51077-001: Greater Male Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project | Asian Development Bank

Maldives: Greater Male Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51077-001 Status: Active

The proposed project will establish an integrated solid waste management system in Greater Male including collection, transfer, treatment using advanced waste-to-energy (WTE) technology, disposal, recycling, dumpsite closure and remediation, public awareness in reduce-reuse-recycle (3R), and strengthen institutional capacities for service delivery and environmental monitoring.

Project Details

Project Officer
Di Mario, Luca South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Maldives
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Greater Male Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project
Project Number 51077-001
Country Maldives
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9327-MLD: Greater Male Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
TA 9327-MLD: Greater Male Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project (Supplementary)
High Level Technology Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed project will establish an integrated solid waste management system in Greater Male including collection, transfer, treatment using advanced waste-to-energy (WTE) technology, disposal, recycling, dumpsite closure and remediation, public awareness in reduce-reuse-recycle (3R), and strengthen institutional capacities for service delivery and environmental monitoring.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

As part of its national strategy to achieve efficient public spending on economic and social services, the Government of the Maldives targets 70% of its total population to reside in the Greater Male Region. The plan seeks to create spatial agglomeration to generate economic opportunities for faster growth and poverty reduction. Tourism accounts for 30% of gross domestic product and is expected to expand, particularly in the project area. To prepare for the increase in population, the government is embarking on major infrastructure projects including three mega transport and residential housing projects amounting to $1.5 billion. The near doubling of Male's population will significantly increase pressure on the already stressed solid waste management system. Considering the Maldives reputation as a pristine high-end tourist destination, environmental pollution from improper waste management poses significant threats to the tourism economy. Moreover, the 100% dependence on diesel power, the high cost of electricity generation, and the associated carbon emissions justifies consideration of alternative and renewable energy sources.

Solid waste management in the project area is therefore a top priority of the government. The government's 2015 Manifesto explicitly aims to improve waste management in the Male area. The 2015 National Policy for Solid Waste outlines key principles to improve environmental outcomes, and the Solid Waste Management Act (currently pending approval in Parliament) sets a legal and institutional framework for pollution control and solid waste management. The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) launched the Saafu Raajje (Clean Maldives) initiative in 2015, a national public awareness sanitation campaign. Recent measurements show 366 tons per day (tpd) of mixed solid waste is generated in the project area and this is expected to grow to around 460 tpd by 2021.

Greater Male severely lacks an organized and environmentally sustainable solid waste management system. Waste management is operated by the recently established (2015) Waste Management Corporation Limited (WAMCO), an entity with limited staffing, and technical and managerial experience. Mixed municipal solid waste in Male city is currently collected on an ad hoc basis from multiple sources at unscheduled times by an aging fleet of trucks resulting in garbage left uncollected on roadsides for extended periods. There is no separate collection of construction, demolition, and hazardous wastes, and WAMCO does not currently charge a fee for services. Approximately 20 tpd of waste from small islands and low-cost resorts are dumped on beaches or in the deep ocean, and backyard burning is common practice with limited public awareness of 3R approaches.

Collected waste is transported on barges to the artificially created, industrially zoned Thilafushi Island located 6 kilometers from Male. Thilafushi Island is an artificially reclaimed island created in the early 1990s from a combination of garbage and sand. It is zoned for industrial use. The 30-year old 10-hectare open dumpsite managed by WAMCO has no leachate control systems. Since 2008 the government deliberately set fires to reduce growing mounds of garbage resulting in plumes of smoke and severe air pollution hazards to on-site workers, Male residents, and surrounding tourists generating frequent complaints. On-site equipment and site logistics are not sufficient or optimal to efficiently manage the growing volumes of incoming waste. A scarcity of land on Thilafushi Island requires MEE to reclaim part of the adjacent lagoon (1.5 meters depth) next to the dumpsite for the proposed regional waste management facility. Proposed area is 15 hectares to accommodate future expansion.

The project will create a cleaner environment, contribute to reductions in the cost of electricity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve climate change resilience and disaster risk management.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Male
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Eleven individuals comprising 9 international consultants and 3 national consultants were engaged to undertake the technical assistance project. The consultants are mobilized to help ADB adequately address the following aspects relating to the ensuing grant project and undertake the following tasks, among others: (i) detailed grant executing agency and implementing agency capacity assessment, and suggested remedial action plan to build executing agency and implementing agency capacity to minimize procurement and financial management risks; (ii) proposed or indicative grant related procurement plan with suggested level of priority or, if applicable, post review based on executing agency and implementing agency capacity assessment; and (iii) indicative implementation schedule with proposed sequencing of consultant recruitment and procurement bidding and awarding.
Procurement To be determined
Responsible ADB Officer Di Mario, Luca
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
Ameenee Magu
Republic of the Maldives
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 06 Jun 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2018

TA 9327-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Jun 2017 12 Jun 2017 12 Jun 2017 30 Jun 2018 30 Jun 2021 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,600,000.00 06 Jun 2017 433,842.81

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Research and Market Study Consultant on the Reuse of Incinerator Bottom Ash and Construction and Demolition Waste Firm - Consulting Closed 19 Sep 2018 28 Sep 2018
Market Study Consultant on the Reuse of Incinerator Bottom Ash and Construction and Demolition Waste in the Maldives Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Jul 2018 11 Aug 2018
Exchange Program Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jul 2018 07 Aug 2018
Technology Transfer Expert in Solid Waste Management Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jul 2018 07 Aug 2018

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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