Regional: Small Scale Technical Assistance (SSTA): Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards for ADB Projects in Central and West Asia

Sovereign Project | 42129-012

Summary

Through the TA, the Safeguards Unit of the Central and West Asia Department will review the implementation of ADB's environmental safeguard requirements for projects in Central and West Asia. Some projects have been successful in implementing environmental safeguard requirements but others have fallen short of the expected outcomes. The review will examine successful projects and determine their reasons for success, and also less than successful projects to determine the cause and issues leading to the underperformance. The outcomes will be a set of knowledge products that assist environmental practitioners in Central and West Asia to successfully develop and implement the environmental safeguard requirements for ADB supported projects.

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Project Name Small Scale Technical Assistance (SSTA): Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards for ADB Projects in Central and West Asia
Project Number 42129-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6457-REG: Small Scale Technical Assistance (SSTA): Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards for ADB Projects in Central and West Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Through the TA, the Safeguards Unit of the Central and West Asia Department will review the implementation of ADB's environmental safeguard requirements for projects in Central and West Asia. Some projects have been successful in implementing environmental safeguard requirements but others have fallen short of the expected outcomes. The review will examine successful projects and determine their reasons for success, and also less than successful projects to determine the cause and issues leading to the underperformance. The outcomes will be a set of knowledge products that assist environmental practitioners in Central and West Asia to successfully develop and implement the environmental safeguard requirements for ADB supported projects.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The fundamental objective of the ADB's Environment Policy (2002) is to ensure that development projects undertaken by the ADB are environmentally sustainable. The policy contains a number of operational principles which include the requirement to ensure the measures identified during impact assessment are included in the project environmental management plan (EMP), and are implemented in agreement with the Borrower. However, it has been observed that some projects have been successful in implementing the requirements, while others have fallen short of the expected outcomes. The results of reviews routinely undertaken by the environment specialists of the Central and West Asia Department and the Regional and Sustainable Development Department show that the effective implementation of environmental safeguard documents during construction often fail to meet the requirements of ADB. Also, the day-to-day implementation and monitoring of environmental safeguard measures by the contractor and the implementing/executing agencies is not always up to standard. The poor performance by consultants in the region suggests that there may be a need to supplement the ADB Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003) with additional technical advice.
Impact Improved environmental performance of ADB supported projects in Central and West Asia.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Effective implementation of environmental safeguard measures in ADB supported projects.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1.Action Plan to implement environmental safeguards prepared and finalized by October 2008.

2. Training program developed and rolled out by June 2009.

3. Knowledge Products (guidance notes, handbooks, training documents) developed and disseminated by June 2009

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location PAK, Central Asia
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services International consultant
Responsible ADB Officer Nurlan Djenchuraev
Responsible ADB Department Office of the Director General, CWRD
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio, Results, Safeguards and Social Sector Unit, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank Mark Kunzermkunzer@adb.orgCentral and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank, #6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, MM, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Mar 2008
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 24 Apr 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Sep 2008
Last PDS Update 08 Jan 2009

TA 6457-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Apr 2008 - 24 Apr 2008 30 Jun 2009 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 24 Apr 2008 77,305.80

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