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Tonga: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42394-022 Status: Active

ADB is helping Tonga improve urban planning and management and the delivery of sustainable urban services in the capital, Nuku'alofa. The project will support the establishment of a municipal government in Nuku'alofa and enhance municipal services, including water supply, solid waste, and sanitation.

Project Details

Project Officer
King, Grace Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Tonga
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project
Project Number 42394-022
Country Tonga
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0264-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 6.06 million
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 6.06 million
Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project
Government of Australia US$ 6.44 million
Government of Australia US$ 6.44 million
Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector-Additional Financing
Government of Australia US$ 226,450.00
Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project-Additional Financing
Government of Australia US$ 1.51 million
Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project - Additional Financing III
Government of Australia US$ 291,934.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Project will support the establishment of municipal government in Nuku'alofa and will provide high priority urban infrastructure identified in the Nuku'alofa Urban Infrastructure Development Plan (UIDP). The Project will expand upon infrastructure development currently being undertaken in Nuku'alofa through the Nuku'alofa Reconstruction Project (NRP) and the Integrated Urban Development Sector Project (IUDSP).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Nuku'alofa, Tonga's capital, has a population of 34,058 (34% of the national population) and is forecast to grow to 45,000 (or about 40% of Tonga's population) by 2030. Migration to Nuku'alofa from Tonga's outer islands is significant. Urban growth in Tonga is a relatively recent phenomenon and has not been matched by the provision of, or improvement in the delivery of, urban services. Living conditions for many of Nuku'alofa residents are deteriorating and demand for improved urban infrastructure is increasing.

Development pressure in Nuku'alofa is increasing due to population growth. The existing urban infrastructure is barely capable of meeting the demands from the current urban population. Upgrading of existing infrastructure is being undertaken through NRP and IUDSP. However, the scope of these projects is limited and do not meet all immediate infrastructure needs. Further investment in urban infrastructure is urgently required. Land for urban expansion of Nuku'alofa is limited to the peripheral agricultural and ecologically sensitive areas.

Impact The living conditions for the Nuku'alofa urban population improved.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Access by Nuku''alofa residents to improved municipal services increased.
Progress Toward Outcome The construction of 2 new 4,000m3 reservoirs at Mataki'eua and the rehabilitation and extension of borefields at Mataki'eua and Tongamai were commissioned in Dec19, while the zonation works are almost complete. A new cell and septage beds were constructed at Tapuhia Waste Management Facility, as well as the installation of a new weighbridge. Consumer access to solid waste management services in Nuku'alofa is at 100%. A village solid waste management scheme was successfully completed. The rehabilitation of 3 and construction of 4 new public conveniences in Nuku'alofa have been completed. Various specialised equipment and vehicles have been procured for WAL and TWB. New public convenience facilities have been built at Teufaiva Stadium and the rehabilitation of access roads, drainage, sidewalks, streetlights are almost complete.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Strengthened policy environment for delivery of urban services.

Effective, efficient and sustainable water supply services in Nuku'alofa (core subproject) provided by TWB.

Sustainable solid waste services in Nuku'alofa (core subproject) provided by WAL.

Other municipal services within Nuku'alofa improved.

Raised community awareness of municipal services.

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

- 6 local consultant positions for NSPAO were funded by the project; the Nuku'alofa Strategic Development Plan has been drafted and is awaiting Parliament's decision after community consultations on the proposed amendments to the NSPM Act 2012 are completed; evaluation of WAL and TWB tariffs have been completed with new tariffs and levies for WAL approved by Government; training on asset management plans have been completed.

- 2 new 4,000m3 reservoirs at Mataki'eua and the rehabilitation and extension of the borefields at Mataki'eua and Tongamai were commissioned in Dec19; zonation works are almost complete; lockable valves were purchased for TWB; financial management assistance was provided to WAL and utility vehicles were procured for TWB.

- A new cell and septage beds were constructed at Tapuhia Waste Management Facility; a village waste collection pilot was completed; specialised equipment/vehicles and a new financial management package were purchased for WAL.

- The rehabilitation of 3 and construction of 4 new public convenience facilities around Nuku'alofa have been completed; sanitation facilities in 10 poor/vulnerable households have been improved; municipal garbage bins were purchased for WAL; new public convenience facilities have been built at Teufaiva Stadium and the rehabilitation of access roads, drainage, sidewalks, streetlights are almost complete, a new storage shed is being built at Tapuhia.

