Project Name Adapting to Climate Change through Integrated Water Resources Management
Project Number 46463-002
Country Bhutan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8623-BHU: Adapting to Climate Change through Integrated Water Resources Management
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
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
Project Outcome
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.

TA completion is scheduled for 30 June 2016.

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.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
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 from 15-19 September 2014 to support start-up activities.

A mission was fielded from 5-7 November 2014 to review progress during the inception period and to participate at a stakeholder's workshop.

Business Opportunities
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
Executing Agencies
National Environment Commission
Ugyen Tshewang, Secretary,
Royal Government of Bhutan P.O.Box 466 Thimphu, Bhutan
Concept Clearance 28 Jun 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval 28 Feb 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Jul 2015

TA 8623-BHU

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Feb 2014 26 Mar 2014 26 Mar 2014 31 Dec 2015 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,750,000.00 28 Feb 2014 721,979.12

This project data sheet was generated from on 25 November 2015