Regional : Promoting Action on Plastic Pollution from Source to Sea in Asia and the Pacific - Enhancing Knowledge and Creating Enabling Environments for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution (Subproject 1)
The knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) cluster will help developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) deliver their commitments to reduce marine plastic pollution from source to sea. This is subproject 1 defined under the TA cluster Enhancing Knowledge and Creating Enabling Environments for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution. It focuses on Southeast Asia, with participating countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Baker, James G.
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department
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|Project Name||Promoting Action on Plastic Pollution from Source to Sea in Asia and the Pacific - Enhancing Knowledge and Creating Enabling Environments for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution (Subproject 1)|
|Country / Economy||Regional
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
|Sector / Subsector||
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban solid waste management
|Gender||Some gender elements|
|Description||The knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) cluster will help developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) deliver their commitments to reduce marine plastic pollution from source to sea. This is subproject 1 defined under the TA cluster Enhancing Knowledge and Creating Enabling Environments for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution. It focuses on Southeast Asia, with participating countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
Marine plastic pollution reduced; Health of rivers, coasts and marine ecosystems restored.
|Description of Outcome||
DMC action to address marine plastic pollution enhanced.
|Progress Toward Outcome||The TA is currently confirming the focus areas and detailed scope of activities, processes and timeframes of implementation with the participating developing member countries (DMCs).|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Action plans and policies to address marine plastic pollution supported
Plastic pollution reduction investments supported.
Knowledge, regional cooperation and financing for marine plastic pollution solutions improved
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
On Output 1: Action plans and policies to address marine plastic pollution supported
(1.1) Consultations with the participating countries and cities (plus partners, communities, private sector) were conducted and identified focused activities for TA support for city action plans.
(1.2) Ongoing continuous consultations with national city governments and key partners of Indonesia (Cirebon City), Philippines (Manila City), Thailand and Viet Nam (Tan An City).
(1.3) Ongoing consultations with countries for policy and regulatory reform support, including on national policy and legislation for circular plastics economy and bioplastics in Thailand and the national action plan for circular economy in Viet Nam.
(1.4) Currently being implemented institutional strengthening program on environmental monitoring and assessment of future maritime disasters in Sri Lanka.
On Output 2: Plastic pollution reduction investments supported
(2.1) Nine investment projects plus TAs supported with specialist inputs on solid waste management, circular plastics economy and ocean finance, as follows: 53079-001 Guangxi-Guilin Comprehensive Ecological Rehabilitation (inputs to TOR for solid waste management component of project); 51116-002 PRC: Yangtze River Green Ecological Corridor Comprehensive Agriculture Development Project (technical inputs for GEF proposal); 51036-002 Pakistan: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project (peer review of solid waste management consultant deliverables); Regional Indorama Blue Loan for Circular Economy (preparation of loan document sector overview and inputs to design of DMF); Bank of Qingdao Blue Finance Project (inputs to blue bond framework and structure); Jiangxi Ecological Demonstration Program; Guangxi-Guilin Comprehensive Ecological Rehabilitation; Sustainable Tourism Development Project; plus TA 6617 PRC: Green Circular Economy Zero Waste Cities concept paper and Yangtze River Basin Eco Compensation Mechanism (inputs on concept paper).
