Regional: Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia

Sovereign Project | 43333-012 Status: Closed

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Project Name Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia
Project Number 43333-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7548-REG: Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
TA 7548-REG: Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution

Transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Urban public transport

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Staff from more than 80 executing agencies/implementing agencies completed training programs and on-the-job training. As of March 2014, traning was completed in 10 countries (AFG, AZE, ARM, GEO, KAZ, KGZ, TAJ, TKM, UZB, PAK). Third party environmental audit was conducted for 10 countries. Additional second training was provided in UZB in March 2016 to meet the demand of new EAs/IAs and new staff

Two regional workshops on Good Practice of Environmental safeguard management involved about 100 representatives of all EAs/IAs and 9 national environmental agencies, except Turmenistan. The workshops provided practical training and workshop proceeding will serve as guidance for practical solution.

All knowledge products completed and distributed.

Country assessments of environment safeguard capacity and capacity development plans (CAESC) and Country safeguard Framework (Environment) are completed in in six countries ARM, AZE, GEO, KGZ, PAK, and TAJ.

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

Output 1. Training completed in 10 countries (AFG, ARM, AZE, GEO, KAZ, KGZ, TAJ, PAK, TKM, UZB). More than 350 staff of Executing Agencies/Implementing Agencies and projects' consultants and contractors were trained on effective environmental management of projects. Additional on-the-job training and environmental audit in AFG (Transport Sector) was conducted in March 2015 and second training for new staff and new EAs/IAs of UZB was conducted in March 2016. Third-party environmental audits were conducted in 10 countries. Special hands-on training on environmental safeguard monitoring and reporting was conducted on demand from TKM (Railway project) and UZB (Water Supply projects)

Two workshops on Regional Exchange on Good Practice of Environmental Safeguard Management in Lahore, Pakistan on 28-30 July 2015, and in Issykul Kyrgyz Republic on 4-6 August 2015, with site visits to 3 projects. These workshops served as practical learning event for sharing good practice and lessons learned in EMP implementation among the PIUs. Participants shared experiences in managing safeguard compliance, lessons learned from public consultations and handling complaints, and discussed requirements of national environmental regulations. ADB's Accountability Mechanism Policy 2012 was also explained.

Output 2. 33 Trainers from 6 firms with IDC completed trainers' training in Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Georgia. Out of the 6 firms, 4 IDC firms formed a pool of third-party auditors to work on the RETA in all 10 DMCs.

Output 3. All knowledge products distributed and being used. e-book "Selected References for Good Practice in Environmental Safeguards Implementation" was prepared and posted online.

Workshop proceeding of the two regional workshops will serve as practical solution through case studies of good practices. The workshop proceeding prepared and distributed to all EAs/IAs

Output 4. Six firms trained in environmental audit but only 4 firms were selected to conduct training and auditing. Completed environmental audit of more than 50 ADB projects in AFG, ARM, AZE, GEO, KAZ, KGZ, PAK, TAJ, TKM, and UZB.

Output 5. Two international and 6 national consultants were recruited to work on the country assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity (CAESC) studies in six DMCs (ARM, AZE, GEO, KGZ, TAJ, PAK). Six CAESC reports prepared and consulted with various stakeholders. Twelve stakeholder consultation workshops conducted. Each CAESC report was submitted to the respected government authority for endorsement.

Six country (ARM, AZE, GEO, KGZ, TAJ, PAK) safeguard frameworks (CSF) prepared and consulted with various stakeholders and submitted to the respective government authorities for endorsement.

Government endorsement provided to the CAESC and CSF in all DMCs, except KGZ CSF which is underway. Endorsed CAESC and CSF were printed and distributed to all EAs/IAs

Geographical Location CWRD DMC: AFG, ARM, AZE, GEO, KAZ, KGZ, PAK, TAJ, TKM, UZB

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with stakeholders conducted during project design.
During Project Implementation

Training has been conducted for staff of executing agencies, PMUs, project contractors and consultants.

Knowledge products have been consulted with colleagues and distributed to all stakeholders and users.

Country safeguard framework undergone stakeholder consultation with all relevant EAs before finalisation

Country assessment studies and capacity development plans were endorsed by the DMCs through stakeholder consultation workshops

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services International Consultants - Training Course (4.3 person-months); Trainers (4.7 person-months); IT Consultant (1 person month); 6 Firms with IDC; International consultants (12 person-months) and national consultants (22 person-months) for 6 country assessment studies; Trainor/Facilitator (3.5 person-months); Case Study Writer (1 person-month)

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Thi Thanh Phuong Tran
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
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 06 Oct 2009
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 13 Aug 2009
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

TA 7548-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Jun 2010 - 21 Jun 2010 31 Jul 2013 31 Mar 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,550,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,650,000.00 21 Jun 2010 1,333,731.50
Title Document Type Document Date
Regional Exchange of Good Practice on Environmental Safeguard Management - Supplementary Appendix Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Jan 2016
Regional Exchange on Good Practices of Environmental Safeguard Management - Supplementary Appendix (Russian translation) Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Jan 2016
Regional Exchange on Good Practice of Environmental Safeguards Management: Case Studies Consultants' Reports Dec 2015
TA 7548-REG Final Report: Kyrgyz Republic Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity and Capacity Development Plan Consultants' Reports Apr 2015
TA 7548-REG Final Report: Tajikistan Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity and Capacity Development Plan Consultants' Reports Mar 2015
TA 7548-REG Final Report: Armenia Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity Consultants' Reports Dec 2014
TA 7548-REG Final Report: Georgia Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity and Capacity Development Plan Consultants' Reports Dec 2014
TA 7548-REG Final Report: Azerbaijan Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity Consultants' Reports Nov 2014
TA 7548-REG Final Report: Pakistan Country Assessment of Environmental Safeguard Capacity and Capacity Development Plan Consultants' Reports Nov 2014
Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia: Environmental Audit Report for Pakistan Consultants' Reports Oct 2014
Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia: Tajikistan Country Report Consultants' Reports Aug 2014
Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia: Kyrgyz Republic Country Report Consultants' Reports Aug 2014
Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia: Armenia Country Report Consultants' Reports Jul 2014
Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia: Kazakhstan Environmental Training and Audit Report Consultants' Reports Jul 2014
Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia: Azerbaijan Country Report Consultants' Reports Jun 2014
Environmental Safeguards Training Consultant and Third Party Auditor - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia: Georgia Country Report Consultants' Reports May 2014
Environmental Safeguards Training Consultant and Third Party Auditor - Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: Uzbekistan Environmental Audit Report Consultants' Reports Mar 2014
Selected References for Good Practice in Environmental Safeguards Implementation Consultants' Reports Jan 2014
Improving the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards in Central and West Asia Technical Assistance Reports Jun 2010

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


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