Regional : Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region

Sovereign Project | 57068-001

The TA will will improve the environmental safeguard performance of the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) developing member countries (DMCs) to foster effective infrastructure development in Central and West Asia by (i) developing a region-wide strategy and plan for sustainable environmental safeguard capacity strengthening, and (ii) providing targeted training and sector- and/or project-specific consulting services in Central and West Asia.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Pajarillaga, Ninette R.
    Office of Safeguards
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region
Project Number 57068-001
Country / Economy Regional
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 10110-REG: Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
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 Some gender elements
Description

The TA will will improve the environmental safeguard performance of the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) developing member countries (DMCs) to foster effective infrastructure development in Central and West Asia by (i) developing a region-wide strategy and plan for sustainable environmental safeguard capacity strengthening, and (ii) providing targeted training and sector- and/or project-specific consulting services in Central and West Asia. The TA will (i) support executing and implementing agencies to meet the environmental safeguard requirements of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) (2009) and its updates; (ii) deploy international and national consultants to provide technical expertise to executing and implementing agencies and achieve high project readiness in safeguards and strengthen safeguards implementation; (iii) utilize and build on knowledge products and relationships developed under ADB's TA projects to address limited familiarity of executing and implementing agencies with international standards and practices; (iv) identify gaps in a timely manner between local practice and ADB safeguard policies, and develop a strategy to effectively bridge these gaps; and (v) support the use of multimedia knowledge products, information and communication technology (ICT), and other innovative tools to achieve the outcome.

The TA is aligned with ADB's country partnership strategies for the Central and West Asia DMCs and with ADB's Strategy 2030 operational priorities (OPs) 2, 3, and 6. It will also contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, and 16.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Gaps remain in environmental safeguards implementation. Weak capacity of government agencies, inadequate legal frameworks, lack of coordination, weak enforcement of regulations, limited availability of local experts, and the need for experienced consultants on environmental thematic areas are the key constraints on safeguards implementation in CWRD DMCs. There are still gaps in country safeguards systems, compounded by shortages of comprehensive guidance products and implementing regulations, despite past positive efforts in this area. ADB's TA for Supporting Environmental Safeguards in the Central and West Asia Region supported DMCs in solving administrative bottlenecks; improving coordination; providing technical guidance and capacity building; and problem-solving during project preparation and implementation. However, the TA still highlighted gaps such as the inability of ADB or the executing and implementing agencies to rapidly undertake technical studies during project preparation and implementation.

The differing demands of development partners relating to safeguards further complicates implementation in CWRD DMCs. With the ongoing review and update of ADB's SPS, there is demand from executing and implementing agencies to continue the deployment of consultants to strengthen their capacities on the SPS, as well as to assist in problem-solving during project preparation and implementation. ADB's TA for Strengthening Safeguards Implementation in ADB Projects, which is being implemented by the Safeguards Division of ADB's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, highlighted in the TA report that more attention needs to be given to (i) quality and focus of safeguards documentation, project readiness for safeguards implementation, and monitoring and supervision; and (ii) better consideration of health and safety risks and grievance redress.

Innovative practices can be used to strengthen capacity for safeguards implementation. Previous ADB TA projects identified several innovative practices being used in DMCs to strengthen the capacity for safeguards implementation at project and country levels. These practices may be transferred within and between DMCs. ICT and other innovative tools for project preparation and monitoring will be utilized to strengthen the capacity of DMCs.

Impact

Effective infrastructure development in Central and West Asia compliant with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and its updates promoted.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Sustainable approach to environmental safeguards strengthening CWRD DMCs is developed and implemented

Progress Toward Outcome Commenced activities for (i) review of EIA, IEE, EMR, SAEMR, EDDR, EMP, and SSEMP; and (ii) capacity development for PMUs/PIUs, such as trainings and workshops on topics including SAEMR/EMR/IEE/EMP/SSEMP requirements and preparation, screening and categorization, scoping, occupational health and safety, environmental issues tracking register preparation, post-construction environmental audit, and ADB SPS (2009).
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Quality and timeliness of environmental safeguard documents improved

Region-wide safeguards capacity development strategy and plan prepared, and capacity development activities implemented

Project management and supervision capacity of executing and implementing agencies using advanced technology applications showcased and strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1: (i) A pool of 13 international consultants through a framework agreement with technical expertise on health and safety, noise, air quality, vibration, cultural heritage, biodiversity, water quality, septage and wastewater management, solid waste management had been engaged; (ii) A safeguard coaching program and on-the-job training program for EAs/IAs had been implemented; (iii) Trainings on implementation and monitoring of environmental safeguards and on preparation of environmental monitoring reports had been undertaken; and (iv) Country assessments on occupational health and safety is ongoing.

Output 2: (i) A pool of 5 international safeguard institutional consultants through a framework agreement had been engaged to prepare the strategy and plan for CWRD DMCs; (ii) The success of monitoring done under TA 9541-REG had been evaluated, and a training plan for each DMC and for the CW region had been developed; and (iii) Identifying key knowledge gaps through country assessments and feedback forms during trainings is ongoing.

Output 3: (i) A pool of 7 international environmental consultants through a framework agreement had been engaged. Nine (9) individual national environmental consultants had been engaged for the conduct of TA activities, particularly in addressing environmental safeguards issues; (ii) A capacity-building tracking system has been introduced to monitor the progress of documents reviewed, missions joined, and capacity-building activities; and (iii) As of 5 March 2024, administration of the TA was transferred from CWRD-CWOC to OSFG. The database under OSFG SharePoint is updated regularly.

Geographical Location 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
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The unit will select, supervise, and evaluate consultants through framework agreements for international consultants and individual consultant selection for national consultants, in accordance with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated staff instructions.

ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy and its associated staff instructions. Individual consultants will be recruited to support the design, implementation, and monitoring of the TA using the framework agreement with empaneled consultants to be engaged as needed for the duration of the agreement to provide international expertise, while national expertise will be recruited using the individual consultant selection method.

Field activities will be carried out using a mix of international and national consultants to be selected based on criteria, including (i) existing country portfolios, (ii) the upcoming country project pipeline, and (iii) availability of qualified consultants with relevant in-country experience. The consultants will be based in resident missions, and national consultants may be required to operate in more than one DMC as needed.

Procurement Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Pajarillaga, Ninette R.
Responsible ADB Department Office of Safeguards
Responsible ADB Division Office of Safeguards
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Apr 2023
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 09 Jun 2023
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Apr 2024

TA 10110-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Jun 2023 - 09 Jun 2023 30 Jun 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 10 Apr 2024 154,267.24

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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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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region (Uzbekistan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Information Technology and Communications Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Pakistan 2) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Azerbaijan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Armenia) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Turkmenistan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Azerbaijan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Kyrgyz Republic) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - RETA Coordination Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Pakistan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Uzbekistan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Georgia) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Kazakhstan) Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Knowledge Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Sustainable Safeguard Policy Applications in the Central and West Asia Region - Environment Specialist (Tajikistan) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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