frameworks, 2003 2020; and the (ii) Viet Nam: National Strategy for Natural Disaster Prevention, Response and Mitigation approved by the Prime Minister in 2007 (Decision No. 172/2007), National Targeted Program to Respond to Climate Change, Strategic Direction of Water Resources Development (to 2020 and toward 2050), the Mekong Delta Master Plan.

The project is aligned with ADB's Water Operational Plan, 2011 2020, which identifies flood and drought mitigation (as part of disaster risk management) as one of the two urgent challenges to be addressed in the integrated water resource management process. The project is also aligned with the ADB's Disaster and Emergency Assistance Policy (2004) as it will support the governments and local communities to identify and manage risks from natural hazards.

Impact Reduced economic losses resulting from flood and drought
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity and preparedness to manage and mitigate the impacts of flood and drought events
Progress Toward Outcome

L2936/G0316-LAO was declared effective on 22 March 2013. Since then, the progress on implementation has been slow due to substantial delays in the recruitment of consulting firms to support CBDRM and design and construction supervision of subprojects. The January 2015 Loan Review Mission agreed with the Executing Agency on further actions and timelines to expedite implementation. In March 2015, the contract for support to NEWC was awarded.

L2937/G0317-VIE was declared effective on 10 May 2013. The PIC mobilized in April 2014. The Inception Mission was fielded in May 2013. The contribution from Australia has been extended from 31 December 2016 to 31 December 2017. Recruitment of consulting assignments for Component 1 and 3 have commenced. The EA is working towards the completion of the detailed engineering designs of the subprojects.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Enhanced regional data, information, and knowledge base for the management of floods and droughts

Upgraded water management infrastructure

Enhanced capacity for CBDRM

Effective project implementation

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

- In LAO, the contract for the support to NEWC was awarded in March 2015. The consultants are expected to mobilize in Q1 2015. In VIE, consulting services recruitment is on hold for both (i) Design Criteria for Flood and Drought Risk Management in Cuu Long Delta (GMS 1.1) and (ii) Cross Border Flood Risk Mitigation and Diverstion in the border area between Cambodia and Viet Nam (GMS 1.2) while ADB and the EA are securing project funds (after Australia's withdrawal from the Project).

- In LAO, recruitment of the detailed design and construction supervision consultants is ongoing. The detailed design is expected to be complete in Q2 2015. In VIE, the work of the detailed design and engineering consultants is ongoing. Two ICB packages are already being prepared for tender.

- In Lao, recruitment of the support to CBDRM consultants is ongoing. Mobilization is expected in Q3 2015 and the plans will be subsequently prepared. In VIE, recruitment of the CBDRM consultants is on hold while ADB and the EA are securing project funds (after Australia's withdrawal from the Project).

- The project implementation consultants for LAO mobilized in December 2013 and for VIE in May 2014. Initial advances to imprest accounts have been released.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects All identified adverse impacts resulting from the location, design, construction, and operation of the water management infrastructure are expected to be small to moderate and can be mitigated by adoption of specific measures. Special environment-related assurances are prepared to mitigate any project impact on adjacent wetlands. Further updating of the environmental management plans for individual subprojects will be undertaken prior to the commencement of site-specific construction activities.
Involuntary Resettlement It is initially estimated that about 1,814 households (11,065 people) will be affected by the project, including 1,537 households (9,222 people) in Viet Nam and 277 households (1,843 people) in the Lao PDR. In both countries, severely affected households are estimated at about 248 households (1,221 people), potentially losing more than 10% of their productive land and/or assets. The total land take is estimated at 75 hectares. Six resettlement plans, one for each subproject, have been prepared (two in the Lao PDR and four in Viet Nam).
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous people maintaining distinct cultural identities or separate cultural traditions was found to reside in the project areas.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with key stakeholders were conducted during project design.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The Project will require a number of consulting services to assist the executing agencies and implementing agencies with: (i) project implementation support; (ii) preparation of subprojects; (iii) strengthening of the NEWC; (iv) external safeguard monitoring; (v) implementation of CBDRM; and (vi) audit of project accounts. The outputs and deliverables from all consulting services shall be in accordance with the Government policies, and in support of the provincial development strategies and the needs of the beneficiaries.
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010), as amended from time to time.
Responsible ADB Officer Hidefumi Murashita
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry-Irrigation DepDIDMONPD@LAOTEL.COMDIDMP, Irrigation Department, Ministry
of Agriculture and Forestry
P.O.Box 5192, Chao Anou Road
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Mar 2011
Fact Finding 31 Mar 2011 to 08 Apr 2011
MRM 06 Jul 2012
Approval 06 Nov 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

Grant 0316-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Nov 2012 04 Dec 2012 22 Mar 2013 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 13.09 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.50 06 Nov 2012 3.98 0.00 32%
Counterpart 0.59 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Nov 2012 2.06 0.00 16%

Grant 0317-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Nov 2012 21 Dec 2012 10 May 2013 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 19.36 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 06 Nov 2012 0.00 0.95 16%
Counterpart 13.47 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 5.89 06 Nov 2012 0.00 0.51 9%

Loan 2936-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Nov 2012 04 Dec 2012 22 Mar 2013 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 24.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 24.00 06 Nov 2012 1.27 0.00 6%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Nov 2012 2.02 0.00 9%

Loan 2937-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Nov 2012 21 Dec 2012 10 May 2013 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 45.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 45.00 06 Nov 2012 2.76 0.00 7%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Nov 2012 2.80 0.00 7%

This project data sheet was generated from http://www.adb.org/projects/40190-023/main on 06 September 2015