Afghanistan: Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1

Sovereign Project | 42091-032 Status: Active

ADB is helping Afghanistan improve its ageing irrigation systems and provide flood protection. The first project under the program will upgrade infrastructure in the Balkh River Basin and Nangahar Valley, establish a river basin agency and water user associations, prepare a reform plan for state-run Nangahar Valley Development Authority, and improve flood management along the Amu Darya River.

Project Details

Project Officer
Woldring, Hans Siewert Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Afghanistan
Modality
  • Grant
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1
Project Number 42091-032
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0167-AFG: Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 86.60 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Irrigation - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management

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 250 structures package in northern basin being completed with completing 207 structures. The rehabilitation of NVDA main, secondary and tertiary canals bid evaluation report was submitted to ADB and granted the no-objection in November 2014. The ICB contract was awarded on Feb 3, 2015 and contractor being mobilized, with so far 70% work progress. Along side, both Bangala and Yatem Tapa packages are ongoing with construction progress rate of 95% and 85% respectively. The request for Yatim Tapa contract variation was approved by ADB in October 2016.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Implementation consultant recruited by MEW (31 December 2011, SNC Lavalin). Sub-contracting of NGO for WUA establishment was done, while SNC Lavalin withdrawn from Afghanistan as of 31 December 2014, therefore, the NGO services will be re-recruited through another contract. The consultant finalized a capacity building program for the Northern Basin RBA and the Panj Amu RBA. The capacity development plan was approved by ADB on 20 May 2014 and the capacity building program is expected to be completed by Q4 2016.

Improved access points to be constructed as part of the pilot rehabilitation of secondary and tertiary canal structures (Balkh), and through the ICB package (NVDA). The access points (Water Collection point) in Lower Balkh are considered as CC and will be implemented through the NGO, NGO was hired under the SNC Lavalin the consultant firm contract but due to their withdrawal in December 2014 from Afghanistan, the NGO recruitment will be reconsidered once decision is made in regard to replacement of the SNC Lavalin. Draft TOR has been prepared, and now with ADB for review.

Current work of the contract has been completed, with progress rate of 93% in total. The Intended Completion Date expired on 31 October, 2014. Due to some unforeseen reasons and despite one year time extension the contractor was not able to complete the construction of all structures. There has been an increase in quantities and hence costs amounting to some 15%, largely due to changes in designs that have had to be made to accommodate community concerns. In total 207 structures of the original scope of 250 were completed. A request to reduce the scope of the project has been approved by ADB in order to close the contract.

The contract for Bangala weir has already been awarded on 21 April 2014. The advance has been paid on Nov 2014 and the NTP issued, with civil works progressing as 95% completed.

The BER for a NCB package for priority civil works has been approved by ADB. Detailed designs for the ICB package have been completed and IFB was advertised on ADB and government websites on 21 Aug 2013. Bid evaluation report has been submitted to ADB for review and approval. PC paper has been prepared and circulated to PC committee and comment has been received. The ADB NOL for ICB contract granted on November 21, 2014, and the SPC approval received on December 10, 2014. The Contract Award Notice was announced on Dec 12 for 14 days with a closing date of Dec 25, 2014. The ICB contract was awarded on Feb 3, 2015 and contractor being mobilized with works being progressed at 75% completed.

Invitation for bids for Yatim Tapa flood protection works was advertised on 22 October 2013. Bid evaluation report has been submitted to ADB. PC paper has been prepared and circulated to PC committee and comments have been received. The PC paper is being revised and ADB no objection has been granted for the award of contract on 3 September 2014, the Yatim Tepa flood protection works and pilot porcupines contract was awarded on 21st October 2014. The contractor decided to not apply for an advance payment and provided the PMO with their statement of cash flow which shows their ability to run the project without receiving the advance payment. After meeting the other requirements under the civil work commencement. The letter of NTP was issued on 17 January 2015. The work is in progress now. The contractor has started making of pre-cast concrete blocks for bank protection. The construction of the intake depends on the amount of the flow in the river and may not start till Q1 2016, due to high water flow in the river.

Invitation for bids for Yatim Tapa flood protection works was advertised on 22 October 2013. Bid evaluation report has been submitted to ADB. PC paper has been prepared and circulated to PC committee and comments have been received. The PC paper is being revised and ADB no objection has been granted for the award of contract on 3 September 2014, the Yatim Tepa flood protection works and pilot porcupines contract was awarded on 21st October 2014. The contractor decided to not apply for an advance payment and provided the PMO with their statement of cash flow which shows their ability to run the project without receiving the advance payment. After meeting the other requirements under the civil work commencement. The letter of NTP was issued on 17 January 2015. The work is in progress now. The contractor has started making of pre-cast concrete blocks for bank protection. The construction of the intake depends on the amount of the flow in the river.

ADB NoL granted for the award of contract on 3 September 2014, the Yatim Tepa flood protection works and pilot porcupines contract was awarded on 21st October 2014. The contractor decided to not apply for an advance payment and provided the PMO with their statement of cash flow which shows their ability to run the project without receiving the advance payment. After meeting the other requirements under the civil work commencement. The letter of NTP was issued on 17 January 2015. The work is in progress now. The contractor has started making of pre-cast concrete blocks for bank protection. So far 2.2 Km of embankment being completed.

