|Project Name||Tina River Hydropower Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Large hydropower generation
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project has been classified as category A for the environment following ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). An environment and social impact assessment has been prepared and disclosed on ADB's website. Aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna and habitat surveys and impact assessments were conducted, and project-affected communities were consulted extensively. The main potential environmental impacts during construction are increased sedimentation, the inundation of 30.5 hectares (ha) of the reservoir, the removal of 115 ha of modified and natural habitat, and minor impacts on fauna. The main potential impacts during operation are induced impacts on terrestrial flora and fauna from increased human access to the upper catchment, and impacts on aquatic fauna due to reduced water flow in the bypassed river section. The SPC will prepare and implement a biodiversity management plan targeting no net loss of biodiversity for identified species, including an offset program to rehabilitate modified habitat. The project design includes an environmental flow of 1 cubic meter per second in the bypassed river section. The SPC will update the environmental and social impact assessment, environmental and social management plan, and other management plans as required in the environmental and social impact assessment. The TRHPO will monitor and supervise compliance with the approved environmental and social management plan during construction. A climate change risk evaluation was conducted and the findings considered in the project design.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project is classified as category A for resettlement following ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. The government has acquired 428.8 ha of customary land for key project infrastructure using compulsory acquisition. The project will have an economic impact on tribal landowner groups and users mainly due to a lack of access to commercial timber and non-timber resources, although there will be no physical displacement. ADB confirmed that the land acquisition processes for the core land meet the safeguard policy requirements of the government and ADB. Although the appeals period has ended, compensation has been formally agreed upon, funds have been disbursed to a trust account, and the land title has been transferred to the lands commissioner, two of the five landowner groups have not yet accepted compensation. The benefits package includes royalties and the establishment of a benefit-sharing mechanism. Approximately 32.6 ha of private land has yet to be acquired for a power transmission corridor. A land acquisition and livelihoods restoration plan will provide compensation and benefits to affected persons, and the plan has been disclosed on ADB's website. Although the Policy on Indigenous Peoples has not been triggered, all necessary measures to minimize adverse impacts on tribal communities are consistent with ADB requirements and in place. The SPC will implement a community development plan, overseen by TRHPO and supported by safeguard specialists.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project is classified as category C for indigenous peoples following ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The TRHPO has prepared the Stakeholder Engagement Policy (SEP) dated April 2017, which outlines the proposed communication strategy with stakeholders. A Consultation and Participation Plan (CPP) will be prepared based on the strategy and will detail consultation activities to be undertaken at different stages of the project cycle. The CPP will includes proposals to strengthen civil society participation. The CPP will include: a stakeholder analysis, a communication strategy (for disclosure, information sharing and community feedback), and an outline of resources to be allocated. Key stakeholders such as affected people, community members, women, and low-income householders, as well as provincial government officials, politicians, government staff, traditional leaders and any civil society organizations will be consulted throughout the project cycle.|
|During Project Implementation|
|Procurement||Engineering, procurement, and construction and operation and maintenance contracts. The SPC will engage an EPC contractor to construct the Tina River Hydropower Plant and access road under an EPC contract. The TRHPO will engage an owners engineer to supervise the EPC contract, and the SPC will engage a contractor to operate and maintain the plant and access road. Solomon Power will be responsible for procuring contractors to construct the transmission line. Drafts of the EPC and O&M contracts have been negotiated, but have yet to be finalized.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Maxwell, Anthony|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD|
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
P.O. Box 26
Honiara, Solomon Islands
|Concept Clearance||24 Mar 2017|
|Fact Finding||29 May 2017 to 02 Jun 2017|
|MRM||07 Jul 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||28 Sep 2017|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Tina River Hydropower Project: Community Development Plan||Resettlement Plans||Jun 2017|
|Tina River Hydropower Project: Land Acquisition and Livelihood Restoration Plan||Resettlement Plans||Jun 2017|
|Tina River Hydropower Project: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment||Environment and Social Impact Assessments||Jun 2017|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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