Kiribati : Strengthening Safeguards Capacity in the Urban Sector in Kiribati
Agencies implementing both internally funded and development partner financed projects in Kiribati have limited experience in applying country safeguards system (CSS) and development partners' safeguard policies and this has led to inconsistency and weaknesses in implementing safeguards. There is a need to strengthen implementation of Kiribati's CSS on environment, particularly in the areas of preparing, reviewing and implementing environment assessment documents, issuance of licenses with appropriate conditions and environmental management documents and linking approved documents with the bidding/contract documents, and implementing the environmental management plan (EMP).
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- Water and other urban infrastructure and services
|Project Name||Strengthening Safeguards Capacity in the Urban Sector in Kiribati|
|Country / Economy||Kiribati
|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||
Health / Health insurance and subsidized health programs
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Description||Agencies implementing both internally funded and development partner financed projects in Kiribati have limited experience in applying country safeguards system (CSS) and development partners' safeguard policies and this has led to inconsistency and weaknesses in implementing safeguards. There is a need to strengthen implementation of Kiribati's CSS on environment, particularly in the areas of preparing, reviewing and implementing environment assessment documents, issuance of licenses with appropriate conditions and environmental management documents and linking approved documents with the bidding/contract documents, and implementing the environmental management plan (EMP).|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The focus of this technical assistance (TA) is in direct response to a request from the Ministry of Environment, Land and Agriculture development (MELAD) to strengthen environmental safeguards and the capacity of the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) and key ministries to apply environmental safeguards in urban infrastructure developments. The MELAD and Ministry of Public Works and Utilities (MPWU) are core agencies involved in implementing the requirements of the Environment Act. However these agencies suffer from inadequate capacity to implement environmental safeguards and this has contributed to delays in implementation of development partner financed infrastructure projects. The Government has initiated several safeguard strengthening measures such as amending the Environment Act in 2007 and preparing Draft Environment Regulations. However, ECD still faces considerable obstacles in its ability to properly implement and enforce the system of environmental assessment and the framework of environmental licensing it creates. With infrastructure investments being made and other development projects now taking place, the regulatory framework requires strengthening to ensure that Kiribati's fragile environment is protected from unsustainable and environmentally destructive practices.
ADB's Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Kiribati (2010 - 2014) continues development emphasis on improved delivery of sustainable infrastructure services along with improved public financial management. Kiribati receives ADB assistance primarily in the transport and urban development sectors. The CPS notes that this will be done in alignment with the objectives of the Paris Declaration and Accra Principles which are based on strengthening and applying country systems. This TA would directly contribute to one of CPS' expected outcomes being strengthened government transparency and accountability, particularly in the sustainable development and environmental protection sector.
Improved application of environmental safeguards in the urban sector
|Description of Outcome||
Strengthened capacity to implement environmental safeguards in the urban infrastructure sector.
|Progress Toward Outcome||Achieved. Additional TA focused on drafting amending law and regulations would further strengthen implementation.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Environmental safeguards legal review and equivalence assessment.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||A number of reports have been submitted, these have been discussed with stakeholders. An operations manual, capturing best practices, has been prepared for ECD.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultations with government and development partners.|
|During Project Implementation||Consultations and workshops held throughout TA delivery aimed to engage key stakeholders.|
|Consulting Services||The TA will require a total of eight person-months of consulting services over the period 1 November 2013 to 31 December 2014|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Williams, Jean|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD|
Asian Development Bank
|Approval||09 Aug 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||17 Mar 2015|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|09 Aug 2013||-||09 Aug 2013||31 Dec 2014||31 Jan 2015||31 Mar 2015|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|220,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||220,000.00||17 Jun 2022||152,604.73|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Safeguards Capacity in the Urban Sector: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2015|
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.
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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