Regional: Promoting Urban Climate Change Resilience in Selected Asian Cities - Development of Pilot Activities and Project Development Support (Subproject 3)

Sovereign Project | 48317-004

Subproject SP3 will provide resources for piloting approaches to integrate community-led projects into ongoing or planned ADB projects, and thereby contribute to resilience building at various scales within UCCRTF cities. SP3 can be implemented in the following UCCRTF eligible countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Project Name Promoting Urban Climate Change Resilience in Selected Asian Cities - Development of Pilot Activities and Project Development Support (Subproject 3)
Project Number 48317-004
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9329-REG: Promoting Urban Climate Change Resilience in Selected Asian Cities - Development of Pilot Activities and Project Development Support (Subproject 3)
Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility US$ 6.07 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

Subproject SP3 will provide resources for piloting approaches to integrate community-led projects into ongoing or planned ADB projects, and thereby contribute to resilience building at various scales within UCCRTF cities. SP3 can be implemented in the following UCCRTF eligible countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines and Viet Nam.

In 2017, in order to identify the range of activities that will be financed under SP3, UCCRTF together with The Rockefeller Foundation organized 2 rounds of ADB Resilience Academy, a four-day project preparation workshop. It brought together interdisciplinary teams from cities in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines and Viet Nam. Participants were invited in consultation with the ADB Operations Departments (ODs) and came from cities that are already receiving support from UCCRTF for other urban planning and infrastructure investment activities. With mentoring from international and national technical experts, each city team identified projects that could address the current and future climate related risks of its most vulnerable populations. The multidisciplinary and iterative project design process employed at the ADB Resilience Academy reaffirmed the need for the three outputs of inclusive resilience planning, community-identified small-scale projects and driving towards an integration of community-level planning with city-wide planning.

The cities of Faridpur and Patuakhali (Bangladesh), Yangon (Myanmar), Abbotabad and Sialkot (Pakistan), Del Carmen, Janiuay, La Trinidad and Malay (Philippines) were eventually selected for SP3.

Community Assessment and Resilience Planning activities were carried out in each of the cities to determine climate change vulnerabilities and who and where are the most affected segments of the population. Via a multi-criteria analysis and multi-stakeholder consultations, the village/ward/barangay have been selected in each city. These were then followed by intensive community dialogues to strengthen community voice and participation in urban resilience project design and to help urban planning processes address the priorities of the most vulnerable groups of people.

The communities, each with support from a Community Resilience Officer (CRO) recruited through the project, identified small-scale civil works that could improve their resilience, and specified the knowledge and skills that they need in order to operate, maintain and sustain their community-led project.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) aims to scale up urban climate change resilience (UCCR) especially for the urban poor across 25 secondary cities in Asia, prioritizing eight of ADBs developing member countries (DMCs), namely: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Viet Nam. The UCCRTF takes an urban systems-centered approach that supports climate change integration into city planning, project development and implementation, operations and knowledge sharing and capacity building, to reduce the risks of increasing urbanization and climate change on urban populations, particularly the poor.

UCCRTF was designed to have three complementary areas of support, with different funding allocations, offered to cities in DMCs through ADB Operational Departments and SDCC. The three areas are: (i) investments (70% of UCCRTF funds); (ii) urban resilience planning (20%); and (iii) knowledge management and resilience measurement (10%). To support these three areas, the C-R-CDTA: Promoting Urban Climate Change Resilience in Selected Asian Cities was approved on 8 April 2015 and comprises three subprojects: Subproject 1 (SP1): $3.95 million focuses on improving urban planning; Subproject 2 (SP2): $4.985 million will monitor the results of activities funded through UCCRTF; and in Subproject 3 (SP3) investments will be directed by vulnerable communities, not only as beneficiaries, but as active participants in designing and implementing development projects.

The true test for urban resilience is to ensure that the poor and vulnerable communities are protected from the shocks and stresses of climate change. Following the planning activities that have been initiated at the city, provincial and regional levels, UCCRTF seeks to enhance this approach by working from the bottom up. By supporting the preparation of community level resilience plans, implementation of identified community projects and institutionalizing these in higher level plans, this subproject aims to close the loop in building urban resilience. SP3 places a special emphasis community-driven development, gender justice and non-income dimensions of poverty resulting from exclusion and marginalization.

