The Project will include 4 Components:
i. Component 1: Capacity Building on Transport Planning and Policies. Technical assistance to strengthen planning and policies in Tonga’s transport sector:
ii. Component 2: Climate Resilient and Safe Infrastructure Solutions. Feasibility studies, detailed design and physical works for road, aviation and maritime assets to improve climate resilience and safety:
a. Road sector.
i. Rehabilitation and/or upgrading of up to 79km of roads across Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua, and Niuatoputapu.
ii. Detailed engineering design for Airport Road, the main road on Tongatapu between the international airport and Nuku’alofa urban area.
iii. Technical assessment, detailed design and rehabilitation of the Ha’apai Port breakwater, and investigation of port works to allow for additional berthing and container storage area.
iv. Feasibility study including concept design for a slipway for domestic vessels at Queen Salote Wharf, Tongatapu.
c. Aviation sector. Includes improvements to infrastructure and provision of essential safety equipment at ‘Eua, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou airports.
i. Detailed design and resurfacing of the runway at the ‘Eua airport.
ii. Acquisition of safety equipment and facility to improve capacity for emergency landing response and readiness at the Ha’apai, ‘Eua, Niuafo’ou and Niuatoputapu airports.
iii. Regional Airport Asset Maintenance Contract to assist in improving safety and climate resilience of airport assets. The contract is proposed to cover: (i) preventive maintenance programs, specialist inspections, calibrations and repairs; (ii) emergency response services, including rapid mobilization of technical support, spares and temporary equipment in the event of a disaster; (iii) specialist training, including certifications and offshore placements; and (iv) online technical support.
iii. Component 3: Project Management. Support for project management and implementation:
a. Hiring of MOI PST staff including specialists on project management, safeguards, procurement, financial management, engineering, M&E, and assistants.
b. Recruitment of technical advisers to support the PST in project implementation with appropriate technical advice on the relevant sub-sector.
c. Operating costs to provide technical and operational assistance to the project.
d. Annual external audits for the project-related expenditures.
iv. Component 4: Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC).
Designed to provide swift response in an event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, by enabling Tonga to request the World Bank to re-allocate project funds to support emergency response and reconstruction. An Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the CERC has been developed and is available here.
The Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) within the ESF that are considered relevant to the Project are:
ESS1 Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts
Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) for:
i) Roads (available here)
ii) Aviation (available here)
iii) Maritime (available here)
A Contractors Environmental and Social Management Plan (CESMP) will be required to implement each contract. A template for the CESMP can be found here
ESS2 Labour and Working Conditions
Labour Management Procedures (LMP - available here)
ESS3 Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention and Management
Covered in this ESMP and the CESMP
ESS4 Community Health and Safety
Covered in the ESMPs, the CESMPs and the Covid 19 Safety Protocol (available here)
ESS5 Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement
ESS6 Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources
Covered in the ESMPs, the CESMPs
ESS8 Cultural Heritage (chance finds)
Chance find procedures are detailed as an Appendix in the ESMPs and the CESMPs
ESS10 Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure
Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP available here)