Armenia : Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Fostering Sustainable Economy for Lake Sevan

Sovereign Project | 56031-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will (i) improve the Government of Armenia's capacity for climate resilient and low-carbon development planning with a participatory approach involving the private sector and civil society; and (ii) identify strategic financial solutions for sustainable environmental infrastructure to develop Lake Sevan's economic potential while protecting its ecosystem from climate and environmental stresses.

Through high-level coordination meetings, facilitated by international experts, and dedicated focused sessions involving government agencies, the private sector, community representatives, and environment nongovernment organizations, the TA will raise awareness of and capacity to address climate threats and low-carbon and adaptation opportunities that can shape the Lake Sevan basin's sustainable development. Ultimately, it will contribute to economic growth by promoting green jobs in tourism, especially for women, and build women's resilience.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Nakamitsu, Kiyoshi
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Armenia
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name
Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Fostering Sustainable Economy for Lake Sevan
Project Number
56031-001
Country / Economy
  • Armenia
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10148-ARM: Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Fostering Sustainable Economy for Lake Sevan
Source Amount
Strategic Climate Fund US$ 430,000.00
TA 10148-ARM: Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Fostering Sustainable Economy for Lake Sevan
Source Amount
Strategic Climate Fund US$ 70,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP4: Making cities more livable
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Water-based natural resources management

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

Gender
Some gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will (i) improve the Government of Armenia's capacity for climate resilient and low-carbon development planning with a participatory approach involving the private sector and civil society; and (ii) identify strategic financial solutions for sustainable environmental infrastructure to develop Lake Sevan's economic potential while protecting its ecosystem from climate and environmental stresses.

Through high-level coordination meetings, facilitated by international experts, and dedicated focused sessions involving government agencies, the private sector, community representatives, and environment nongovernment organizations, the TA will raise awareness of and capacity to address climate threats and low-carbon and adaptation opportunities that can shape the Lake Sevan basin's sustainable development. Ultimately, it will contribute to economic growth by promoting green jobs in tourism, especially for women, and build women's resilience.

The TA is aligned with the following impact: climate resilient and low-carbon economic development of Lake Sevan basin fostered. The TA will have the following outcome: environmentally sustainable infrastructure and climate resilience planning in Lake Sevan basin strengthened.

The TA will have the following outputs:

Output 1: Institutional knowledge on climate adaptive economic development enhanced. Through a series of consultation sessions, workshops, roundtables, and visioning exercises under the output, the TA will provide capacity building on climate adaptive planning and strategic spatial planning for the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures, the Water Committee, the Urban Development Committee, and local stakeholders. The capacity building exercises will be used to draw recommendations on (i) policy reforms needed to improve the institutional setup required to deliver sustainable and climate adaptive development plans, (ii) customized sustainable tourism practices, (iii) spatial and zoning plans for recreational areas that apply the principles of climate-adaptive economic development (including eco-tourism); and (iv) criteria for development to safeguard and valorize the natural capital potential of the lake and its surrounding national park (including road map guidelines for harmonizing the general exterior decoration of buildings in the recreational zone with the natural surroundings to maintain the area's aesthetic appeal). The capacity building program will include the use of geographic information systems to assess adaptation needs and scenarios, especially relating to climate-induced drought and flood risk management, the synergies between different activities and land uses, and the use of nature-based solutions. Under this output, the consultants engaged will conduct analysis and research to identify gaps in the current climate modeling capacity for Lake Sevan, building on similar initiatives by development partners, ongoing as of July 2023. The key output of this analysis will be terms of reference for strengthening the climate modeling capacity of the government (including governance structures, funding mechanisms, and possible sources).

Output 2: Solutions fostering environmental sustainability and disaster resilience promoted. This output will identify a portfolio of strategic environmental infrastructure investments to comply with the requirements of the Procedure for Identifying, Developing, and Evaluating Public Investment Programmes (and other investments based on Output 1 findings) which can be economically and financially viable, including, where appropriate, through payment for ecosystems services. Resilience-building investments to be identified will include (i) the institutional and financing solutions (regulatory, policy, and other enabling frameworks, including, crucially, tariffs) that will ensure the sustainability of the hard infrastructure investments (decentralized sanitation and wastewater in particular); and (ii) climate change adaptation and mitigation features.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Maintaining and improving the water quantity and quality of Lake Sevan is a government priority in the country's national program, 2021-2026. According to this program, the government policy on water economy is aimed at providing reliable, sustainable, safe, and affordable services for supplying drinking and irrigation water and treating wastewater, as well as advancing sector reforms that are being implemented as of July 2023. As part of the water conservation initiatives, the national program lists the need to ensure adequate treatment of wastewater discharged from three wastewater treatment plants operating in the Lake Sevan basin and to provide sanitation facilities to safely dispose of wastewater generated by economic entities (restaurants, resorts, and agriculture enterprises) operating in the area.
Impact

Climate resilient and low-carbon development of Lake Sevan basin fostered

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Environmentally sustainable infrastructure and climate resilience planning in Lake Sevan basin strengthened

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Institutional knowledge on climate adaptive economic development enhanced

Solutions fostering environmental sustainability and disaster resilience promoted

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide, Lake Sevan

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

About 11 person-months of an international consulting firm, 7 person-months of international consultants, and 7 person-months of national consultants will be required.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Nakamitsu, Kiyoshi
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment

Timetable

Concept Clearance
29 Nov 2022
Fact Finding
03 Apr 2023 to 03 Apr 2023
MRM
-
Approval
08 Sep 2023
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
15 Sep 2023

Funding

TA 10148-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Sep 2023 14 Oct 2023 14 Oct 2023 31 Dec 2024 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
29 Apr 2024 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Solutions fostering environmental sustainability and disaster resilience of Lake Sevan Firm - Consulting Closed
Environmental investment specialist / Financial management specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environmental Engineer (resource person) Individual - Consulting Closed
Water and Wastewater Expert (Coordinator) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sevan National Park Firm - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 10148 03 Apr 2024 ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting LLC (ARMENIA) | 26/1 Vazgen Sargsyan St., Yerevan, Armenia Ministry of Environment 180,280.00

Procurement Plan

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