INTEGRATED SAFEGUARDS DATA SHEET CONCEPT STAGE Report No.: AC4706 Date ISDS Prepared/Updated: 11/30/2009 I. BASIC INFORMATION A. Basic Project Data Country: Brazil Project ID: P118410 Project Name: Mato Grosso do Sul State Road Transport Project Task Team Leader: Eric R. Lancelot Estimated Appraisal Date: December 7, Estimated Board Date: May 27, 2010 2009 Managing Unit: LCSTR Lending Instrument: Specific Investment Loan Sector: Roads and highways (100%) Theme: Regional integration (100%) IBRD Amount (US$m.): 300.00 IDA Amount (US$m.): 0.00 GEF Amount (US$m.): 0.00 PCF Amount (US$m.): 0.00 Other financing amounts by source: Borrower 75.00 75.00 B. Project Objectives [from section 2 of PCN] The project development objective is to improve the efficiency of the state road network, including reduction of vehicle operating costs, freight transport losses, and travel times, as well as improved access to markets and services, notably in areas with economic potential. The objective will be achieved through: (i) support to Government in improving efficiency in the design and implementation of its state road rehabilitation and surfacing program; (ii) financing of eligible works under the State road investment program; and (iii) institutional development support to improve Government capacity in identifying, executing and monitoring civil works, at the administrative, engineering and social and environmental levels. C. Project Description [from section 3 of PCN] Civil works component (US$285 million): this component will provide financing to eligible civil works contracts under the Government road investment program. Civil works to be executed under the program mainly include: # for road rehabilitation works (on existing paved roads): (i) rehabilitation of existing road base and surface, as well as of bridges; (ii) rehabilitation and/or surfacing of shoulders to protect the shoulders# surface from erosion and improve the driving conditions; and (iii) upgrading of drainage systems, signalization, and dangerous crossroads and accesses; and # for road surfacing works (on existing dirt roads): (i) localized earthworks, strengthening of base course and surfacing, generally using surface treatment or asphalt mix in the case of heavier traffic; (ii) bridge strengthening and/or widening as necessary; (iii) drainage; and (iv) road safety improvements, including, localized curve realignments, and critical spots elimination. This project component is expected to cover eligible expenditures generated under the Government road investment program, including up to 1,300 km of road rehabilitation works and up to 500 km of road surfacing works. Eligibility criteria include: (i) civil works with an internal rate of return (IRR) greater than 10%, (ii) civil works contracts tendered in accordance with procedures acceptable to the Bank, (iii) environmental and social impacts identified and managed in accordance with procedures agreed upon with the Bank; and (iv) engineering designs and works carried out following technical solutions and works specifications agreed with the Bank. Engineering designs, technical and environmental supervision of civil works will be financed by the Government, on the basis of Terms of Reference agreed upon with the Bank. Technical assistance component (US$15 million): this component will support improvements in public sector capacity to plan, finance and execute road investment programs. This component is expected to benefit: (i) the state Secretariat of Finance, to develop tools to monitor efficiency of expenditures under investment programs; (ii) the state Secretariat of Public Works and Transport (SEOP), to consolidate its capacity to plan and prioritize road investments, taking into account the overall state development priorities; (iii) the state Environmental Institute (Instituto de Meio Ambiente do Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul, IMASUL), to strengthen its capacity in licensing and monitoring of civil works and to implement its land use planning; and (iv) the state Public Works Agency (AGESUL), to increase efficiency in preparation of engineering designs, contract procurement and management, civil works execution and supervision, and develop a road safety plan. D. Project location (if known) As mentioned above, the Project would support the surfacing of up to 500 km (on already existing dirt roads) and the rehabilitation of up to 1300 km of selected state paved roads in the northeast and center-southern regions of the state. While the center and southern regions are the state#s most developed areas with most of the land area devoted to cattle ranching and agriculture, the northeast is almost exclusively devoted to cattle ranching and considered the state#s high potential area for agricultural development, with no major socio-environmental challenges and positive regional impacts on jobs and income. Works for both surfacing and rehabilitation would take place in roads# rights-of-way (ROW) and in the sites associated with road projects. The ROW consists of the paved strip and the entire area reserved for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the roadside. The sites associated with road projects include deposits, borrow sites, material treatment areas, quarries, access roads, and facilities provided for project workers. As such, it is not expected that the implementation of civil works would require involuntary resettlements. However, small land acquisitions might be necessary in order to proceed with localized road realignment, elimination of accident-prone points, and widening of bridges. The location of the state road sections likely to be included under the Project is known, and the Borrower is presently undertaking an evaluation of the socio-environmental impacts that the works could have on such roads. Based on a sample of roads evaluated during the last Bank mission (September 2009) and on a preliminary screening, it is unlikely that works to be financed under the Project would have negative direct impacts on existing environmentally protected areas, areas with indigenous population or with the Pantanal floodplain. This information will be further assessed during project preparation through a detailed screening of road sections using Geographical Information Systems. E. Borrower’s Institutional Capacity for Safeguard Policies [from PCN] The projects# direct impacts, for road rehabilitation and surfacing, are localized and reversible. Additionally, appropriate mitigation measures exist and are easy to implement. The Borrower#s institutional capacity for safeguard policy implementation is considered moderate and will require support from the Bank and consultants to ensure an optimal level of control over the implementation of environmental mitigation measures as well as for social safeguard policies triggered by