(2.2) Specialist advice to Central West Asia, South and Southeast Asia departments on medical waste management
(2.3) Review CPSs/COBPs and relevant ADB country operations for alignment/collaboration
(2.4) Review of ADB pipeline to identify opportunities and outreach/consultations with operations departments
(2.5) Continue to provide specialist inputs for investment projects
Output 3: Knowledge, regional cooperation and financing for marine plastic pollution solutions improved
(3.1) GEF concept for Indonesia Plastik Sulit project ($7.1 million) approved
(3.2) Blue Finance Explainer for Development Asia published
(3.3) Indonesia Finance Task Force co-chaired by ADB and Ministry of Finance launched
(3.4) Myanmar Donor's Coordination Roundtable convened
(3.5) Oceans Finance Initiative Strategy developed
(3.6) Conducted Blue Finance Training: Designing and Financing Bankable Projects in Transitioning to a Blue Economy
(3.7) TA Consultation Plan and Partners Database developed and implemented
(3.8) TA Knowledge Management Action Plan developed
(3.9) Consultation with international NGOs and regional coordination bodies, and COBSEA identified as regional knowledge partner
(3.10) GEF CEO Endorsement Request for $2 million regional medium-sized project: Promoting Resource Efficiency and Circularity to Reduce Plastic Pollution for Asia and the Pacific approved
(3.11) First ADB Blue Bond Issuance of $302 million, under expanded Green and Blue Bond Framework
(3.12) ADB Ocean Finance Framework launched
(3.13) ADB training-Five-part Circular economy sprint series entitled Closing the Circle: Reducing Plastic Pollution and Promoting Green Businesses from September to November 2021
(3.14) ADB Healthy Oceans Technology and Finance Forum held Q1 2022
(3.15) Regional TA inception workshops held Q1 2022 and Q1 2023
(3.16) Supported development of an ADB MOU with Denmark State of Green which includes circular economy as a key theme, and planned knowledge sharing activities on plastics and the private sector
(3.17) Organized UN Ocean Conference 2022 side events Financing the Blue Economy in Asia and the Pacific, Atolls Blueprint Dialogue and Pacific Reception
(3.18) Participation in 19th PACER Dialogue: Transitioning from a linear to a circular economy in post pandemic Southeast Asia
(3.19) Oceans Partnership/Finance Facility development
(3.20) Conducted Thailand Bioplastics Stakeholder Engagement Workshop held April 2023 in Bangkok
(3.21) Support on Healthy Oceans Technology Innovation Challenges
(3.22) Knowledge sharing on priority themes for marine plastics pollution reduction and circular plastics economy
|Geographical Location||China - Nation-wide, China; Indonesia - Nation-wide, Indonesia, Indonesia; Myanmar - Nation-wide, Myanmar; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide, Thailand; Viet Nam - Nation-wide, Vietnam|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Focal government agencies of each country: Indonesia Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment; Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Viet Nam - Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Thailand - Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Myanmar - Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation|
|During Project Implementation||Continuous communication with the above agencies; multilateral development banks (e.g. European Investment Bank, World Bank); international and local non-profit organizations (e.g. World Wide Fund for Nature, Ocean Conservancy), bilateral donor partners (including Governments of Japan, Korea, Norway, the United States); multilateral development agencies and UN technical agencies (including United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development); and multi-stakeholder associations/platforms (e.g., GPAP, SIWI, AEPW and national waste or plastics associations in each country).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Baker, James G.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Climate Change, Resilience, and Environment Cluster (CCRE)|
Asian Development Bank
|Fact Finding||10 Oct 2019 to 10 Oct 2019|
|Approval||18 Dec 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Jun 2023|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|18 Dec 2019||-||18 Dec 2019||30 Nov 2022||30 Oct 2024||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,840,000.00||232,650.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,072,650.00||12 Oct 2023||1,592,733.33|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Promoting Action on Plastic Pollution from Source to Sea in Asia and the Pacific - Enhancing Knowledge and Creating Enabling Environments for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution (Subproject 1): Technical Assistance Subproject Report||TA Subproject Proposal||Dec 2019|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Healthy Oceans Implementation Plan 2022–2024||Policies, Strategies, and Plans||Dec 2022|
|Financing the Blue Economy: Investments in Sustainable Blue Small–Medium Enterprises and Projects in Asia and the Pacific||Reports||Jun 2022|
|ADB Blue Pacific Finance Hub: A Regional Approach||Brochures and Flyers||Apr 2022|
|Asian Development Bank Ocean Finance Framework||Brochures and Flyers||Mar 2022|
|ADB Blue Bonds||Brochures and Flyers||Sep 2021|
|Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific||Books||Nov 2020|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Research and Development Technical Assistance||Technical Assistance 9911||03 Oct 2022||The Regents of the University of California, San Diego (U.S.A.) | 9500 Gilman Drive, #0210 La Jolla, CA 92093-0210, United States||Asian Development Bank||199,996.00||—|
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