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Armenia: Supporting the Establishment of National Standardized Spatial Data Infrastructure

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54388-001 Status: Active

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will help Armenia establish its National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) through research and development and capacity building. The TA will develop foundational national geospatial data standards and a national integrated multifunctional geoportal to empower effective land management in Armenia, thus enabling economic activities while also enhancing its e-government capacity, as per goals in the Programme of the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

Project Details

Project Officer
Ancora, Maria Pia Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Armenia
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Supporting the Establishment of National Standardized Spatial Data Infrastructure
Project Number 54388-001
Country Armenia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6724-ARM: Supporting the Establishment of National Standardized Spatial Data Infrastructure
High Level Technology Fund US$ 800,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
High Level Technology Fund US$ 800,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will help Armenia establish its National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) through research and development and capacity building. The TA will develop foundational national geospatial data standards and a national integrated multifunctional geoportal to empower effective land management in Armenia, thus enabling economic activities while also enhancing its e-government capacity, as per goals in the Programme of the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

The TA is aligned with the following impact: effective land management empowered. The TA will have the following outcome: e-governance systems established for land-use planning and management and public services delivery. It will have the following outputs: (i) national geospatial data standards developed; (ii) national geoportal for spatial data management developed; and (iii) standardized custom cartographic layers developed and migrated into the geoportal for one administrative division of Armenia government capacity strengthened.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Armenia is a landlocked country with an area of about 30,000 square kilometers in the South Caucasus. In mid-2018, ADB classified Armenia as Group C country. In 2020, Armenia had a population of about 3 million and gross domestic product per capita of $4,269.

Despite its relatively small size and its upper middle income country status, Armenia lacks a unified or digitized system that collects and maintains spatial data information of its territory and interlinks with sectoral cadastres. Armenia's land parcels and other thematic maps are encoded in various standards and require harmonization. Armenia needs to establish an entire national spatial data management system, including the foundational technical guidelines for encoding spatial data, with NSDI standards to encapsulate geospatial data development, production, management, access, sharing, visualization, and analysis.

The Cadastre Committee is the official body, directly under the central government, tasked with (i) developing and implementing real estate market policy (including taxes); (ii) the state registration of property rights in order to recognize and guarantee rights and encumbrances to the property; and (iii) establishing an information system on property, providing information, and managing and supervising the system's activity. The Cadastre Committee comprises a head office in Yerevan and a network of 40 service offices in different communities of Armenia. In coordination with the Urban Development Committee, the Cadastre Committee is mandated by law to elaborate land policy and principles of land resources management. This mandate is particularly important for planning any strategic investment in territorial development and urban infrastructure provision, and clearly needs to rely on updated and integrated digital maps.

The TA, requested by the government through its Cadastre Committee, is in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) country operation business plan for Armenia, 2021-2023. The TA is consistent with ADB's country partnership strategy for Armenia, 2019-2023 and will enable efforts to foster diversified growth and widen inclusiveness through three pillars: priority infrastructure investments, targeted service delivery improvements, and greater regional cooperation and integration. The TA aligns with Sustainable Development Goals 11 (make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable) and 13 (strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and disasters triggered by natural hazards). The project will support five out of seven of ADB Strategy 2030's operational priorities: (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, (ii) accelerating progress in gender equality, (iii) tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability, (iv) strengthening governance and institutional capacity, and (v) making cities more livable.

Impact Effective land management empowered
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome E-governance systems established for land-use planning and management and public services delivery
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

National geospatial data standards developed

National geoportal for spatial data management developed and government capacity strengthened

Standardized custom cartographic layers developed and migrated into the geoportal for one administrative division of Armenia

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location 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
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

An international consulting firm will be recruited through the quality-based selection method, following submission of a full technical proposal. The team will be comprised of three international consultants with 32 person-months of inputs and three national consultants with a total of 20 person-months of inputs. The consulting firm will also be responsible for carrying out external publications, surveys, training, seminars, and conferences as indicated in the cost estimates and financing plan of the TA report in appendix 2.

The team will be composed of (i) a Geospatial Data Standards Expert/Team Leader, (ii) Spatial Data Management Systems Expert, and (iii) System Analyst and Database Design Expert.

The national consultant positions will mirror those of the international consultants and will facilitate the dialogue between the international consultants' team and the local stakeholders of the project working closely with the Committee and the international consultancy team. The national consultants must have relevant at least 4 years of experience in each of the areas of expertise of the international consultants they will support and will be instrumental in localizing the solutions developed. A working knowledge of English is required.

Responsible ADB Officer Ancora, Maria Pia
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Armenia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
The Cadastre Committee of the Republic of Armenia
Arshakunyats 7, Yerevan, 0023
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Oct 2020
Fact Finding 28 Oct 2020 to 28 Oct 2020
MRM -
Approval 22 Mar 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Mar 2021

TA 6724-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Mar 2021 07 Apr 2021 07 Apr 2021 30 Sep 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,600,000.00 22 Mar 2021 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Consulting firm for the first Output of the TA - Supporting the Establishment of National Standardized Spatial Data Infrastructure Firm - Consulting Closed 22 May 2021 12 Jun 2021

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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