Bangladesh: Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program - Project 1

Sovereign Project | 44167-014 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is supporting riverbank protection measures in Bangladesh to prevent land erosion. The project will help put in place riverbank protection structures and embankments along vulnerable portions of the Jamuna, Padma, and Ganges rivers - the country’s main waterways. The first tranche of the program will provide urgently needed structural and nonstructural measures, and capacity building.

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Project Name Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program - Project 1
Project Number 44167-014
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan

Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0396-BAN: Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program - Project 1
Government of the Netherlands US$ 15.30 million
Loan 3138-BAN: Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program - Project 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 65.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural flood protection - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban flood protection

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Activities ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Activities are on-going.
Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The first tranche is categorized A for environment. Project interventions will result in positive impacts such as reduced flood damage to crops, security of land from erosion, and improved agricultural and investment conditions. However, changes in floodplain hydrology resulting from construction of flood embankments will bring some negative impacts. The key potential negative impacts are impacts on floodplain-dependent open water fish species and floodplain aquatic habitats, and potential loss of natural wetland production. areas. Measures to mitigate these impacts have been built into the project design and addressed in the government's environmental impact assessment, which contains the environmental management plan. Additional environment studies will be conducted during the first tranche to formulate measures to offset residual impacts. In addition to these studies, a strategic environmental assessment, which will assess the impacts of the investment program, will also be carried out during the first tranche. The environmental impact assessment was uploaded on ADB's website, meeting the 120 days disclosure requirement. An environmental assessment and review framework has also been developed for the MFF. Stakeholders to be affected have been consulted and a grievance redress mechanism has been established.
Involuntary Resettlement

The first tranche is categorized A for involuntary resettlement. About 94 hectares of land will be acquired for the Jamuna right bank 1 subproject area. The land is required for (i) restoration of an embankment along the Jamuna River (12.5 km), (ii) rehabilitation of embankments along tributaries (10.5 km), and (iii) riverbank protection works along the Jamuna River (1.0 km). The land acquisition will affect 1,184 households comprising 8,953 persons, of which 4,393 persons will lose 10% or more of their productive assets. The remaining 4,560 persons will be physically displaced. The affected persons are also direct beneficiaries of the flood and riverbank erosion protection. Impacts of the land acquisition include loss of land, structures, and trees. A resettlement framework and a resettlement plan have been finalized and were agreed with the executing agency, following government laws and regulations and ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. They were disclosed on the ADB website with endorsement by the executing agency. The resettlement plan includes a relocation plan as well as economic rehabilitation of the affected persons. Extensive consultations with the affected persons were conducted during the TA, and relevant information from the resettlement plan was explained to them. BWDB has developed institutional capacity for mitigating social risks through executing a number of externally funded projects.

Two more resettlement plans for the remaining two subproject areas will be prepared under the first tranche, for resettlement and land acquisition of 14 km of riverbank protection works along the Jamuna and Padma rivers. Resettlement plans for these areas will be prepared after approval of the first tranche by ADB's Board of Directors, and just before the construction of structures, in accordance with the resettlement framework; the estimated budget is included in the project cost. This flexibility will facilitate dealing with significant riverbank alignment changes resulting from progressive erosions. Stakeholders in the two subproject areas have been consulted during the TA.

Indigenous Peoples The first tranche is categorized C for indigenous peoples. There are no indigenous peoples as defined for operational purposes by ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement in any of the identified subproject areas of the first tranche and subsequent tranches under the investment program. As the subsequent tranches will also be categorized C, an indigenous peoples planning framework for the investment program was not prepared.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Various groups of stakeholders were consulted at different stages of the project design. This includes consultation for identifying needs, discussing possible solutions, and describing the proposed project design.

Findings of the PPTA and project design were explained and discussed at the inception, interim and draft final workshops during the PPTA, with the participation of government officials of the EA and other government agencies, development partners, academic institutions, NGOs and local stakeholders.

Particularly for local people in the candidate subproject areas, including potential project affected people, due consultations were held with a focus on women, landless and other vulnerable groups regarding: (i) flood and erosion protection needs, (ii) relocation and livelihood issues, (iii) possible solutions to resolve the constraints identified, and (iv) institutional mechanism to address those constraints. Subproject level workshops were also held to explain and discuss the proposed the proposed project design.

During Project Implementation Similar intensive stakeholder consultations will be held during project implementation and for the preparation of future tranches. Regular workshops will be conducted to exchange information and findings of the project with different government agencies, development partners, resource institutions, NGOs, local communities and other parties concerned. Local communities will participate in the project implementation through: (i) formulation of community-based disaster management committees, (ii) community capacity development activities for community-based flood and erosion disaster risk management and participatory regular operation and maintenance (O&M), and (iii) livelihood support activities. Civil societies will be engaged for the implementation of these activities that involve community mobilization and participation. A significant number of local residents will also participate in civil works for erosion protection and flood embankments as labor.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services All consultants, NGOs, and other institutions will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Natsuko Totsuka
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Bangladesh Water Development Board
3 DIT Extension Avenue
Hoque Chamber, Motijheel Commercial Area
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 08 Apr 2014
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Jan 2016

Grant 0396-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2014 14 Aug 2014 17 Sep 2014 30 Jun 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 03 Jul 2014 0.00 9.99 65%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 15.30 03 Jul 2014 0.00 2.22 15%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Loan 3138-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2014 14 Aug 2014 17 Sep 2014 30 Jun 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 88.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 65.00 03 Jul 2014 37.06 0.00 63%
Counterpart 23.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 03 Jul 2014 26.98 0.00 46%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

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