52099-001: Supporting Environmental Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region | Asian Development Bank

Regional: Supporting Environmental Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52099-001 Status: Active

This technical assistance (TA) is to foster more effective infrastructure development in the Central West Asia developing member countries (DMCs) by improving their environmental safeguards performance.

Project Details

Project Officer
Lang, Duncan Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Supporting Environmental Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region
Project Number 52099-001
Country Regional
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9541-REG: Supporting Environmental Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Water-based natural resources management

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Public sector management / Public administration

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

This technical assistance (TA) is to foster more effective infrastructure development in the Central West Asia developing member countries (DMCs) by improving their environmental safeguards performance. This will be accomplished by: (i) engagement and deployment of international consultants and national consultants to strengthen processing and implementation of projects with respect to safeguards compliance; (ii) utilizing and building on knowledge products and relationships developed under TA 7548-REG and TA 8663-REG to further promote country ownership of sound and efficient safeguards practices in ADB-financed projects; (iii) timely identification of gaps between local practice and ADB policy and developing a strategy to effectively bridge these gaps, on a project by project basis; (iv) providing specialist technical input from international consultants during project preparation and/or implementation where gaps in assessment are identified or there is potential non-compliance; and (v) providing capacity building, primarily in the form of on-the-job training (OJT), to increase the understanding of governments of the application of environment and social safeguards.

This TA will aid DMCs in Central and West Asia in meeting their Sustainable Development Goals and the TA is on the priority list for CWRD for processing in 2018.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Environmental safeguard management during project processing and implementation is necessary to ensure that development projects are implemented in environmentally sustainable manner. ADB recognizes the critical role that its project executing agencies (EAs) and implementing agencies (IAs) play in successful environmental safeguard management during project implementation. To support them, ADB has been providing technical assistance to strengthen the environmental safeguard capacity of executing and implementing agencies for ADB projects in Central and West Asia through TA 7548 and TA 8663. These TAs focused primarily on assessment improvements obtainable under existing laws in CWRD countries such as solving administrative bottlenecks, improving coordination, and providing technical guidance. Physical achievements of these TAs include:

(i) Country Assessment (CA) reports were completed in 6 participating DMCs (ARM, AZE, GEO, KGZ, PAK and TAJ);

(ii) 38 training workshops have been held in the DMCs (AFG, ARM, AZE, GEO, KGZ, PAK and TAJ) and four sub-regional workshops were completed in KGZ, GEO and PAK (twice) on Good Practice of Environmental Safeguards Management and Monitoring of Environmental Safeguards Implementation;

(iii) Training Manual on effective environmental management (Environmental Safeguard Information Kit) was prepared and printed in English and Russian to help EAs/IAs to comply with requirements of SPS 2009 during project processing and in 2018 a Environmental Safeguards Monitoring Manual was provided to EAs/IAs;

(iv) Network of trainers and pool of third party auditors established to conduct on-the-job training and also to carry out audit of environmental management and monitoring reports for IA staff, their consultants and contractors;

(v) Significant assistance has been provided by the TA consultants to the project team and Borrower in addressing complaints elevated to the Accountability Mechanism through the Office of the Compliance Panel Review (OCRP) or Office of the Special Project Facilitator (OSPF); and

(vi) OJT has proved to be the most effective component of the original TA 7548 and so this component was then focused on for delivery of TA 8663. Both TAs assisted key stakeholders with improved project preparation and timely delivery of environment assessments in ARM, AZE, GEO, KGZ, PAK, TAJ and UZB. Since February 2016, support to project processing and project administration through OJT has been the primary focus of the TA 8663.

While TA 7548 and TA 8663 were successfully implemented, there is still further work to be done in improving project environmental standards in CWRD DMCs. During project processing, projects require better scoping of Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) to ensure impacts are addressed properly, and EAs/IAs must be better informed about international standards and the EIA process. This is of particular relevance given the increased scrutiny of safeguards across the Bank. During implementation, due to a continued changeover of staff within EAs/IAs, the requirement to continue support through training and workshops, is essential.

One particular issue highlighted in 2017 was the inability in ADB or the EAs/IAs to rapidly undertake technical studies either during processing or implementation where existing assessments were identified as insufficient, or completely lacking. This inability to quickly commission studies in CWRD caused considerable project delays and financing for such studies was a regular problem. To address this, the TA will have a technical studies facility whereby specialist studies can be commissioned at short notice enabling processing and implementation to continue, with minimal disruption.

Impact Effective infrastructure development compliant with ADB's SPS promoted in the Central West Asia
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Quality of safeguard documents and safeguard implementation improved in CWRD portfolio
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Quality and timeliness of EIAs and IEEs improved

2. Quality and timeliness of environmental Monitoring reports (EMRs) improved

3. Executing agency performance on environmental management showcased

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Armenia - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Lang, Duncan
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWOD-PSG
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Mar 2018
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2018 to 28 Feb 2018
MRM -
Approval 22 Jun 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Jun 2018

TA 9541-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018 31 Dec 2019 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 22 Jun 2018 0.00

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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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