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Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Review - Watershed and Environmental Management Project

1. Project Data:   
Project ID:
Project Name:
Watershed and Environmental Management Project
St. Lucia
Irrigation & Drainage, Agriculture
L/C Number:
C2768; CP904; L3925
Partners Involved:
Prepared By:
Charles Derek Poate, OEDST
Reviewed By:
John C. English
Group Manager:
Roger H. Slade
Date Posted:

2. Project Objectives, Financing, Costs, and Components:

The Watershed and environmental management project was designed in response to the emergency arising from Tropical Storm "Debbie". The objectives were to: (i) begin rehabilitation of the hydraulic infrastructure of priority watersheds from the damage caused by the flooding and landslides; (ii) address the medium and long-term requirements for sustainable watershed development by preparing a Watershed Management Plan which would serve as the basis for more integrated development of key watersheds; and, (iii) strengthen Government's capacities in environmental management and flood preparedness. Participation of local communities in implementation was emphasised.

Total project costs amounted to US$7.31 million of which the Bank contributed US$5.3 million in equal Loan and Credit amounts. DFID contributed US$0.79 million. The project was completed 6 months behind schedule on December 31 1997.

3. Achievement of Relevant Objectives:

Project objectives were achieved. (i) Rehabilitation of the hydraulic infrastructure and consolidation of flood prevention in endangered locations was highly satisfactory. In addition clear environmental guidelines were established; (ii) A draft Watershed Management Plan was prepared with a strong emphasis on community participation. The Plan did not identify candidate projects for further development as proposed in the SAR; (iii) The project strengthened the capacity of the Ministry of Works, Communications and Transport (MOWCT) in flood preparedness and civil works, and the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries in watershed management.

4. Significant Outcomes/Impacts:

(i) the project was prepared and approved with only nine months elapsing from identification to Board approval;
(ii) the effective implementation of flexible procurement procedures for a project which is an emergency response to a natural disaster.

5. Significant Shortcomings (include non-compliance with safeguard features):

(i) The absence of a designated project accountant caused delays in the processing of payments and reconciliation of project accounts;
(ii) Failure to respond to Bank Supervision requests for an analysis of the cost effectiveness of civil works;
(iii) Poor communication between the two leading Ministries (MOWCT and MOALFF).

6. Ratings:ICROED ReviewReason for Disagreement/Comments
Institutional Dev.:
Bank Performance:
Highly SatisfactoryHighly Satisfactory
Borrower Perf.:
Quality of ICR:

7. Lessons of Broad Applicablity:

(i) The acceptance by the Bank of flexible procurement procedures, within the Guidelines, is of critical importance to ensuring efficient operation of project which respond to emergency situations;
(ii) The infusion of local knowledge from national staff can be important in the design of emergency operations;
(iii) The active participation of affected communities is important in achieving effective and sustainable management of watershed areas and ensuring government accountability.

8. Audit Recommended?  No


9. Comments on Quality of ICR:

While the ICR was satisfactory overall, there were some significant shortcomings. There was no contribution or comments from the Borrower or Co-financier, and the aide memoire for the Completion Mission was not included. Plans for future operation were minimal due to delays in developing the Watershed Management Plan. In all other respects the ICR was excellent.

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