Project Data Sheet

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PDS Updated as of 09 Apr 2014

Project Name Coastal Towns Environmental Infrastructure Project
Country Bangladesh
Project/Program Number 44212-013
Status Proposed
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 Water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services
/ Water Supply and Sanitation
Thematic Classification Environmental sustainability
Gender equity
Social development
Climate change
Gender Mainstreaming Categories Gender equity as a theme


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan-Asian Development Fund52,000
Counterpart 20,000
TOTAL US$ 72,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
No significant environmental impacts. IEEs and EARF prepared.
Involuntary Resettlement
No significant environmental impacts. RPs and RF prepared.
Indigenous Peoples
No impacts anticipated.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
A consultation and participation plan prepared.
During Project Implementation
A consultation and participation plan prepared.


The project takes a holistic and integrated approach to urban environmental improvement in vulnerable coastal towns of Bangladesh which suffer deficits in basic urban services and are severely at risk to the impacts of climate change. It will provide climate resilient municipal infrastructure, including water supply, sanitation, drainage, flood protection, urban roads, and solid waste management facilities, and will strengthen institutional capacity and local governance for operating, maintaining, and expanding access to such services. The project will also mainstream climate resilience into urban planning. The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MLGRDC) acting through its Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) will be the Executing Agencies of the project. Climate change and variability are critical development issues for Bangladesh, particularly in its low lying coastal areas naturally exposed to sea level rise, storm surges, and more frequent and intense storm events. The government, in its Sixth Five-Year Plan, FY2011 FY2015, has targeted assistance to vulnerable coastal populations with improvements in climate resilient water supply, sanitation, drainage, and flood protection infrastructure. The project was prioritized in the government s 2010 Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR), prepared under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR). As a key component of the SPCR, the project is eligible for financing from the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) within the multi-donor coordinated Climate Investment Funds (CIF) as a pilot project for demonstrating ways to mainstream climate resilience into development. The coastal areas of Bangladesh consist of three distinct regions, namely the western, central and eastern zones comprising 19 districts. The coastal towns, with population of around 7 million, include both smaller pourashavas (secondary towns) and larger cities such as Khulna, Chittagong, and Barisal. Infrastructure is currently inadequate in these areas as they are either damaged by natural disasters or otherwise no longer functioning effectively. Weak local governance and municipal management coupled with high poverty incidence, and remote locations, create persistent development challenges to these areas. Climate change, variability, and natural disasters further aggravate development in coastal towns, with disproportionate impacts to women and the poor. The increased incidence of drought and saline intrusion (from sea level rise and storm surges) into groundwater, coupled with high non-revenue water, is posing serious risks to drinking water supplies, requiring the potential for developing new, but costlier, water supply sources located at far distances. Poor access to sanitation in coastal towns is also posing serious public and environmental health risks (Bangladesh is currently behind in achieving its MDG Target 10 indicators for urban sanitation). Drainage systems are underdeveloped and poorly maintained, and would be made further obsolete under more intense and frequent storm events. Given this scenario, future investments in urban infrastructure need to be climate-resilient to manage the long-term costs of investments, and to ensure that such investments deliver their intended benefits.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project will take a participatory approach to address the social, environmental, and institutional constraints to inclusive development in coastal towns, and will serve to pilot new approaches in climate adaption to be scaled up under future investments. It will reflect lessons learned from the first and second Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement (Sector) Projects (UGIIP), TA 7197 Strengthening Resilience of the Water Sector in Khulna to Climate Change, TA 7848 Climate Change Capacity Building and Knowledge Management, and recommendations from the ongoing CDTA 7890 Strengthening the Resilience of the Urban Water Supply, Drainage, and Sanitation to Climate Change in Coastal Towns related to the location of water-intake works, the appropriate design of drainage systems, and urban wastewater discharge. , The project will also closely coordinate with the World Bank and other donors working in the urban sector to avoid duplication and ensure complementarities. ADB s Country Operations Business Plan (2012 2014) lists the Coastal Towns Infrastructure Improvement Project for implementation in 2013. The project is consistent with ADB s Bangladesh Country Partnership Strategy (2011-2015) which targets assistance to vulnerable coastal areas in adapting to the risks of climate change, as well as ADB s urban and water operational plans. ,

Development Impact

Improved well-being in coastal towns.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Increased climate and disaster resiliency in coastal towns benefiting the poor and women.
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Improved climate resilient infrastructure. 2. Strengthened institutional capacity, governance, and awareness. 3. Project management and administrative support. .
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Oct 23
Consulting Services
Four firms will be recruited in accordance with ADBs Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Consulting firms will be recruited using Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method with a quality:cost ratio of 90:10.
All procurement to be financed under the project will be carried out in accordance with ADBs Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 31 Jul 2012
Fact-finding 01 Sep 2013 to 16 Sep 2013
Management Review Meeting 28 Oct 2013
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

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 -

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Ron H. Slangen (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Local Government Engineering Department

Department of Public Health Engineering


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