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Tonga: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project

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

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 Closed
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 new 4,000m3 reservoirs at Mataki'eua, the rehabilitation and extension of borefields at Mataki'eua and Tongamai and the zoning of the Nuku'alofa water supply has been completed. Community sentiment is positive as improved water flow and pressure is being reported within the Nuku'alofa network service area. Consumer access to solid waste management services in Nuku'alofa is at 100%. A new cell and new septage beds were constructed at Tapuhia Waste Management Facility. New specialised vehicles have been procured for WAL and TWB. A village solid waste management scheme was successfully completed and WAL have incorporated the villages in their island-wide solid waste collection service. The rehabilitation of 3 and construction of 4 new public convenience facilities around Nuku'alofa have been completed. New public convenience facilities have also been built at Teufaiva Stadium and the rehabilitation of access roads, drainage, sidewalks, streetlights have been completed.
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) (1) 6 local consultant positions were funded by the project for 2 years to Jul15, with 1 extension to Jul17. WAL and TWB tariffs were evaluated and GOT supported new tariffs and levies for WAL including cruise ship environment levy and increased plastic levy which commenced in 2015 and in Sep19, WAL increased its household and commercial waste collection charges/fees. Training on asset management plans (AMP) were held in 2014 and 2015 and WAL and TWB include their AMPs as a mandated component of their annual Business Plans which are submitted to MPE in May each year. (2) A contract for ICB-TWB01 Lot 1 Civil works for rehab and extension of borefields at Mataki'eua and Tongamai and Lot 2 Design and construction of 4,000m3 reservoirs at Mataki'eua was awarded in Jun15; delays were faced and additional materials were needed; practical completion was certified in Mar19 and after minor defects were addressed; subproject was commissioned in Dec19. A contract for ICB-TWB02 Civil works for the zoning of Nuku'alofa water supply was awarded in Dec15; delays were also faced and the subproject was completed in Jun20. 2,025 lockable stop water meter valves to support TWB's new meter replacement program were procured in Apr19. (3) New cell no. 2 constructed at Tapuhia WMF; new landfill compactor and new wheeled loader procured for Tapuhia WMF; groundwater testing system reactivated after delivery of new testing equipment; a pilot village waste collection study, comprising 7 villages was completed and WAL have incorporated all the villages into their island-wide solid waste collection services; a new financial management software package was procured for WAL in 2013 and the updating of their Financial Management Procedures has been completed. (4) 3 public convenience facilities rehabilitated and 4 new constructed around Nuku'alofa completed in 2017; new service trailer for public conveniences and green waste processing equipment procured for WAL in 2017; sanitation facilities for 10 poor/vulnerable households completed in 2019; 3 new public convenience facilities constructed at Teufaiva Stadium completed 2020; municipal garbage bins for public events procured for WAL in 2019; repair of Teufaiva Stadium access road and carpark completed; new entrance at the Tonga Police compound next to Teufaiva Stadium completed Dec18; new storage and servicing shed completed at Tapuhia WMF in May20. (5) Following approval of the remaining sections of the NSPM Act 2012 in Jun17, the project prepared draft community awareness information leaflets and procedures for the issuing of development consents which were provided to NSPAO and MLNR in Q4 2017. WAL/PMU continued to carry out public awareness programs for sanitation improvements; public consultations and awareness programs (radio talk back shows) on service standards, water conservation and demand management continued throughout the project. Customer complaints systems were setup in WAL and TWB; in late 2019, lower levels of customer complaints were records, as customers became more aware of the services being provided. Consultations with women's groups and community associations was ongoing throughout the project. 12 "Women of Tonga" videos were produced and a full launch was held in Jun19.
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 January-June 2020 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 25 Jan 2021

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 08 Dec 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 6.06 0.00 100%
Counterpart 4.18 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 17 Oct 2011 6.06 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Partly satisfactory Satisfactory 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 08 Dec 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 7.45 88%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 14.90 17 Oct 2011 0.00 7.45 88%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

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Titlesort descending Document Type Document Date
Amended and Restated Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Grant Agreement Mar 2017
Amended and Restated Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Grant Agreement Sep 2019
Amended and Restated Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0265-TON: Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Agreements Oct 2017
Amendment to the Amended and Restated Grant Agreement for Grant 0265-TON (EF): Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Grant Agreement Apr 2017
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
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
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
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Gender Action Plans Sep 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Sep 2011
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (30 June 2012 - 30 June 2013) Audited Project Financial Statements Aug 2014
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 (For the Year Ended 30 June 2015) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2015
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 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2017
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Dec 2015
Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Aug 2017
Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project Procurement Plans Jan 2015
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 (30 June 2018-30 June 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2019

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.

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

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Procurement Plan

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