Regional: Managing Water in Asia's River Basins: Charting Progress and Facilitating Investment

Sovereign Project | 41063-012

Summary

The TA aims to catalyze further basin water investments under the Water Financing Program and demonstrate good practices in introducing integrated water resources management (IWRM) in river basins across the region. This will be achieved by (i) enabling river basin organizations (RBOs) to prepare roadmaps for long term integrated river basin investment programs (ii) improving RBO's technical knowledge to introduce IWRM and adapt to changing needs in river basins (iii) assessing country performance and good practices in introducing IWRM in river basins, and (iv) improving the performance of RBOs through capacity development.

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Project Name Managing Water in Asia's River Basins: Charting Progress and Facilitating Investment
Project Number 41063-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6470-REG: Managing Water in Asia's River Basins: Charting Progress and Facilitating Investment
Japan Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Agriculture and Natural Resources - Water-based natural resources management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA aims to catalyze further basin water investments under the Water Financing Program and demonstrate good practices in introducing integrated water resources management (IWRM) in river basins across the region. This will be achieved by (i) enabling river basin organizations (RBOs) to prepare roadmaps for long term integrated river basin investment programs (ii) improving RBO's technical knowledge to introduce IWRM and adapt to changing needs in river basins (iii) assessing country performance and good practices in introducing IWRM in river basins, and (iv) improving the performance of RBOs through capacity development.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB water policy, approved in January 2001, promotes national water sector reforms, IWRM, and improved water services for the poor. In addition, the policy commits ADB to regional and subregional cooperation by helping to assess the water sector and exchange data, enhancing awareness and understanding of water sector issues and each country s needs, and supporting water partnerships in ADB s developing member countries. By fostering IWRM in river basins, the Water for All policy underscores the need to shift from fragmented and sector based project planning to a cross sectoral process that is holistic and inclusive. IWRM, a long term process that needs sustained commitment by all stakeholders, seeks to realize investments in water resources development and management that have a triple bottom line , i.e., economic, social, and environmental benefits that result from an integrated approach. IWRM promotes coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources to maximize economic benefits and social welfare equitably without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.
Impact Quality of water resources management improved and progress of IWRM implementation in Asia and Pacific region is accelerated.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Basin water investments under WFP encouraged.

Demonstrated good practices in introducing IWRM in river basins.

Enhanced RBO knowledge in new basin challenges.

Improved RBO performance.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1) Road maps for basin investments.

2) Establishment of the RAS.

3) Online access and dissemination of IWRM publications and services.

4) Country performance assessments for IWRM.

5) Dialogues on country and basin assessments.

6) Publication on regional overview of IWRM progress.

7) Knowledge products on priority topics and case studies.

8) Capacities of RBOs on IWRM developed.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the services of two international consultants, (i) a senior IWRM specialist (24 person months) (ii) a knowledge management specialist (6 person months). ADB will also engage 11 domestic consultants, (i) a TA coordinator (6 person months) and (ii) 10 projects specialists (2 person months each, with expertise in either water resources, environment, or governance, as needed).
Responsible ADB Officer Susumu Fujioka
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division SDAS
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank Wouter Lincklaen Arrienswlincklaenarriens@adb.org6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Mar 2007
Fact Finding 08 Nov 2006 to 10 Nov 2006
MRM -
Approval 10 Jul 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 27 Oct 2009

TA 6470-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Jul 2008 - 10 Jul 2008 30 Jun 2010 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 10 Jul 2008 1,933,765.19

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