Bangladesh: Supporting Implementation of Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (Subproject 2)

Sovereign Project | 42478-023

Summary

ADB approved this C-CDTA on 16 March 2009 for Supporting Implementation of the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) with an amount of $2million equivalent to the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The C-CDTA is financed by ADB, on a grant basis, from the Japan Special Fund, funded by the Government of Japan. The outcome of the C-CDTA is enhanced capacity of the MoEF and other relevant ministries and line agencies for project preparation, implementation, and policy formulation in relation to BCCSAP. ADB approved to implement the whole cluster TA within three TAs including subproject 1 (TA7273), subproject 2(TA8084) and subproject 3. The TA7273 (subproject1) of the cluster TA was approved on 27 April 2009 and closed on 30 September 2011. An amount of $680,000 was allocated for implementation of TA7273. The TA8084 (subproject 2) of the cluster TA was approved on 16 May 2012 and the closing date is 30 October 2014.

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Project Name Supporting Implementation of Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (Subproject 2)
Project Number 42478-023
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8084-BAN: Supporting Implementation of the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (Subproject 2)
Japan Special Fund US$ 850,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
Education - Technical and vocational education and training
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

ADB approved this C-CDTA on 16 March 2009 for Supporting Implementation of the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) with an amount of $2million equivalent to the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The C-CDTA is financed by ADB, on a grant basis, from the Japan Special Fund, funded by the Government of Japan. The outcome of the C-CDTA is enhanced capacity of the MoEF and other relevant ministries and line agencies for project preparation, implementation, and policy formulation in relation to BCCSAP. ADB approved to implement the whole cluster TA within three TAs including subproject 1 (TA7273), subproject 2(TA8084) and subproject 3. The TA7273 (subproject1) of the cluster TA was approved on 27 April 2009 and closed on 30 September 2011. An amount of $680,000 was allocated for implementation of TA7273. The TA8084 (subproject 2) of the cluster TA was approved on 16 May 2012 and the closing date is 30 October 2014. ADB approved an equivalent amount of $850,000 for the implementation of TA8084. The whole TA cluster closing date is 30 June 2015.

ADB mobilized four national consultants and three international consultants under the TA7273 (subproject-1) to accomplish the activities. The key reports prepared under the TA7273 includes capacity development action plan on climate change for implementing the BCCSAP, country specific top ten climate change project concepts on priority sectors for immediate and short term implementation, strategic energy plans and associated investments to ensure national energy security and lower greenhouse gas emissions, mainstreaming climate change in development planning and implementation in Bangladesh, etc. Some training modules were prepared and several training workshops were also organized under the TA7273. Moreover members of high-level government delegations have participated in 16th conference of parties (COP16) negotiation held in Cancun, Mexico and visited Australia and negotiated access to the Global Climate Fund.

TA8084 includes (i) preparation of country specific climate proofing' guidelines for key prioritized sectors in line with the BCCSAP; (ii) formulation of sector-specific programs and projects and national climate change policy; (iii) preparation of the program for clean development mechanism (CDM) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA); (iv) capacity building and knowledge management for enhancement of operational effectiveness. Due to the nature of the TA, ADB may prepare a contract variation to TA8084 to accommodate outputs considered for subproject.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Bangladesh considers climate change as a priority development concern and is committed to take urgent and long term actions to reduce the vulnerability of its people and risks to national development. The objective of combating climate change has also been manifested in the GoB's the Sixth Five Year Plan (2011-15), as well as in the Outline Perspective Plan of Bangladesh (2010-2021): Making Vision 2021 A Reality . The Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan outlines 44 programs under six thematic areas to to address the climate change challenges in Bangladesh.

TA8084 includes crucial components important for the government for supporting operationalization of the BCCSAP and mainstreaming climate change in development agenda. The subproject 2 is required for continue the capacity building and policy formulation efforts on climate change for implementing BCCSAP. This TA also serves as a bridge to the planned activities under the other regional support on climate change. Impact of the subproject 2 is strengthened country capacity for climate-resilient development and low-carbon growth. Outcome is capacity development action plan and prioritized BCCSAP projects implementation commenced. This outcome can be achieved by the implementation of the sub-project outputs that enhances the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and other relevant ministries and line agencies for project preparation, implementation, and policy formulation in relation to the BCCSAP.

ADB's Country Partnership Strategy for Bangladesh (204-16) emphasizes the need for mainstreaming climate change in all ADB operations. ADB will ensure that its operations help build the resilience of vulnerable sectors particularly agriculture, water, urban and transport sectors including preparing resilient sector road maps and climate-proofing projects. COBP 2012-2014 highlights the significance and the need for mainstreaming of climate change in ADB's operations. The challenges in mainstreaming climate change in development planning and budgeting need a transformational shift which would be facilitated by policy dialogue, capacity building, and knowledge management services and support for project preparation, implementation and country specific policy formulation for climate resilient and low carbon development.