NVDA charter was approved by cabinet of Minister and now NVDA canal directorate has a legal status as government company, while work is ongoing to finalize the business plan. this initially fell in the Consulting firm's TOR and now will be shifted under PMO ceiling since decided in the review mission of mid 2016. since the firm hasn't shown any progress in towards it, and currently a memo has been drafted on the engagement of individual international consultant for the assignment.

NGO was selected to undertake the required job, but as per withdrawal of SNC Lavalin the NGO contract has also be cancelled, recruitment of NGO for this activity will be reconsidered. Currently the draft TOR for the NGO has been under review.

Bangala weir contract has been awarded, consultant is working on the operation rules. The supervision consultant will draft O&M plan and will submit it for MEW's review before the completion of the civil works.

Work is ongoing. The program presented to MEW on Dec 2014 and accepted by MEW. The proposal for FMU establishment will be soon submitted to ADB. Final comments on the FMU proposal has been incorporated and will be submitted to ADB very soon.

PMOs/PIOs established in 2011 and recruitment process completed in 2012.

First draft of the PPMS has been prepared, currently PCO at MoF is working on it to have it aligned with the revised implementation schedule of the project.

The audit reports for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and 2016 have been submitted to ADB and is being accepted.

Geographical Location Balkh, Jawzjan, Takhar, Kunduz and Nangarhar Provinces

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The Water Resources Development Investment Program (the Investment Program) is financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), through a multitranche financing facility (MFF). The Investment Program has an environmental assessment and review framework and cumulative environmental impact assessment. Each project under the MFF will have individual safeguard documents as required by ADB. The first tranche had an initial environmental examination and is classified as environmental category B according to ADB guidelines.

An EARF and cumulative impact assessment were prepared for the Investment Program following the Government's existing environmental laws and regulations and ADB's Environmental Policy (2002).

The EARF lays out the procedures and provides guidance for environmental due diligence under the Investment Program. Environmental capacity development for the Investment Program will be supported through the implementation consultants' environmental specialist, who will be part of the safeguard team in the PMOs. The PMOs, with support from the consultants, will be responsible for environmental monitoring and implementation of the environmental management plans (EMPs). For future tranches, initial environmental examinations (IEEs), or environmental impact assessments, if required, will be prepared following the EARF and included in the appraisal report, with due public consultation and information disclosure. The finalized IEEs will be submitted with the PFR for ADB approval.

The IEE, including an EMP and summary IEE, was prepared for the first tranche, which is classified as category B in terms of environmental impacts. The Project should have positive impacts on the environment including improved water-use efficiency, protection of assets from river bank erosion and flooding, and better land-use management. Potential negative impacts include (i) erosion of flood protection infrastructure; (ii) dust, noise, and waste during construction; (iii) flood flow displacement due to headworks operation; and (iv) possible degraded surface and groundwater quality and public health due to increased use of agricultural inputs. These will be mitigated by (i) development of a contractors' environmental management plan based on the EMP, with monitoring benchmarks; (ii) operation of infrastructure to minimize flood damage; (iii) WUA training for improved water management; and (iv) RBA capacity building related specifically to developing and implementing technically, socially, and environmentally sound operational policies and procedures. All of the environmental due diligence documents for the first tranche and Investment Program are found in Supplementary Appendix D.

Involuntary Resettlement

A land acquisition and resettlement framework (LARF) was prepared based on the laws of Afghanistan and in accordance with ADB's Involuntary Resettlement Policy (1995) and Operations Manual49 and endorsed by the Government. The LARF has established a process for (i) resettlement categorization of project activities as A, B, or C based on ADB guidelines; (ii) assessment of required resettlement activities; (iii) preparation of any required resettlement plans or other safeguards documents; (iv) compensation to affected persons prior to commence of civil works; and (v) grievance redress among other resettlement activities. The safeguards teams in the PMOs will be responsible for all resettlement activities and prepare any required resettlement plan(s). The categorization form and draft resettlement documents for subsequent tranches will be submitted for ADB approval with each PFR. The PMO and implementation consultants and/or contractors will update resettlement plans during detailed design. Resettlement plans will be implemented only after they have been formally approved by the IA and cleared by ADB. No notice to proceed will be given for civil works until the resettlement plan is fully implemented in the construction area. The PMO will monitor the resettlement plan implementation and report to ADB. In addition, an external monitoring agency will be engaged by the PMO and will have responsibility for (i) confirming that any required land acquisition and resettlement activities have been completed prior to commencement of civil works, (ii) assessing implementation, (iii) progress reporting, and (iv) assessing the impact of the land acquisition and resettlement activities. The external monitoring agency findings and quarterly reports will be filed independently with the EA, IA(s), and ADB, and relevant information may be included in PMO reporting. A nongovernment organization may be engaged as required to support the PMO with the preparation and implementation of resettlement activities. The LARF will ensure that women receive due compensation for losses, and that women who are de facto household heads are clearly listed as beneficiaries for compensation. The Government of Afghanistan has agreed to pay resettlement compensation costs.

