Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 28 Mar 2014

Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project (LAO/VIE)
Country Regional
Project/Program Number 40190-023
Status Approved
Geographical Location
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector and/or Subsector Classification Agriculture and natural resources
/ Irrigation, Drainage, and Flood Protection
Thematic Classification Economic growth
Environmental sustainability
Regional cooperation and integration
Social development
Climate change
Gender Mainstreaming Categories Effective gender mainstreaming


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2937Asian Development Fund45,000
Loan2936Asian Development Fund24,000
Grant0316Asian Development Fund12,500
Grant0317Australian Grant5,887
Counterpart 14,060
TOTAL US$ 101,447

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

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


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.

Development 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 Towards Outcome
LAO: Recruitment for the support for the National Early Warning Center and the engineering and design for the irrigation development have commenced. The project implementation consultants mobilized in December 2013. VIE: The TORs for the service contracts for the support of CBDRM in Tien Giang and Dong Thap provinces, design criteria for flood and drought risk management in Cuu Long Delta, assessment and recommendations for cross-border flood risk mitigation have been approved. These are expected to be advertised in 1Q 2014.

Outputs and 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)
The Project is still in the early stage of implementation to have notable progress. Recruitment for the project implementation consultants is ongoing for VIE. The advances have been disbursed to the imprest accounts and contracts have been awarded for office equipment and vehicles.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2011 Feb 18
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.
All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB s Procurement Guidelines (2010), as amended from time to time.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 07 Mar 2011
Fact-finding 31 Mar 2011 to 08 Apr 2011
Management Review Meeting 06 Jul 2012
Approval 06 Nov 2012
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2936 06 Nov 2012 04 Dec 2012 22 Mar 2013 30 Sep 2019
Loan 2937 06 Nov 2012 21 Dec 2012 10 May 2013 30 Sep 2019


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
16 Apr 2014 Loan 2936 0 0 0.00%
16 Apr 2014 Loan 2937 148 0 0.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
16 Apr 2014 Loan 2936 1,476 0 6.00%
16 Apr 2014 Loan 2937 2,203 0 5.00%

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 2937
Loan 2936
Grant 0316
Grant 0317

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Su Chin Teoh (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology
He Ponh Sachak


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