|Project Name||Adapting to Climate Change through Integrated Water Resources Management|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) project will support the National Environment Commission (NEC) and other relevant government agencies to implement specific elements of the 2011 Water Act and related Water Regulation (to be approved), and promote IWRM to facilitate effective river basin management and strengthen resilience to current variability and anticipated impacts of future climate change.|
|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.|
|Impact||Climate-adaptive water resource management is adopted|
|Description of Outcome||Institutional capacity for IWRM is improved|
|Progress Toward 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.
Outcomes will be reviewed upon TA completion scheduled for 30 June 2016.
|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 each output are being carried with the expected completion of final drafts of NIWRMP and RBMP on early 2016 while the draft National Irrigation Master Plan is due on December 2015.
Capacity building programs have been implemented with 591 people having benefitted from a number of training programs on TA themes.
Knowledge Products that are being developed include (i) 'Water: Securing Bhutan's Future", a coffee table book to be launched during the 2016 World Water Week; and (ii) technical papers on the TA's experience with water policies and governance mechanisms to be published in international journals or presented at international conferences.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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 Secretariat is the executing agency for the project while the Department of Agriculture will be implementing agency for irrigation-related activities. The project is actively consulting and facilitating participation of all key stakeholders involved with water resources management.
ADB has fielded a number of missions in 2014 and 2015 to review implementation progress and to participate at stakeholder's workshops.
|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.|
|Procurement||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).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Lance Gore|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD|
National Environment Commission
Ugyen Tshewang, Secretary
Royal Government of Bhutan P.O.Box 466 Thimphu, Bhutan
|Concept Clearance||28 Jun 2013|
|Approval||28 Feb 2014|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||11 Feb 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|28 Feb 2014||26 Mar 2014||26 Mar 2014||31 Dec 2015||30 Jun 2016||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,500,000.00||250,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,750,000.00||28 Feb 2014||786,779.62|