Impact Strengthened climate resilient development and low-carbon growth in Bangladesh
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Capacity development action plan and prioritized BCCSAP projects implementation commenced
Progress Toward Outcome The ongoing TA activities enhanced visibility of MoEF's operation on climate change. TA8084 includes important components for the government for supporting operationalization of the BCCSAP and formulation of climate policy and sector specific guidelines. Some of the important document has recently been drafted under TA8084 that includes (i) country specific climate-proofing' guidelines for four major sectors, (ii) report on incorporation of climate change in key policies and road map for national climate change policy, (iii) project proposal for top prioritized projects for implementing BCCSAP, (iv) project development document on NAMA, (v) capacity development action plan on climate change, and (vi) knowledge gap assessment on climate change, etc. Six short training courses on various contemporary aspects of climate change have been designed and about 200 participants have been nominated so far. Three research/studies have been commissioned and one research report has already been drafted. This TA is also supporting National Designated Authority(NDA) for preparation of climate change project for accessing green climate fund.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Country specific climate-proofing guidelines for four prioritized development sectors (e.g. agriculture & NRM, water resource, disaster management and energy) in line with the BCCSAP;

2. Project proposals prepared based on the prioritization program and prioritized concept developed under subproject 1;

3. Project proposals for public private partnerships prepared by the line agencies for a CDM project;

4. Improved knowledge sharing and management focusing on climate change;

5. Capacity of staff in the CCU of MoEF and CCC of the relevant ministries and line agencies enhanced;

6. A climate negotiation team created and appropriate guideline is in place;

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

1. Consultant submitted draft of country specific climate proofing guidelines for four major development sectors. Draft report was submitted on September 2014; These guideline will be ready by August 2015;

2. TPP/DPP for top 10 proposal on climate change is drafted by consulting firm; Three DPP and one TPP is already drafted and remaining DPP/TPP will be ready by June 2015;

3. Report on sector specific NAMA project is drafted and shared in an expert consultation meeting on 25 September 2014;

4. Report on comprehensive knowledge gap assessment on climate change adaptation and mitigation is drafted; Three studies were commissioned and one study has been completed and report drafted. Remaining two research are ongoing and will be completed by September 2015;

5. Report on capacity building action plan on climate change adaptation and mitigation is drafted. A synthesis report is under preparation. Nine short training courses on various contemporary aspects of climate change will be conducted and delivered by June 2015. Nine training module is ready and about 200 government official is nominated for these training;

6. A road map for preparing national climate change policy and report on recommendation of incorporation of climate change in key national policies is drafted; Climate negotiation guideline and report on recommendation for streamline of country climate negotiation team will be available by November 2015;

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Subproject 2 activities was shared with the focal person of the government on climate change and endorsed by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. Consultation with relevant ministries, line agencies, CSO, private sectors and research organization was conducted during design of subproject 2.
During Project Implementation The MoEF and ADB jointly organized inception workshop on 8 October 2013 in Dhaka to introduce the TA and to capture stakeholders' views and suggestions on the TA implementation. Several multi-stakeholders consultation, expert consultation and meeting was organized with relevant govt. agencies, NGOs, research organizations, etc. to further review the various TA reports.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A team of consultants comprising four international (10PM) and seven national consultants (44 PM) is engaged through a consortium of consulting firms who commenced the service on 18 August 2013. The consultants contract comprised of three organizations, e.g. AFC Consultants International (Germany), Lead Firm, while Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and Services and Solutions International Ltd. (SSIL) are local partners. The international consultants include (i) Mitigation Specialist, (ii) Climate Change Specialist, (iii) Environmental Economist, and (iv) Institutional Policy and Capacity Development Specialist and national consultant include (i) Team Leader/Institutional Development Specialist, (ii) Climate Change Specialist, (iii) Environmental Economist, (iv) Agricultural Specialist, (v) Mitigation Specialist, (vi) Legal/Climate Negotiation Specialist and (vii) Natural Resources Management Specialist.
Procurement 8 revolving chairs, 4 desk tables, 2 air conditioners (3 tons), 6 electric fans, 10 internet modem and 3 PCs will be procured for project office by September 2014
Responsible ADB Officer Arif Faisal
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment and ForestBuilding No. 6(13th floor),Bangladesh
Secretariat, Dhaka
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 16 May 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Mar 2015

TA 8084-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 May 2012 31 Jul 2012 31 Jul 2012 30 Aug 2013 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
850,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 16 May 2012 223,960.43

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