Azerbaijan: Solid Waste Management Project for Intermediary Cities

Sovereign Project | 46522-001

Summary

The impact of the proposed project will be improved urban environment and quality of life for the residents of the Lower Caucasus Economic Zone and NAR. The outcome of the project is improved SWM services and management in the Lower Caucasus Economic Zone and NAR. The project outputs will include:

(i) Institutional arrangement defined to help MEI develop and implement institutional frameworks, establish and enforce operational procedures and guidelines, introduce and disseminate stricter environmental policy and regulatory frameworks; promote sound financial management of municipal SWM utilities through innovative mechanisms and instruments as well as cost recovery tariffs.

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Project Name Solid Waste Management Project for Intermediary Cities
Project Number 46522-001
Country Azerbaijan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8670-AZE: Solid Waste Management Project for Intermediary Cities
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Urban Environmental Infrastructure Fund-UFPF Multi US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban solid waste management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The impact of the proposed project will be improved urban environment and quality of life for the residents of the Lower Caucasus Economic Zone and NAR. The outcome of the project is improved SWM services and management in the Lower Caucasus Economic Zone and NAR. The project outputs will include:

(i) Institutional arrangement defined to help MEI develop and implement institutional frameworks, establish and enforce operational procedures and guidelines, introduce and disseminate stricter environmental policy and regulatory frameworks; promote sound financial management of municipal SWM utilities through innovative mechanisms and instruments as well as cost recovery tariffs.

(ii) SWM system in the Lower Caucasus Economic Zone and NAR established to facilitate the establishment of modern, regional SWM systems that incorporate least cost technical solutions based on international standards, which operate on the principles of waste minimization and material recycling. Where applicable, the program will support development of climate friendly solid waste management projects that will strengthen their preparedness to access carbon and climate financing sources. Key components under this output would include the construction of sanitary landfills and transfer stations in the two project regions, establishment of a functional and comprehensive logistics system for the separation, collection and transfer of waste.

(iii) Operational capacity strengthened to help cities, towns, and municipalities to formulate a strategic plan for coordination and execution of SWM on a regional basis. More specifically, to help ensure operational, technical, and financial sustainability of regional SWM systems and services; the project will build capacity at the regional level to facilitate the adoption of a stringent environmental policy framework that enforces modern regulatory norms; support tariff rationalization and prudent financial management in order to achieve cost recovery.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In recent years, the Government of Azerbaijan (GOA) has embarked on an ambitious agenda to change the current practice of SWM throughout the country. This includes new thinking on how SWM is organized, financed, and implemented in Azerbaijan, from basic improvements to internationally acceptable minimum standards, and gradually to the more ambitious targets set forth by the European Union. It was determined that the introduction of modern, regional SWM systems would be the most cost-effective and efficient, with particular attention paid to operating cost and user fee increases.

MEI, in light of the push for a more holistic investment program in SWM, has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to finance and implement SWM projects in intermediary cities in Azerbaijan. After consultation with other relevant ministries and the Cabinet of Ministers, the Government of Azerbaijan has in turn assigned two regions to ADB: (i) Lower Caucasus Economic Zone, including Qazakh, Aghstafa, Dashkasan, Gadabay, Goranboy, Samukh, Goygol, Tovuz and Shamkir rayons; and (ii) Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR). The current size of financing is envisaged to be $50 million and will finance the development of modern SWM systems in the two regions as specified.

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Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Lower Caucasus Economic Zone,Nakhchivan Autonomous Region
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder consultation will be done during the preparation of socioeconomic surveys and resettlement documents.
During Project Implementation The project will contribute to a better regional environment and living conditions. There will be limited opportunity for specific outreach to the poor and vulnerable, except perhaps through some job creation in waste collection, separation and recycling. There is currently no culture of waste picking or informal recycling at dump sites in the project areas.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants will be engaged through a firm. The TA will require 10 positions and 26 person-months (pm) of international consulting services, and 8 positions and 25 pm of national consulting services. ADB will select and engage consultants in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The quality-and-cost based selection method, using simplified technical proposal procedures, will be followed. The quality-cost ratio will be 90-10, due to the complex technical nature of the assignment and the importance of getting the right expertise for the consultancy.
Procurement The consultants may procure equipment through shopping in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Upon completion of the TA, equipment procured under the TA will be transferred to the EA.
Responsible ADB Officer Lu Shen
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economy and IndustryShahin Mustafayev, Ministeroffice@economy.gov.az40, U.Hajibekov Street, Baku (Government House), Azerbaijan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 26 Jun 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2015

TA 8670-AZE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Jun 2014 08 Aug 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 May 2015 31 May 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 225,000.00 167,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,192,000.00 26 Jun 2014 213,095.00
Title Document Type Document Date
Solid Waste Management Project for Intermediary Cities Technical Assistance Reports Jul 2014

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