- Customer complaints systems have been setup in WAL and TWB; WAL/PMU continue to carry out public awareness programs; consultations with women's groups and community associations are ongoing; 12 videos on "Woman in Tonga" were launched.

Geographical Location Nation-wide, Nuku'alofa
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The ESU established in NSPAO oversees the environmental and social issues of the overall project. They are supported by the WAL ESU, which was first established for the construction of Cell 2 and entails preparation, design, construction, implementation, operation and decommissioning. An ESU has also been established at TWB, for the construction phases of TWB01 and TWB02. Feasibility studies for the new candidate subprojects have been cleared and meet the requirements set forth in the project IEE and the EARF.
Involuntary Resettlement The updated resettlement plan for the core water subproject was approved and disclosed on ADB website in August 2014. No resettlement activities were reported during July-December 2019 Safeguards Monitoring period.
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The total consultant input is estimated at 15.5 person-months, of which 7 person-months will be from international consulting services and 8.5 person-months will be from national consulting services. The consultants will be recruited individually.
Responsible ADB Officer King, Grace
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Vuna Road
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Oct 2010
Fact Finding 20 Jun 2011 to 24 Jun 2011
MRM 29 Jul 2011
Approval 17 Oct 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 May 2020

Grant 0264-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Oct 2011 11 Jan 2012 10 Apr 2012 31 Dec 2017 30 Jun 2020 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 16.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.12 17 Oct 2011 6.05 0.00 100%
Counterpart 4.18 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 17 Oct 2011 6.05 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Partly satisfactory - Partly satisfactory Partly satisfactory Partly satisfactory

Grant 0265-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Oct 2011 11 Jan 2012 10 Apr 2012 31 Dec 2017 30 Jun 2020 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 14.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 17 Oct 2011 0.00 8.46 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 14.90 17 Oct 2011 0.00 7.08 84%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory Unsatisfactory Unsatisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Amended and Restated Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Grant Agreement Sep 2019
Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (30 June 2017-30 June 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2018
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (For the Year Ended 30 June 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2017
Amended and Restated Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Agreements Oct 2017
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Aug 2017
Amendment to the Amended and Restated Grant Agreement for Grant 0265-TON (EF): Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Grant Agreement Apr 2017
Amended and Restated Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Grant Agreement Mar 2017
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (For the Year Ended 30 June 2016) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2016
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (For the Year Ended 30 June 2015) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2015
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Dec 2015
Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project Procurement Plans Jan 2015
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (30 June 2013 - 30 June 2014) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2014
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (30 June 2012 - 30 June 2013) Audited Project Financial Statements Aug 2014
Grant Agreement for Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project between Kingdom of Tonga and Asian Development Bank dated 11 January 2012 Grant Agreement Jan 2012
Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project between Kingdom of Tonga and Asian Development Bank dated 11 January 2012 Grant Agreement Jan 2012
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Sep 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Gender Action Plans Sep 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Sep 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Aug 2011

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
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2020
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2020
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2019
Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2018) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2018
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2018) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2018
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (June-December 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2018
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (December 2016-May 2017) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2017
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (May-November 2016) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2016
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (November 2015-April 2016) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports May 2016
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (May-October 2015) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2015
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (October 2014-April 2015) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (April-September 2014) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2014
Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project (Core Subproject - Water Supply) Resettlement Plans Aug 2014
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (October 2013-March 2014) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2014
Nuku’alofa Urban Development Project (Core Subproject – Water Supply) Resettlement Plans Jan 2014
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework (as of Board approval) Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Dec 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Water Supply Improvement Subproject (as of Board approval) Environmental Assessment and Measures Dec 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Resettlement Framework (as of Board approval) Resettlement Frameworks Dec 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Solid Waste Improvement Subproject (as of Board approval) Environmental Assessment and Measures Dec 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Core Subproject 1 (Water Supply) (as of Board approval) Resettlement Plans Dec 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Aug 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Aug 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Solid Waste Improvement Subproject: Solid Waste Household Collection Services and Landfill Operation Environmental Assessment and Measures Aug 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Core Subproject 1 (Water Supply) Resettlement Plans Aug 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Water Supply Improvement Subproject - Water Supply Production Environmental Assessment and Measures Aug 2011

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project Procurement Plans Jan 2015