Impact Urban populations, especially the urban poor in selected DMC cities, are less vulnerable to the direct and indirect impacts of climate change.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased application of UCCR principles in selected DMC cities.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Community resilience plans (CRP) prepared in a participatory and inclusive manner.

Community-led projects implemented.

Mechanisms to sustain community resilience plans developed.

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

Output 1: Preparation of Community Resilience Plans and Identification of Community-led Projects.

As of June 2021, the community assessment and resilience planning have been completed in 2 cities in Bangladesh (Faridpur, Patuakhali), 2 cities in Pakistan (Abbottabad, Sialkot), 4 cities in The Philippines (Del Carmen, Janiuay, La Trinidad, Malay) and 1 city in Myanmar (Yangon). These involved the identification of shocks and stresses that communities are facing, the conduct of capacity needs assessment, and the preparation of community resilience plans. Furthermore, a guidebook on community resilience planning is ready for publication to inspire and support other communities and development practitioners who are interested to replicate the process.

Output 2: Implementation of Community-led Projects.

Feasibility Studies (FS) for the community-led projects in 7 cities have been completed. Due diligence compliance for environmental and social safeguards based on ADB and country-specific guidelines is adhered to. The CLPs are a mix of small-scale civil works and measures related to capacity development and livelihood improvement customized based on the context of each community. Various stages of procurement and implementation are underway in accordance with ADB guidelines and community engagement. On-going construction activities in the Philippines include a drainage system in La Trinidad, a community-based water supply system in Janiuay, a multi-purpose evacuation center in Malay, and a materials recovery facility in Del Carmen. These are expected to be turned over to the local communities before December 2021. In Bangladesh and Pakistan, procurement activities are about to commence following additional reports and permits being secured and in close consultation with the local governments and the ADB Resident Missions. The respective CLPs will be community-based solid waste management in both Abbottabad and Patuakhali, and community green parks in Faridpur and Sialkot. These will furthermore be complemented with livelihood/enterprise development.

One of the overarching goals of the TA is to empower communities on project design and implementation through the conduct of capacity development activities. As of December 2020, 875 individuals (509 males and 366 females) have benefitted from training, workshops and awareness-raising. Knowledge sharing sessions have also been organized on a wide range of topics including women empowerment and nature-based solutions.

Output 3: Sustaining Community Resilience Plans.

The TA is creating a strong alignment with city priorities, plans and programs. Additionally, the TA identified potential mechanisms to ensure the sustained operation and maintenance of the community-led projects through a fee-based enterprise model operated by the community wherever possible, and the establishment of symbiotic relationships with city governments, private sector and civil society organizations for collaboration.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design There is active engagement of local stakeholders from city and community, and various sectors such as academe, women, youth, elderly, persons with disability, poor, and civil society organizations to promote and ensure participatory development approaches. They were empowered to take the lead in the identification of local hazards, assessment of vulnerabilities, and selection of prioritized community-led projects.
During Project Implementation A Community Stakeholder Group (CSG) is established in each of the cities as part of the community resilience planning process. The composition of the CSG is through selection by the members of the community. The CSGs are involved in the processes for the planning, procurement and implementation of the community led projects. Given the TA's emphasis on community-driven development, the CSGs' skills are augmented to enable them to have strong project ownership and as part of the sustainability mechanism. A capacity development strategy is in place to ensure that the communities can operate, manage and sustain the community-led projects. A full-time and on-site Community Resilience Officer (CRO) facilitates the community dialogues and serves as conduit of information between the CSG and the project team.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants under subproject 3 will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). To recruit an international firm, an output-based terms of reference was developed and the method of selection was QCBS with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 quality/cost ratio. In addition to the international firm, the services of national and international individual consultants will be procured as needed to strengthen the design and delivery of selected community-led projects (CLP) that require specialized skills.
Responsible ADB Officer Sharma, Virinder
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDSC-URB
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 14 Nov 2016 to 14 Nov 2016
MRM -
Approval 13 Jun 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 Jul 2021

TA 9329-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Jun 2017 - 13 Jun 2017 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 6,065,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,065,000.00 29 Sep 2021 2,612,902.16

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Urban Climate Resilience Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Aug 2021 02 Sep 2021
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021
Urban Climate Change Resilience Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 May 2020 15 May 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9329 20 Oct 2017 Oxfam(UNITED KINGDOM) in association with MERCY CORPS(UNITED STATES) | Oxfam House, John Smith Drive Oxford OX4 2JY United Kingdom Asian Development Bank 5,500,000.00

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