50098-002: Northern Mountain Provinces Transport Connectivity Project | Asian Development Bank

Viet Nam: Northern Mountain Provinces Transport Connectivity Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50098-002 Status: Approved
 
Project Name Northern Mountain Provinces Transport Connectivity Project
Project Number 50098-002
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Northern Mountain Provinces Transport Connectivity Project
Government of Australia US$ 4.48 million
Loan 3762-VIE: Northern Mountain Provinces Transport Connectivity Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 188.36 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description to be updated
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy to be updated
Impact Economic, sociocultural and environmental development in lagging and border areas accelerated (Viet Nam National Transport Strategy 2020)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Road connectivity to GMS corridors in northwestern provinces of Viet Nam improved.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Safe and climate-resilient national highways in lagging provinces of northwestern Viet Nam completed

Awareness for road safety, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking created

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Quang Nam, Yen Bai
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

The project's safeguard categorization is A for environment. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) was prepared and uploaded to the ADB website in April 2018. Without mitigation measures, the project's environmental impacts have the potential to be significant. Three hectares of protection and/or protected forest are anticipated to be affected by the project, including one hectare of protected forest in the Hoang Lien Van Ban Nature Reserve (HLVBNR). This impact will be fully offset in compliance with the Vietnam Forestry Law (2018). The project design is consistent with the HLVBNR master plan (2012), and the impacts on HLVBNR and its protection objectives will not be significant. Suitable disposal sites will need to be identified for the disposal of significant amounts of spoil, which was estimated at 6.3 million cubic meters. Spoil disposal within the boundary of the HLVBNR will be strictly prohibited. Training will be provided to construction workers on the nature reserve's sensitivities.

Other anticipated construction environmental impacts include fugitive dust, construction noise, temporary traffic disturbance and occupational and community safety at construction sites. Adherence to the environmental management plan (EMP) will reduce residual impact significance to acceptable levels. Incremental effects of operational traffic on ambient noise and air quality are not expected to be significant. The capacity of the PMU2 to oversee the EMP implementation will be strengthened through the training provided by the environment specialist of the CSC and an external monitoring consultant during project implementation. Public consultation involving 1,100 potentially affected people and more than 50 representatives from relevant provincial and district authorities was carried out during EIA preparation to inform the project design and environmental assessment process. A grievance redress mechanism has been defined.

Involuntary Resettlement

The project's safeguard categorization is A for involuntary resettlement. A total of 776,897 square meters of private and public lands in Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Lai Chau provinces will be acquired affecting 957 households (4,370 people). 115 households (454 APs) will be severely affected, six households (28 APs) will experience physical displacement, 634 households (2,669 APs) will experience economic displacement due to loss of income from affected land or business. Three Resettlement Plans (RPs) compliant with ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) and Government of Vietnam requirements have been prepared to mitigate the impacts in consultation with the affected households. The RPs were disclosed on ADB website on 23 August 2018. Mitigation of involuntary resettlement impacts include: compensation at replacement cost for affected property, assistance for resettlement within existing communities, livelihood development program, ongoing meaningful consultations, including detailed needs assessment for livelihood

development. Details of the grievance redress mechanism (GRM) are included in RPs. Continuing capacity building for PMU2 and local authorities will be provided through project supervision consultants.

Indigenous Peoples

The project's safeguard categorization is B for indigenous peoples. Ethnic minority (EM) peoples are the overwhelming majority in the project areas (70% to 86% of the total population). Both positive and negative impacts are identified. The EM will be mainly affected by involuntary land acquisition and resettlement. Other identified risk includes HIV transmission, human trafficking, and other risks associated with road safety. Positive impacts include economic benefits from improved access for mobility and opportunity to participate in planned livelihood development program as detailed in project's resettlement plans (RPs). The project will not involve physical displacement of affected EM households outside their customary lands or development of the EM cultural and natural resources. Ethnic Minority Development Plans (EMDPs) in compliance with ADB SPS and other relevant documents (i.e. HIV and Human Trafficking Awareness Program, Road Safety Program, Consultation Participation and Communication Plan) were prepared to mitigate the identified impacts. 29 public consultations and 52 focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted with the

affected EM communities in project areas during the preparation of the plans. The EMDPs were uploaded and disclosed on ADB website on 31 August 2018.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design TBD
During Project Implementation TBD
Responsible ADB Officer Tawisook, Witoon
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport
80 Tran Hung Dao
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Nov 2016
Fact Finding 09 Aug 2018 to 17 Aug 2018
MRM 21 Sep 2018
Approval 11 Dec 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Dec 2018

Loan 3762-VIE

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 240.59 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 188.36 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 52.23 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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