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    INDIA: Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project Sixth Implementation Review Mission: January 30 – February 20, 2014

    Aide Memoire

    A. Introduction, Objectives, Acknowledgements and Schedule

    1. The Sixth Implementation Review mission of this project was undertaken during January 30 – February 20, 2014. During the site visits and discussions, the World Bank team1 was joined by officials and staff of the SICOM (the national project management unit or NPMU) and the State Project Management Units from Gujarat and Odisha. This aide memoire also summarizes findings of the various technical discussions and field visits of the Bank task team during October – December 2013.

    2. Objectives of the mission included: (a) review the status of actions agreed during the mid-term review (MTR) mission of May-June 2013; (b) detailed review of the status of procurement in the light of actions agreed during the MTR mission, and to reach agreements on actions relating to pending procurements, if any; (c) review of disbursement progress since the MTR mission, to agree on clear estimates of expenditures, budget allocations and disbursement projections; and to agree on actions to further improve the disbursement in the project; (d) assessing the need for partial cancellation of credit amount, based on procurement and disbursement reviews (in the light of agreed actions relating to procurement during MTR mission), if necessary; (e) if partial cancellation is necessary, agreement on restructuring requirements (including any changes, if required, on the scope, design and components of the project), and initiation of restructuring process; (f) reviewing fulfillment of the covenants applicable to implementation of the Project, including legal covenants; and (g) reviewing the operation of financial management system, 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.

    3. During the mission, discussions were held with the National Project Director and the staff of SICOM, State Project Directors and the staff of the State Project Management Units (SPMUs) in Gujarat and Odisha, all the Priority Investment Executing Agencies (PEAs) involved in implementation of the Project in the National Components and in the Project States of Gujarat and Odisha. Based on a request from the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Ministry of Finance the mission cancelled the visit to West Bengal (which was planned at the start of the mission); but review of the progress of the West Bengal State Component was undertaken during the several meetings in New Delhi along with SICOM. The mission had wrap-up meetings with the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (MoEF) on February 19, 2014; the Additional Chief Secretary (Forests and Environment), Government of Gujarat on January 31, 2014; and the Principal Secretary (Environment), Government of Odisha on February 06, 2014. The mission debriefed the DEA on February 20, 2014. The list of officials and prominent stakeholders met during the mission is presented in Annex 1.

    1 The World Bank team consisted of A S Ramakrishna (Senior Environmental Specialist and Co-Task Team Leader), Parthapriya Ghosh (Senior Social Development Specialist), Thomas Kwasi Siaw Anang (Procurement Specialist), S. Krishnamurthy (Senior Financial Management Specialist), Om Prakash (Consultant, Procurement Specialist), Moushumi Chatterjee (Consultant, Museologist), Nidhi Batra (Consultant, Urban Designer), Genevieve Maria Dutta (Program Assistant ), and Tapas Paul (Senior Environmental Specialist and Task Team Leader).

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    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 MS MS

    Original Closing Date December 31, 2015 Implementation Progress MS MS

    MTR Date June 30, 2013 Financial Management MS MS

    Procurement S S

    Original Credit Amount US$ 221.96 million Project Management S MS

    Amount Disbursed US$ 49.10 million (+2.8 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: 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). As reported during the MTR, NCSCM is now functioning effectively, even if further expansion is proposed during 2014 (and it already has appropriate recognition as per the CRZ Notification 2011). MoEF has recently taken up the issue of permanence of the SICOM and the NCSCM (to receive internal government approval for sustaining these institutions after the close of the project, even if such sustenance was the intent at the start of the project) and a formal decision is expected within June 2014. Although the national and state coastal zone management authorities (NCZMA and SCZMAs) have been functioning as planned, there is a need that all SCZMAs should build the requisite technical secretariat. The MoEF has mandated SICOM for overall coordination of the coastal zone program in the country, but formal authorization of SICOM as the technical secretariat of the NCZMA is yet to be notified. Other than Odisha, there has not been any noticeable progress in Gujarat and West Bengal to mandate the SPMUs as the secretariat of the SCZMAs. Formation of the district level coastal zone management authorities (DCZMAs) is yet to cover all coastal districts, and building their capacities continues to remain a challenge for the NCZMA and the MoEF.

    6. Improving Knowledge Base: There has been noticeable progress on the knowledge agenda. All these knowledge products are available in public domain, such as at websites. Since the MTR, noticeable augmentation of the knowledge agenda includes the following:

    a. As part of the National Component, (i) supplementary measurement of astronomical tides is nearly complete for an additional 35 locations (14 locations are now proposed to be deleted of the intended 49 locations) by the Survey of India; and therefore the analysis of tidal data has been completed for all major, minor and supplementary ports in the mainland coast of India; (ii) an improved advanced draft of the potential of offshore wind energy in India, taking into consideration the daily, weekly and monthly variability; (iii) initiated an aassessment of coastal and marine ecosystem goods and services for the country; (iv) initiated an assessment of resource dependency and social capital among the coastal communities; (v) substantially progressed in the assessment of the ‘blue carbon’ sequestration in the coastal and marine ecosystems; (vi) initiated the establishment of ‘sentinel sites’ for coastal management; (vii) substantially progressed on the study on the impacts of seaweed cultivation on

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    coastal environment and on the development of models for seaweed cultivation outside marine protected areas; and (viii) has launched the national database and field identification toolkits for coastal and marine biodiversity resources, called ‘coastal and marine biodiversity integration network’ or ‘CoMBINe’ (http://166.78.150.138/).

    b. As part of the Gujarat State Component: (i) Bhaskaracharya Institute Space Application and Geo- Informatics has completed the coastal atlas – including atlas of mangroves, corals, saltpans, low tide line, high tide line; (ii) a GIS for coastal zone decision-making is nearing completion; (iii) finalized protocols for two models of coral transplantation; and (iv) analytical summary of sea water quality monitoring for 2011-13 has been completed.

    c. As part of the Odisha State Component: (i) two new novel species of bacteria (Streptomyces chilikensis and Streptomyces barkulensis) have been discovered; and (ii) a GIS describing macrophyte vegetation of the Chilika lagoon has been prepared.

    7. Policy and Regulation: Gujarat had undertaken a number of district level workshops, since the MTR, to explain in detail the intent and scope of the 2011 Coastal Zone regulation Notification. However, since August 2012, there continues to be no progress related to the two proposed regulations: the proposed River Zone Regulation for conservation of estuaries, and the proposed Fisher Persons' Rights Bill2. As noted in the aide memoires of the earlier implementation support missions and the MTR, these proposed policy instruments will take time to move to the next step of being placed for legislative approval, and formal legislation will be very difficult to achieve before the close of the project.

    8.