Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 20 Oct 2014

Project Name Adapting to Climate Change through Integrated Water Resources Management
Country Bhutan
Project/Program Number 46463-002
Status Approved
Geographical Location
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Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Irrigation
Rural flood protection
Water-based natural resources management
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth (ESG)
Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Partnerships (PAR)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 4: No gender elements (NGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance8623Water Financing Partnership Facility - Multi Donor250
Technical Assistance8623Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction1,500
TOTAL US$ 1,750

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultation missions have been fielded in February and May 2013. These missions met with government agencies, NGOs, and developing partners to discuss their current and planned activities in the water resources sector that may be relevant to the planned technical assistance and to understand their views on the key focal areas of the TA.
During Project Implementation
The National Environment Commission will be the executing agency for the project while the Department of Agriculture will be implementing agency for irrigation-related activities. The project will actively consultant and facilitate participation of all key stakeholders involved with water resources management. A kick-off mission was fielded 15-19 Sept to support start-up activities.


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Bhutan identifies integrated water resources management (IWRM) as a cross-cutting objective of the environment sector in the Tenth (2008-2013) and draft Eleventh (2014-2019) Five-Year Plans (FYPs), and has enacted the 2011 Water Act founded on the principles of IWRM. IWRM is to play an important role in Bhutan: facilitating the sustainable development of Bhutan s vast hydro-power resources while protecting the quality of the country s watersheds; addressing water scarcity issues for drinking and agriculture; and managing the risk of water induced disasters.

Development Impact

Climate-adaptive water resource management is adopted

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Institutional capacity for IWRM is improved
Progress Towards Outcome
TA letter was signed by the Government of Bhutan and the Executing Agency, TA effectivity is on 26 March 2014. Consultants contract signed on 5 September 2014, consultants mobilized on 10 September 2014.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
NIWRMP is finalized River Basin Management Plan for one priority major river basin is finalized The National Irrigation Master Plan is finalized Water resources governance strengthened
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Activities under these outputs have been initiated.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Jul 01
Consulting Services
A team of experts was hired and mobilized on 10 September 2014. Inputs will comprise 50 person months (pm) from international and 30 pm from national specialists in the areas of institutional strengthening, capacity development, and communications; integrated water resources management; geographic information systems, remote sensing and database; climate change modeling; river basin modeling; hudraulic structures; irrigation planning; water law; social development; and economics.
No major procurement under the TA is envisaged. If any, these will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (March 2013 as amended from time to time).
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 28 Jun 2013
Management Review Meeting
Approval 28 Feb 2014
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 8623 28 Feb 2014 26 Mar 2014 26 Mar 2014 31 Dec 2015 30 Jun 2016


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 8623 1,750 1,750 0 1,750 0 1,750

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Lance Gore (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies


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