the Project. To strengthen environmental management capability in the agencies responsible for implementation of safeguard policies (AGESUL and IMASUL), the project will support: (a) technical assistance programs, (b) procurement of equipment and supplies, and (c) organizational changes. The implementation of social and environmental safeguard requirements will be monitored with the assistance of specific environmental monitoring contractors under the supervision of both AGESUL (state public works agency) and IMASUL (state environmental institute). The environmental supervision will ensure that works# contractors comply with: i) environmental norms and regulations; ii) works environmental licenses requirements and; iii) associated environmental management plans (EMP), which are part of the works# contracts. The EMPs will provide specific descriptions of the mitigation and monitoring measures, schedules and responsibilities. The project#s EA (Sector Environmental Assessment) will identify the likely impacts of the project activities, examine the institutional framework for implementing mitigation measures, and propose institutional strengthening measures (if necessary). The least developed areas of the state may experience land use intensification and/or displacement of low rent activities (eg. cattle ranching) if the Project objectives are realized. To minimize possible negative outcomes from land use changes, the Project will support under its technical assistance component, in line with the state#s land use zoning (State Ecological and Economic Zoning-ZEE), measures to foster the development of a coherent framework of public policies and policy instruments for promoting the sustainable use of the state#s natural endowment. To ensure appropriate management of social and environmental issues in accordance with Bank policies and guidelines, the project team will (i) closely follow the progress of incorporating environmental and social aspects into the subproject design phase, and (ii) monitor the implementation of respective safeguard frameworks, clauses and execution of environmental management measures during the implementation of civil works contracts. Monitoring will be undertaken through regular reporting and field visits. F. Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialists Mr Flavio Chaves (LCSTR) Ms Maria Jose Vilas Boas Per Weiss (LCSSO) II. SAFEGUARD POLICIES THAT MIGHT APPLY Safeguard Policies Triggered Yes No TBD Environmental Assessment (OP/BP 4.01) X Given the preliminary stages of planning, the team has agreed to meet with SAT around the time of the QER to confirm the environmental rating. The direct environmental impacts resulting from rehabilitation (on existing paved road) and surfacing (on existing dirt roads) works are expected to be minor, and mostly related to civil works# execution. Surfacing component: specific environmental assessment and environmental management plans will be prepared by the Borrower, and reviewed by the Bank. Their implementation will be monitored by specific environmental supervision contractors and Bank#s team field visits. Rehabilitation component: environmental management frameworks establishing specific environmental programs will be prepared by the Borrower, and reviewed by the Bank. Their implementation will be monitored by specific environmental supervision contractors and Bank#s team field visits. The project can have indirect impacts on land use change, to be mitigated through the implementation of land use policies (e.g. zoning). The project#s EA will examine the institutional framework for implementing mitigation measures for works and land use planning and will propose institutional strengthening measures if necessary. Natural Habitats (OP/BP 4.04) X The works for both rehabilitation and surfacing may marginally interfere with riparian vegetation rivers crossings, which is protected under Brazil#s Forest Code and considered as permanent protection areas (APP #Areas de Proteção Permanente). Any interventions which may impact, for example small vegetation clearings to allow for bridge widening, are subject to specific environmental licenses. Mitigation measures for these impacts are well known and foreseen in project designs and environmental licenses. These impacts will be monitored by the works environmental supervision and the state#s environmental agency (IMASUL). Forests (OP/BP 4.36) X Pest Management (OP 4.09) X Physical Cultural Resources (OP/BP 4.11) X It is not expected that project implementation will have any negative impacts on physical cultural resources, as the project civil works will be normally located within the existing right-of- ways of road sections. However, "chance findings" during surfacing works are possible, and to handle such findings, Brazil has a well-developed legislative and normative framework, which is under the oversight of the National Institute for Protection of Historical and Archeological Sites (IPHAN). These procedures will be described in the assessment mentioned above. Indigenous Peoples (OP/BP 4.10) X Although the project is not likely to trigger issues related to indigenous peoples, AGESUL will prepare an Indigenous Peoples framework compliant with the requisites of OD 4.10. Involuntary Resettlement (OP/BP 4.12) X It is not expected that involuntary resettlement will occur as a result of project implementation. However, few localized land acquisitions might become necessary in order to proceed with localized road realignment, elimination of accident-prone points, and widening of bridges. An Involuntary Resettlement Framework will be prepared in line with the requirements of OP 4.12. Safeguard Policies Triggered Yes No TBD Safety of Dams (OP/BP 4.37) X Projects on International Waterways (OP/BP 7.50) X Projects in Disputed Areas (OP/BP 7.60) X Environmental Category: B - Partial Assessment III. SAFEGUARD PREPARATION PLAN A. Target date for the Quality Enhancement Review (QER), at which time the PAD-stage ISDS would be prepared: N/A B. For simple projects that will not require a QER, the target date for preparing the PAD-stage ISDS: 11/20/2009 C. Time frame for launching and completing the safeguard-related studies that may be needed. The specific studies and their timing1 should be specified in the PAD-stage ISDS. N/A IV. APPROVALS Signed and submitted by: Task Team Leader: Mr Eric R. Lancelot 11/25/2009 Approved by: Regional Safeguards Coordinator: Mr Reidar Kvam 11/25/2009 Comments: Sector Manager: Mr Aurelio Menendez 11/25/2009 Comments: 1 Reminder: The Bank's Disclosure Policy requires that safeguard-related documents be disclosed before appraisal (i) at the InfoShop and (ii) in-country, at publicly accessible locations and in a form and language that are accessible to potentially affected persons.
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