Regional : Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems
|Project Name||Strengthening and Use of Country Safeguard Systems|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Public administration - Reforms of state owned enterprises
|Gender||No gender elements|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was approved by the Board of Directors in July 2009 and became effective in January 2010. As a key policy feature, the SPS places major emphasis on the need to assist DMCs to strengthen their own safeguard systems and enhance their implementation capacity in addressing environmental and social risks associated with development projects. The SPS comes at a critical time when ADB is scaling up its assistance to DMCs in promoting environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This proposed technical assistance (TA) is designed to implement the SPS requirements for the strengthening and effective implementation of country safeguard systems (CSS).|
Enhanced environmental and social sustainability of development projects in participating DMCs, regardless of source of funding
|Description of Outcome||
Strengthened CSS in one or more of the following areas in each participating DMC:
Improved country legal and regulatory frameworks for environmental assessment and management, involuntary resettlement and/or Indigenous Peoples
Strengthened institutions and capacity of relevant government agencies, CSOs, and/or other stakeholder groups for effective implementation of laws and regulations
Enhanced state-owned or private sector companies' environmental and social management systems
Enhanced programs for public awareness and involvement in environmental and social assessment, planning, and implementation process
Improved mechanisms for information sharing and knowledge management and dissemination
Action plans developed and adopted for implementation by governments or private sector companies
Enhanced partnerships among development partners for long-term programs with funding sources available for CSS strengthening and effective implementation
|Progress Toward Outcome||--|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Implement a series of country-and/or subregional-level subprojects
2. Knowledge management and dissemination
3. Cooperation among development agencies
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Output 1: Implement a series of country-and/or subregional-level subprojects
Twenty-nine subprojects involving 25 DMCs were approved. Of the 29 subprojects, 26 involved individual DMCs while three covered multiple countries. Among the 26 subprojects involving individual DMCs, there were three for Central and West Asia, three for East Asia, four for the Pacific, five for South Asia, and 11 for Southeast Asia. Among the three covering multiple countries, the first was for ESMS capacity building for private sector financial intermediaries, the second was for the EIA clearinghouse and capacity strengthening through twinning, and the third was for the training and knowledge sharing for CSS strengthening in the Pacific. All 29 subprojects were completed by 31 December 2016.
Output 2: Knowledge management and dissemination
To promote effective knowledge sharing among the DMCs, including South-South cooperation and partnership among multilateral and bilateral agencies for CSS strengthening, the first CSS Regional Workshop in April 2012 was organized with support from TA 7566. This was followed by the second Regional Workshop in October 2014. In 2016, the TA also supported two CSS Subregional Workshops -- one for Central, West, and East Asia; and another for South and Southeast Asia. The Third Regional Workshop on CSS was held in April 2017.
TA 7566 likewise supported a regional CSS mapping exercise to undertake initial diagnostic assessments of developing member countries.
Output 3: Cooperation among development agencies
ADB has played a core role in promoting partnership on CSS in the region. In 2012, a joint community of practice on CSS involving ADB, DFAT, Australia, JICA, and the World Bank was established.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||1. TA Advisers (36 person months, international) 2. Country Safeguard Specialists in environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples. (30 person months, national) 3. TA Administration Coordinators (42 person months, national) 4. International and national consultants for carrying out country subregional level subprojects and corresponding person months will be determined by ADB departments during TA implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Abbas, Zehra|
|Responsible ADB Department||Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment and Safeguards Division, SDCC|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||26 Jul 2010|
|Approval||26 Jul 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||20 May 2010|
|Last PDS Update||02 Aug 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|26 Jul 2010||-||26 Jul 2010||31 Dec 2013||30 Apr 2017||14 Sep 2017|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|10,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||10,000,000.00||17 Jun 2022||9,897,485.75|
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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.
None currently available.
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
None currently available.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Building Country Safeguard Systems Briefing Note No. 4: Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples through Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems||Brochures and Flyers||May 2016|
|Building Country Safeguard Systems Briefing Note No. 5: Strengthening Capacity to Apply Country Safeguard Systems||Brochures and Flyers||May 2016|
|Country Safeguard Systems Regional Workshop Proceedings: Towards Common Approaches and Better Results||Conference Proceedings||Nov 2012|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 7566||05 Jul 2016||International Union for Conservation of Nature (Nepal) in Association with Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) | Kupondole, Lalitpur Nepal||Asian Development Bank||186,584.00||—|
None currently available.