Tranche 1 has been categorized as category B for resettlement. The NBD component will require some land acquisition that may impact up to five families, but no relocation is required. The flood management component requires compensation for 19 families that are currently farming in the area of the proposed protective embankment. Short land acquisition and resettlement plans (SLARPs) have been prepared for the affected persons. A summary of the LARF is found in Appendix 14 and the full LARF and SLARP are in Supplementary Appendix C.

Indigenous Peoples The tranche 1 project has been classified as category C. The tranche 1 project areas are inhabited by different ethnic groups. The socioeconomic features and level of vulnerability of these people do not fit with the characteristics defined by ADB's Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998). The impact of subsequent tranche projects on indigenous peoples will be categorized through the initial poverty and social assessment (IPSA) screening and indigenous peoples categorization followed by appropriate actions as indicated in the approved LARF. Specific actions favorable to indigenous peoples will be included in the land acquisition and resettlement plan or in the specific PFR document for projects categorized as B in terms of indigenous peoples impact. Projects undertaken as part of future tranches will avoid negative impacts on indigenous peoples. If a project under a future tranche is classified as category A with respect to indigenous peoples impacts, an indigenous peoples development plan will be prepared in accordance with ADB's Policy on Indigenous Peoples. Any required documents relating to indigenous peoples will be attached to the PFR.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were undertaken by the project preparation consultants with farmer irrigators, the landless, sharecroppers, herders, community elders, officials from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and government authorities. In addition, small workshops and meetings were held in each of the project component areas, and a large final tripartite workshop was held in Kabul at the end of the project preparation. The views of the communities and proposed project beneficiaries were incorporated into the project design. Consultation is integral to the project design with regard to the development of water users associations (WUAs), which will be empowered to assume formal responsibility for the management and operation and maintenance of large portions of the irrigation system, and will share decision-making responsibility for infrastructure improvements.
During Project Implementation During project implementation, there will be significant interaction with the local farmers as a part of the WUA development and training program. Local NGOs will support implementation of this effort, which by its very nature will be participatory and involve ongoing consultation with farmers and community members.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

All consultants to be financed will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).

The PMOs and PIOs will be supported by consulting services packages to complete detailed design and provide effective construction supervision.

Firm consultants will be selected on quality based seleciton procedures. The MAIL package will provide 72 person-months of international consultants and 299 person-months of national consultants while the MEW package will provide 206 person-months of international consulting input and 758 person-months of national consulting input.

About 10 person-months of individual consultant input will be recruited to accelerate project readiness for detailed design and tendering of the construction of Bangala weir and R&U of the Samarkandian weir.

Procurement Procurement of works and goods to be financed under the Investment Program will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). International competitive bidding (ICB) will be used for supply contracts estimated costing more than $500,000 and for civil works that cost more than $2 million. National competitive bidding (NCB) will be used for goods and works above $100,000 and below the ICB thresholds. Shopping will be used for goods and works equal to or below $100,000.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Woldring, Hans Siewert
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
H.E. Dr. Mustafa Mastoor
[email protected]
Ministry of Finance. Passhtunistan watt, Kabul

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Jul 2009
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2017

Grant 0167-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Oct 2009 11 Nov 2009 08 Jan 2010 30 Jun 2015 30 Jun 2018 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 89.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 86.60 06 Oct 2009 73.77 0.00 85%
Counterpart 2.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Oct 2009 63.52 0.00 73%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0170-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Oct 2009 11 Nov 2009 08 Jan 2010 30 Jun 2015 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 06 Oct 2009 0.00 3.25 99%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Oct 2009 0.00 1.78 54%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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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.

Title Document Type Document Date
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1: Resettlement Monitoring Report (July-December 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2017
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2016
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1: Bangla Weir Subproject Resettlement Monitoring Report (January-June 2016) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2016
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1: Bangala and Yetim Tepa Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2016
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1: ICB Works (Main Canal) Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2016) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2016
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1: Resettlement Monitoring Report (July-December 2015) Social Monitoring Reports May 2016
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Environmental Monitoring Report (June-December 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2016
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2015
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2015
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Social Monitoring Report (February 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2015
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Social Monitoring Report (December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Water Resources Development Investment Program Tranche 1: Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2014
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1: Resettlement Plan for Bangala Weir Resettlement Plans Nov 2013
Water Resources Development Investment Program - Project 1: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2013
Water Resources Development Investment Program (Tranche 1) - Construction of Northern Basin Development Main Canals: Environmental Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2013
Water Resource Development Investment Program - Tranche 1: Environmental Monitoring Report (November 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Nov 2012

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Senior Construction Supervisor 1 (1837/ICB) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jul 2017 18 Jul 2017
Resident Engineer-National Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jul 2017 11 Jul 2017
Resident Engineer-National Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jul 2017 11 Jul 2017
Resident Engineer-National Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jul 2017 11 Jul 2017
Procurement Specialist for repackaging of T2 Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017
The Implementation of Participatory Irrigation Management Capacity Development Program Firm - Consulting Closed 14 Apr 2017 13 May 2017

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan