Hari Rud and Murghab Rivers Basins Authority (HRMRBA) formally established by MEW in March 2012. Working group has been established for the formation of River Basin Council, and around 35% work has been completed. The Establishment of the RBC is one of the main agenda items of the PIC meeting, the meeting was held in December 2014 in the HMRBA office in Herat, and decided to engaged other relevant organization to have legal status so to finalize it with legal perspective, PIC still ongoing, while project inputs have been completed as of December 2014. As discussed with HMRBA, the agency will request MEW for more clarification on formation of the River Basin Council (RBC). After required clarification on formation of the RBC, it will process/establish by the RBA.
Currently the old traditional system is implemented, while work is ongoing for the new procedures. The next Working Group meeting will gather WUA representatives and other stakeholders to specifically solicit community input on how the traditional water allocation system actually works, problems faced, and gather ideas on how to improve the system. The team which has been assigned by MEW for the purpose of water allocation/entitlement has visited the field and related communities/Water users at mid Aug 2014. The team has submitted the report to MEW and the issue is in process by the related department of MEW, the water entitlement process is time consuming and will be rest as the responsibility of MEW, while project inputs have been completed by December 2014.
100% completed. Test drilling for 10 groundwater observation wells have been completed to generate additional data for the groundwater database that will be part of the Hari Rud Basin MIS; licenses for groundwater drilling included in draft policy. An outline of groundwater MIS has been developed and database update is underway. Regulatory Framework for groundwater has been drafted and submitted.
100% completed. Groundwater policy has been drafted and submitted to PMU/MEW.
As of December 2015, Co-water has trained 563, professional, technical and support staff of HMRBA-PMU-MEW, MAIL, and Herat University. SAI provided orientations to 30 technical staff of PMU on basin management, irrigation engineering, and agriculture and livelihood.
The course number 27th on contract Management and administration is also completed by Cowater specialist in Herat. The course for advance training of WEAP was conducted by the Co-water assigned trainer in Kabul/MEW. The list of the candidates for Master Degree training finalized, ADB no objection on the agreement has been provided, MEW signed the agreement with AIT and students already traveled to Thailand and attending classes.
As of December 2015. All reporting are followed by the agreed schedule, and so far 100% achieved.
A well enriched PMU was established under MEW for the project activities execution. As of December 2015 97% work has been completed.
There are 5 core projects and 1 main canal project for Sia Sang. The Pozelech is also benefiting from the Sia Sang Project. Hence, Pozelech is counted as 2 water resource development projects, bringing the total to 7 projects. In addition, there were 6 WUA office buildings and 2 WMD buildings and one extension of HMRBA building. Thus the total number of projects is 16.
Six Water User Associations have been established and trained (Jui Nau, Zinda Jan, Ghoryan, Kohsan, Yahya Abad canals in Herat Province and Siah Sang canal upstream in Ghor Province). These are now legally registered with MEW as of July 31, 2011. An additional 12 communities around canal systems in the lower Hari Rud basin have been trained and assisted in establishing WUAs for their canals during December 2012 and January 2013. Of the 12 WUAs, the bylaws of 10 WUAs have been prepared and submitted for their registration, which is under process by respective departments of MEW.
No resettlement issue under the project so far. And the revised IR category is C, with no impact.
The WBP canal system R&U improvements resulted in improving 49,197 ha of irrigated land, more than the Hari Rud River Basin target, but somewhat less than the target for both the Hari Rud and Murghab River Basins (89% of the combined target). This estimate is based on improved on farm water use efficiency over time. With the present lower efficient water use the project command area is increased to 36,886 ha, 82% of the Hari Rud target of 45,000 ha.
Work in Murghab was not feasible due to security issues.
100% completed. Zinda Jan, Kohsan, Ghoryan, Jui Nau, Sia Sang and Yahya Abad surveys completed. Surveys have been completed in Sia Sang and Yahya Abad in March 2013.
OFWM training materials have been prepared and training conducted to 200 farmers. 100% target of farmer training on OFWM has been completed, with all the training completed in December 2013.
Training materials on agriculture and livelihood have been prepared by the contracted NGOs and project agriculturists. As of March 2014, 5,516 farmers (3,501 men and 2,015 women) have been trained. Of them, 724 men and 350 women are poor and landless (share croppers). 100% target of farmer training has been achieved, with all the training completed before December 2013.