|Progress Toward Outcome
Department of Water Resources, under Water Resources & Environment Administration's (WREA), was established to build on technical IWRM capacities. Following completion of Component 1A, support to WREA's IWRM program has been taken up under the ADB/AusAID-financed TA "Updating the National Water Policy and Strategy Project" and its supplementary financing.
Extension activities were conducted to facilitate improved performance of (i) cropping systems; (ii) livestock and fisheries systems; and (iii) forest systems. This was achieved through participatory planning processes and better management of land, forests, water and natural resources at the village, khet (village cluster), district and provincial levels.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Instead of strengthening WRCCS, the Government reorganized IWRM institutional arrangements at the central and provincial levels by creating WREA. Under Component 1, the Project successfully carried out and supported the creation and organization of WREA.
Progress is underway on the establishment and strengthening of the NNRBC. The decree for the general establishment of river basin committees was approved in 2010. With this decree, river basin committees are initially expected to be formed for Nam Ngum and Nam Theun-Nam Kading river basins, as well as other priority basins.
Activities have been achieved under Component 2. Department of Energy (DoE) (formerly Hydropower Office) expressed its satisfaction on the training and awareness of a core modeling team, and corresponding capacity to operate MORDOR (Hydrological modeling) and PARSIFAL models. DoE plans to mainly use these models to carry out studies of optimization of hydropower production.
Under Component 3, activities being undertaken under the IWMU within the Department of Planning of MAF include the preparation of watershed baseline data profiles, of management and development strategies and plans, and working closely with the village, district and provincial planning process. Capacity-building activities include workshops and on-the-job training. Maps and databases relating to various aspects of the watersheds are held by the IWMU.
Extension activities were conducted in 22 subwatersheds within NNRB (in Xiengkhouang, Luang Prabang and Vientiane provinces and Vientiane Capital). The Project targeted 316 villages (160 in Vientiane and 95 in Xieng Khouang). Extension made steady progress to attain the Project's targets to increase rice yield, livestock performance and to increase income of 10,000 households. Attainment of Project targets were also done through provision of loans (VDF), extension of technical assistance by Khet Extension Service Centers, capacity building and infrastructures and through demonstration areas.