Regional: Managing Hazardous Wastes

Sovereign Project | 38401-012

Summary

This RETA will strengthen the regulatory and institutional framework, and improve the information exchange relating to the management of hazardous wastes in SASEC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal).

At the subregional level, this RETA aims for (i) sharing of knowledge within the region on handling hazardous wastes, and on preparting regulatory and insitutional frameworks to manage hazardous wastes; (ii) establishment of mechanisms to maintain a network and a forum to learn from other countries in managing hazardous wastes with public-private participation.

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Project Name Managing Hazardous Wastes
Project Number 38401-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6361-REG: Managing Hazardous Wastes
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban hazardous waste management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

This RETA will strengthen the regulatory and institutional framework, and improve the information exchange relating to the management of hazardous wastes in SASEC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal).

At the subregional level, this RETA aims for (i) sharing of knowledge within the region on handling hazardous wastes, and on preparting regulatory and insitutional frameworks to manage hazardous wastes; (ii) establishment of mechanisms to maintain a network and a forum to learn from other countries in managing hazardous wastes with public-private participation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The RETA was identified and recommended by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) at its special meeting in 2002 and endorsed at the Country Advisors Meeting in 2005. This RETA was then included in the Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program (RCSP), 2006-2008. It is expected that a common hazardous wastes treatment plant to serve these countries could be established.

The EWG under the SASEC program identified pollution, particularly with regard to hazardous wastes, as one of the major subregional environmental issues to be addressed by SASEC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal). The hazardous substances are generated from various activities: agricultural, industrial, and household activities. Bhutan has not yet established institutional and legal frameworks to effectively address the problem. In Nepal, several studies and workshops on managing hazardous wastes have been carried out, and the hazardous, polluting industries and activities have been identified. Nepal's next step is to develop policies under the Environmental Protection Act. In Bangladesh, the generation of hazardous wastes is rapidly increasing and appropriate disposal remains a challenge problem. India, with its heavy industrialization in some sectors, also faces significant challenges in disposing of hazardous wastes. However, the opportunities to reduce, recover, and reuse the hazardous wastes have not yet been properly identified.

Impact Improvement of management of handling pollution especially related with hazardous wastes in this subregion
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

1. The approach to manage hazardous wastes is institutionalized and the system to prevent pollution associated with hazardous wastes is improved.

2. Countries within the subregion share their knowledge on handling hazardous wastes.

Progress Toward Outcome All activities completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Waste inventory reports for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal

Draft policy and rules for managing hazardous wastes in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal

Report on India's hazardous waste regulations, with recommendations on incorporating reuse, recycling, and recovery principles

Report on potential involvement of private sector in managing hazardous wastes.

Training modules for managing hazardous wastes.

Mechanism to maintain network

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

All inventory reports have been submitted and accepted by RETA Governments.

Draft policy and rules for BAN, BHU and NEP were prepared by national consultants and submitted to respective governments. Local workshops attended by various stakeholders were held to discuss draft policy and rules. Reports are disclosed in the ADB website.

Geographical Location Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design .
During Project Implementation

Local stakeholder workshops were conducted for both inventory and policy development phases of the RETA for BAN, BHU, and NEP. These were attended by the industrial sectors that participated in the inventory phase, as well as by government and the private sector.

In IND, stakeholder workshops were held in Bangalore, Vadodara and Kolkata to understand what the issues and understanding of recyclers of hazardous wastes in these areas. Another stakeholder workshop was held to disseminate the revised regulation for hazardous waste management rules, and training for inventory of hazardous wastes.

The RETA country reports disclosed in the ADB website provide documentation on the above stakeholder consultations.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services International individual consultants with expertise in hazardous management (4 person-months) will be recruited on an intermittent basis during TA implementation. The national individual consultants (range from 6-9 person-month average 7.5 person-month for each country) with expertise in (i) hazardous waste management for all 4 countries, (ii) environmental policy specialist for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and (iii) private sector on waste management specialist for India will be recruited also on an intermittent basis.
Responsible ADB Officer Karma Yangzom
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Feb 2006
Fact Finding 29 Mar 2006 to 31 Mar 2006
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 01 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 25 Apr 2011

TA 6361-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2006 - 12 Dec 2006 30 Nov 2007 31 Dec 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 24,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 424,000.00 12 Dec 2006 338,196.04
Title Document Type Document Date
Managing Hazardous Wastes TA Completion Reports Dec 2011
Managing Hazardous Wastes: Country Inventory Report for Bhutan Consultants' Reports Dec 2010
Managing Hazardous Wastes: Final Report Consultants' Reports Dec 2010
Managing Hazardous Wastes: Country Inventory Report for Bangladesh Consultants' Reports Oct 2010
Managing Hazardous Wastes: Hazardous Waste Policy Study for Nepal Consultants' Reports Aug 2010
Managing Hazardous Wastes: Country Inventory Report for India Consultants' Reports Jul 2009
Managing Hazardous Wastes: Inception Report Consultants' Reports Nov 2007
Managing Hazardous Wastes Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2006

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