Samoa : Alaoa Multipurpose Dam Project

Sovereign Project | 52111-001

The proposed project outcome of enhanced resilience on climate change-related flooding and water security, and renewable energy penetration is expected to achieve by 2028 through the following outputs: (i) the multi-purpose dam in the upper area of the Vaisigano river built, (ii) non-physical investments [policies and regulations] to support Apia flood management identified and developed, and (iii) biodiversity offsetting plan implemented.

Project Details

Project Name Alaoa Multipurpose Dam Project
Project Number 52111-001
Country / Economy Samoa
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Alaoa Multipurpose Dam Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 99.70 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Land-based natural resources management - Rural flood protection

Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation - Renewable energy generation - small hydro

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed project outcome of enhanced resilience on climate change-related flooding and water security, and renewable energy penetration is expected to achieve by 2028 through the following outputs: (i) the multi-purpose dam in the upper area of the Vaisigano river built, (ii) non-physical investments [policies and regulations] to support Apia flood management identified and developed, and (iii) biodiversity offsetting plan implemented.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The primary objective of this proposed AMDP is to prevent flooding from the upstream areas of the eastern branch of the Vaisigano river. The secondary benefit of the dam will be seasonal water supply during dry periods and reduction in the noted turbidity issue during flood periods. The tertiary objective of the dam will be additional hydropower generation of about 0.26 MW, which will support government's target of 100% renewable energy for electricity generation by 2025.
Impact

Reduced the impact of climate change adaptation and dependency on imported fossil fuels for power generation.

Outcome

Resiliency on climate change-related flooding and water security, and renewable energy penetration increased.

Outputs

Construction of the multipurpose dam for (i) flood retention; and (ii) seasonal water supply

Construction of the run-of-river SHP

Strengthening of capacity for project management

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is categorized as 'A' for Environment. A full environment impact assessment report is currently being prepared and is expected to be publicly disclosed in March 2023.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is categorized as 'B' for Involuntary Resettlement. A Resettlement Plan report is currently being prepared and is expected to be publicly disclosed in March 2023.
Indigenous Peoples The project is categorized as 'C' for Indigenous Peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The ADB safeguards policy puts a strong emphasis on ensuring inclusive and meaningful consultations with all affected persons and other key stakeholders. Hence, as part of the ongoing project preparation for the Alaoa Multi-purpose Dam Project, the government with support from a Communication Specialist engaged by ADB, is implementing a Stakeholder Consultation and Communication Plan which requires consultations and engagement with affected persons such as those who could experience physical eviction and/or economic loss or livelihood impacts due to the project. The key areas for consultation include: project information and its likely involuntary resettlement impacts to gather affected persons' feedback/concerns and how this should be taken into account in the safeguards planning; (ii) solicit recommendations on how to effectively develop grievance redress mechanism appropriate to the Samoan culture and values; and (iii) disclosure of the draft safeguards plans to solicit feedback from the affected persons before finalizing the version for posting on ADB/government websites. To date, several public consultations among the affected persons, relevant communities and key stakeholders have already been undertaken and will continually be undertaken.
During Project Implementation Project consultation will be an ongoing process not only while we are completing the project preparation but especially during project implementation. ADB also requires consultations to be done in an atmosphere free of intimidation or coercion so affected persons are able to share their concerns and feedback without fear of retaliation. All the issues being raised from consultations are being assessed through the ongoing safeguards due diligence.
Responsible ADB Officer Lee, Woo Yul
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Energy Sector Office (SG-ENE)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 Oct 2018
Fact Finding 20 Feb 2023 to 03 Mar 2023
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 07 Oct 2022

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Title Document Type Document Date
Alaoa Multi-Purpose Dam Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jan 2019
Alaoa Multi-Purpose Dam Project: Concept Paper Concept Papers Oct 2018

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.

Title Document Type Document Date
Alaoa Multipurpose Dam Project: Updated Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments Dec 2023
Alaoa Multipurpose Dam Project: Updated Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans May 2023
Alaoa Multi-Purpose Dam Project: Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Feb 2020
Alaoa Multi-purpose Dam Project: Environmental Impact Assessment (Draft) Environmental Impact Assessments Feb 2020

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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