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  • INDIA: Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project Fourth Implementation Review Mission: January 29 – February 22, 2013

    Aide Memoire

    A. Introduction, Objectives, Acknowledgements and Schedule

    1. The Fourth Implementation Review mission of this project was undertaken during January 29 – February 22, 2013. During the site visits and discussions, the World Bank team

    1 was joined by officials

    and staff of the SICOM (the national project management unit or NPMU) and the State Project

    Management Units from Gujarat, Odisha and West Bengal. This aide memoire also summarizes

    findings of the various technical discussions and field visits of the Bank task team during September

    2012 – January 2013.

    2. Objectives of the mission included: (a) reviewing the process of initiation and implementation of the Project activities, including the schedule of completing the activities originally proposed for FY11.

    FFY12 and FY13; (b) in light of the slow disbursement record of the past, agreeing on plans to further

    speed up procurement and disbursement in the Project; (c) assessing the status of actions agreed since

    the Third Implementation Support Mission (May-July 2012), and fulfillment of the covenants

    applicable to implementation of the Project, which include, inter alia, opearationalization of the national

    and state project management units, recruitment and staffing of the national and state project

    management units and the priority investment executing agencies (PEAs) including the planned staffing

    for managing procurement and financial management activities; (d) reviewing the operations of the

    financial management system, the procurement management system including dissemination of

    procurement related information, environmental and social impact management processes, grievance

    redress processes, and the roll-out of the communication strategy and plans; (e) renewing the discussion

    on the detailed monitoring and reporting system relevant to implementation of the social and

    environmental management plan for the project; and agree on final streamlined monitoring and

    reporting arrangements (in place of current high maintenance monitoring arrangements); (f) renewing

    the discussion to finalize arrangements for evaluation processes for the project; and (g) agreeing on the

    scope of the upcoming mid-term review.

    3. During the mission, discussions were held with the State Project Directors and the staff of the State Project Management Units (SPMUs), most of the Priority Investment Executing Agencies (PEAs)

    involved in implementation of the Project in Odisha, West Bengal and Gujarat. The mission had wrap-

    up meetings with the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (MoEF) on

    February 15, 2013; the Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Finance) and the

    Additional Chief Secretary (Environment), Government of Odisha on February 06, 2013; Additional

    Chief Secretary (Environment), Government of West Bengal on February 08, 2013; and the Additional

    Chief Secretary (Forests and Environment), Government of Gujarat on February 19, 2013. The mission

    1 The World Bank team consisted of A. Sita Ramakrishna (Environment Specialist and Co-TTL), K. Roy Paul (Coastal

    Zone Management, consultant), Parthapriya Ghosh (Social Development Specialist), Kalesh Kumar (Senior Procurement

    Specialist), Om Prakash (Procurement Expert, consultant), S. Krishnamurthy (Senior Financial Management Specialist),

    Sujaya kalainesan (Water Resources Specialist), Nidhi Batra (Urban Designer, consultant), Moushumi Chatterjee

    (Museologist, consultant), Dhruba Purakayastha (PPP Specialist, consultant), Roshni Sarah John (Program Assistant), and

    Tapas Paul (Senior Environmental Specialist and TTL).

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    debriefed the Joint Secretary, DEA on February 22, 2013. The list of officials and prominent

    stakeholders met during the mission is presented in Annex 1.

    B. Key Project Data

    Project Data Project Performance Ratings

    Board Approval June 15, 2010 Summary ratings Last Now

    Effectiveness Date September 22, 2010 Achievement of PDO S S

    Original Closing Date December 31, 2015 Implementation Progress MS MS

    MTR Date June 30, 2013 Financial Management MS MS

    Procurement MS S

    Original Credit Amount US$ 221.96 million Project Management S S

    Amount Disbursed US$ 33.25 million Counterpart Funding S S

    Monitoring and Evaluation MS MS

    C. Achievement of Development Objectives

    4. The Project Development Objectives are to assist GOI in (i) building national capacity for implementation of comprehensive coastal management approach in the country, and (ii) piloting the

    integrated coastal zone management approach in states of Gujarat, Odisha and West Bengal.

    5. Institutional Capacity: As reported in the Aide memoire of the Third Implementation Review Mission, the appropriate national institutional structure for guiding and coordinating implementation of ICZM

    approaches has been established including the national, state and district level coastal zone management

    authorities, the Society for Integrated Coastal management (SICOM), and the National Centre for

    Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM). For most part, these institutional structures are

    operational, but further strengthening is planned and awaited. Although the national and state coastal

    zone management authorities (NCZMA and SCZMAs) have been functioning as planned, it is not clear

    that all SCZMAs have built the requisite technical secretariat. The Government of Odisha has mandated

    the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Society of Odisha (which is the SPMU) to be the secretariat

    of the Odisha SCZMA, and similar progress is expected in Gujarat and West Bengal. Both these states

    have prepared proposals and are awaiting approval of the respective governments. Formation of the

    district level coastal zone management authorities (DCZMAs) is yet to cover all coastal districts, and

    building their capacities remains a challenge for the NCZMA and the MoEF. In Odisha, West Bengal

    and Gujarat, the SPMUs have started training program for district level officials; but such training and

    capacity building activities need to be further augmented and continued for the next two years. Until

    June 2012, effective operation of the NCSCM was hampered by the lack of progress of recruitment of

    staff (both administrative and technical staff). Since August 2012, the process of recruitment has

    gathered speed: a batch of 10 staff was selected by November 2012, and a second batch of about 45

    staff has been selected by January-February 2013. With this, it is expected that NCSCM will now be

    able to undertake the planned tasks effectively (while recruitment process for about 100 more staff

    positions will be initiated during this year).

    6. Improving Knowledge Base: In addition to the knowledge initiatives listed in the Aide Memoire of the Third Implementation Support Mission, there has been noticeable progress on the knowledge agenda.

    Since August 2012, several knowledge products have been produced, mostly at the state levels.

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    NCSCM has been able to disseminate to the public shoreline change (1972-2010) maps for the states of

    Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh after verification by the NCSCM and the state governments. Similar

    maps for Gujarat, Odisha, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry were publicly disseminated earlier.

    Shoreline change maps for West Bengal is being examined for its correctness as pointed out by the state

    government, while agreement of the maps is awaited from Karnataka. NCSCM will also seek comments

    and approval from Goa for its maps. Gujarat has prepared a significant number of new knowledge

    products: a status report on all the beaches, evaluation of sea turtle nesting sites, study of seaweed

    diversity, a collection of success stories in the project, baseline for health of seawater in the Gulf of

    Kachchh, a protocol for seawater monitoring, a detailed assessment of carbon sequestration by

    mangroves, and a detailed map of areas suitable in the state for mangrove plantation. In Odisha, the new

    knowledge products include the protocol for seawater monitoring, first draft of the ecosystem health

    report card for the Chilika lagoon, regional coastal process study for the 480km long coast of Odisha,

    and completed the first year assessment of benthic flora and fauna of Chilika lagoon and the first year

    study of migratory birds. In West Bengal, the new knowledge products include an assessment of the

    mangroves of the Sundarban, and genetic sequencing of more than 40,000 microbes influencing the

    coastal areas. The NCSCM has now prepared an advanced draft of the potential of offshore wind

    energy in India. All these knowledge products are available in public domain, such as at websites.

    Further progress has been achieved in relation to hazard mapping, where aerial photography i