Lao People's Democratic Republic: Updating the National Water Policy and Strategy

Sovereign Project | 40193-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Updating the National Water Policy and Strategy
Project Number 40193-012
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7013-LAO: Updating the National Water Policy and Strategy
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Government of Australia US$ 500,000.00
TA 7013-LAO: Updating the National Water Policy and Strategy (Supplementary)
Government of Australia US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

IWRM support program design has received broad support from Government and development partners and will form the basis for future support to water resources capacity development.

Broad policy directions are being established through consultations and studies.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The draft National Water Resources Policy and National Water Resource Strategy and Action Plan have been prepared. Further refinements of these documents in Lao and English, based on comments received during a series of workshops with key stakeholders across the country. The Policy and Strategy was scheduled for submission to the National Assembly in November 2010.

The TA designed a draft national IWRM Support Program in August 2008. Development partners are processing assistance projects to make the support program operational.

A major change in TA scope was approved on 14 July 2009 to assist WREA in improving internal processess and staff capacities and ensure that it is fully prepared for implementation of the IWRM Support Program.

Geographical Location Lao PDR, nationwide

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation During implementation, consultation workshops will ensure that key stakeholders participate in achieving the expected outcomes of the TA. Workshops will be organized to debate key findings and to facilitate dissemination of policies and strategy documents. In addition, design of the Lao PDR IWRM support program will be done in consultation with major stakeholders.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A total of 31 person months (pm) of international and 53 pm of national specialists will be engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. Consulting services for component 1 will be engaged as independent consultants, including international IWRM specialist (1.5 pm); international program development specialist (1.5 pm) and national IWRM specialist (3.0 pm). Consultants for components 2 & 3 will be engaged through a firm (QCBS 90:10) and will include international consultants with expertise in IWRM/institutional specialist/team leader (18 pm), short term consultants with expertise in various aspects of IWRM (10 pm), and national consultants with skills in IWRM (50 pm).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ian Makin
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Water Resources &Environment Administration (WREA)
Phonechaleun Nonthaxay
Water Resources and Environment Administration, Vientiane


Concept Clearance 11 Oct 2006
Fact Finding 08 Oct 2007 to 22 Oct 2007
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Jan 2008
Last PDS Update 24 Feb 2011

TA 7013-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2007 10 Jan 2008 10 Jan 2008 31 Jan 2010 31 Dec 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 500,000.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,360,000.00 12 Dec 2007 1,206,969.98

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