Regional: Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 48488-001

The TA will strengthen the resilience of investments in the Pacific by: (i) incorporating climate change and disaster risk management (DRM) considerations into project designs, (ii) strengthening integration of climate change and DRM considerations in government planning processes in key sectors in selected countries, (iii) supporting access to climate change financing, and (iv) strengthening Pacific DMCs' capacity to negotiate climate change agreements and financing.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    O'Brien, Noelle
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Modality
    • Technical Assistance
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific
Project Number 48488-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8961-REG: Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 8961-REG: Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 8961-REG: Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Climate Change Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 8961-REG: Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA will strengthen the resilience of investments in the Pacific by: (i) incorporating climate change and disaster risk management (DRM) considerations into project designs, (ii) strengthening integration of climate change and DRM considerations in government planning processes in key sectors in selected countries, (iii) supporting access to climate change financing, and (iv) strengthening Pacific DMCs' capacity to negotiate climate change agreements and financing.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The small size, remoteness, and fragile biodiversity of Pacific island countries make them exceptionally vulnerable to natural hazards and climate change, with low capacity to manage the resulting risks. Physical infrastructure associated with transport, energy, water supply and sanitation, and human settlements, is particularly vulnerable to climate change and disaster risks. Adaptation measures to increase the resilience of infrastructure to both disaster events and long term climate change may involve a significant incremental cost on top of the underlying infrastructure investments. Given immense and growing adaptation needs in the Pacific, significant amounts of additional financing must be mobilized.

The TA responds to the priorities identified in the Regional Operations Business Plan for the Pacific 2014-2016. The TA also supports the national adaptation priorities of the Pacific DMCs, and ADB's Pacific Approach 2010-14 and its successor under preparation. The focus of the support will be on supporting Pacific DMCs in key sectors where ADB is providing investment support, and development of national and regional pipelines for climate change and DRM investments. Therefore, the focus is consistent with Country Partnership Strategies and Pacific Approach priorities, and the TA support will be directly linked to pipeline investments and key sectors in the Pacific.

Impact

Strengthened integrated risk management to enhance climate and disaster resilience (Draft Strategy for

Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Climate and disaster resiliency of investments in Pacific DMCs increased
Progress Toward Outcome

A multi-sectoral climate change team has been mobilized and has provided countries in the region with the following support:

1) Climate risk and vulnerability assessments (CRVA)

- Completed five CRVAs for large scale infrastructure investments (PNG: Sustainable Highlands Highway Investment Program and Water Supply Scheme for Tete Settlement Project; Fiji: Nadi River Control Project; KIR: South Tarawa Water Supply Project; VAN: Luganville Urban Development Project - completed draft);

- completed climate screening using AWARE software of four large scale infrastructure investments (SAM: Ports Infrastructure Development Project; KIR: South Tarawa Water Supply Project; and PNG: Multipartner Financing Facility for the Highlands Highway Project and District and Provincial Towns Water Supply Project);

- provided technical support to eleven investment design teams as they undertook CRVAs (covering investments in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, PNG, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Samoa); and

- prepared six climate change profiles for pipeline investments in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Timor Leste and PNG.

2) Climate change finance

- supported preparation of the following submissions from Pacific countries to the Green Climate Fund (GCF): Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program; Cook Islands Renewable Energy Sector Project - Battery storage; Nauru Climate Resilient Port Development; Tonga Renewable Energy Project; South Tarawa Water Supply Project and; Solomon Islands Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (Concept Note phase).

- supported preparation of four additional Concept Notes for consideration: two for PNG - one covering the energy sector, one covering the transport sector; one for a Samoa Multipurpose dam project, and one for Tonga Integrated Urban Resilience Sector Project; and

- supported the PNG government with the development of a GCF pipeline.

3) Mainstreaming gender and climate change

- supported a broad review of the gender and climate change policy nexus in the Pacific countries;

- In coordination with regional partners, prepared (draft) chapter on Gender and Social inclusion for the Kiribati Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance Assessment; and,

- ensured that the projects submitted for GCF funding would be inclusive and mainstream gender concerns and optimally benefits women, including assessments for Tonga and Samoa renewable energy projects.

4) Disaster risk financing

- prepared an initial roadmap for a Regional Contingent Saving Facility (with the participation of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu); and

- supported initial design (Concept Note) for an investment in _Advancing Disaster Risk Financing in the Pacific Contingent Savings Facility._

5) Climate change and disaster risk management strategic support

- supported the Pacific Department (PARD) in determining how to optimally support implementation of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific, including the elaboration of PARD's Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Action Plan (2017 2020) and the published brochure Building Resilience in the Pacific - How ADB is Addressing Climate Change and Disaster Risks_.

6) Data management

- prepared an on-line database that provides data (and links) on a range of climate change issues, such as: CRVAs and other climate change assessments; sources of climate change financing and climate change reference materials; PARD's climate change financing (2011-2016) and projected climate change funding; and

- generally supported PARD senior management and sectoral staff to actively contribute to regional climate change discussions and policy debates, notably through the preparation of briefing documents and of focused presentations.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Climate and disaster risk management incorporated into investments in the Pacific

2. Capacity to integrate climate and disaster risk management in government planning processes strengthened

3. Access to climate change financing supported in selected countries

4. Pacific DMC's capacity to negotiate climate change agreements and financing strengthened

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

On target

On target

On target

On target

Achieved.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Target DMCs and investment projects will be proposed based on climate and disaster risk screening, and Pacific DMCs adaptation priorities.
Responsible ADB Officer O'Brien, Noelle
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PAEN
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 May 2015
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 18 Sep 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2018

TA 8961-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Sep 2015 - 18 Sep 2015 21 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2020 19 Mar 2021
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,950,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,950,000.00 17 Jun 2022 3,168,368.83

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Marine Conservation Specialist (Coral Reef Ecosystems) Solomon Islands Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2020
Marine Conservation Specialist (Coral Reef Ecosystems) Fiji Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jul 2020 12 Aug 2020
Senior Legal and Governance Specialist (Coastal and Marine Ecosystems) / Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020
Climate Change Scientist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Apr 2020 30 Apr 2020
Aquatic Ecologist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Feb 2020 26 Feb 2020
Honiara Catchment Management Study Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Feb 2020 25 Feb 2020
Climate Change Risk Assessment Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Oct 2019 31 Oct 2019
Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Jan 2019 11 Feb 2019
Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Jan 2019 11 Feb 2019
Disaster and Climate Risk Assessment Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Oct 2018 06 Nov 2018
Public Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Sep 2018 18 Oct 2018
Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience of Investments in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Apr 2017 01 May 2017

Contracts Awarded

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