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PROJECT TITLE: WB Project - RRDP/QCBS -2: Regional Road Development Project (RRDP) - Preparation of Environmental and Social Safeguard Documents for Andijan, Namangan and Fergana regions

CLIENT: Republican Road Fund / World Bank

PERIOD: 2016

PROJECT AIM

The Government of Uzbekistan intended to receive a loan from the World Bank in connection with Regional Roads Development Project. In addition, and in order to help Republican Road Fund (the Recipient) to prepare the project, the World Bank has prepared an ECAPDEV Grant to further detail the economics, technical, ecological and social documentation necessary to a successful preparation of the project.

The Recipient intends to use part of the ECAPDEV Grant to finance consulting services for preparation of mandatory documents related to environmental and social safeguards policies of the World Bank. Al Mar Consulting was expected to carry out a detailed assessment of social and environmental aspects of the project, preparing and coordinating with the World Bank final project documentation on safeguards in order to minimize negative impact and design mitigation measures on local population, environment of the project area, and on physical cultural resources.


DESCRIPTION OF ACTUAL SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT

Al Mar Consulting prepared Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) in accordance with OP 4.12. The purpose of the policy framework was to clarify resettlement principles, organizational arrangements, and design criteria to be applied to subprojects to be prepared during project implementation.

The resettlement policy framework covers the following elements, consistent with the provisions described in OP 4.12:
  • brief description of the project and components for which land acquisition and resettlement are required, and an explanation of why a resettlement plan or an abbreviated plan cannot be prepared by project appraisal;
  • principles and objectives governing resettlement preparation and implementation;
  • description of the process for preparing and approving resettlement plans;
  • estimated population displacement and likely categories of displaced persons, to the extent feasible;
  • eligibility criteria for defining various categories of displaced persons;
  • legal framework reviewing the fit between borrower laws and regulations and Bank policy requirements and measures proposed to bridge any gaps between them;
  • methods of valuing affected assets;
  • organizational procedures for delivery of entitlements, including, for projects involving private sector intermediaries, the responsibilities of the financial intermediary, the government, and the private developer;
  • description of the implementation process, linking resettlement implementation to civil works;
  • description of grievance redress mechanisms;
  • description of the arrangements for funding resettlement, including the preparation and review of cost estimates, the flow of funds, and contingency arrangements;
  • description of mechanisms for consultations with, and participation of, displaced persons in planning, implementation, and monitoring;
  • arrangements for monitoring by the implementing agency and, if required, by independent monitors.

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