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

Sovereign Project | 42478-023 Status: Closed

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 Closed
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 Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
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 building action plan on climate change, and (vi) knowledge gap assessment on climate change, etc. Guidelines for climate proofing investment were prepared in four prioritized development sectors namely energy, water, agriculture & natural resources and disaster risk reduction. A capacity building action plan on climate change is prepared. Ten (10) short-training on various contemporary aspects of climate change were conducted where 286 officials trained and 9 training module prepared. A report on knowledge gap assessment on climate change is prepared. Research reports were prepared on three research areas; (i) Non-Economic Loss and Damage Caused by Climate Stressors in Selected Coastal Districts of Bangladesh, (ii)Channeling Climate Change Fund to Local Government Institutions of Bangladesh: Existing Mechanism, Challenge and Recommendations, (iii) Workability of solar mini-grids for rural electrification and feasibility study of productive use of solar power in off-grid areas in Bangladesh.
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. Country specific climate proofing guidelines for four development sectors (e.g. energy, water resources, agriculture and natural resources and disaster) is prepared and submitted to MOEF;

2. Top ten project concepts on climate change were prepared based on the BCCSAP and NAPA and shared to the ERD, MOEF and relevant ministries and line agencies. Based on top ten project concepts, one DPP on adaptation and one DPP on mitigation were submitted to ERD for submission to Green Climate Fund.

3. One NAMA project on energy sector is prepared and submitted to ERD, MOEF and BPDB.

4. A report on knowledge gap assessment on climate change is prepared. Three research/studies were prepared and submitted to MOEF. A proposal is on establishment of a research and knowledge management centre/network for climate change in the country is prepared;

5. A report on capacity needs assessment on climate change along with capacity building action plan on climate change is prepared. Based on these reports, ten short training on various contemporary aspects of climate change is organized where 286 officials from MOEF and relevant ministries and line agencies participated. Ten training module is prepared and submitted to MOEF.

6. A climate negotiation guideline is prepared with TOR of technical and advisory team.

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. A daylong knowledge sharing workshop and closing ceremony was organized on 30 December 2015 to showcase the knowledge products prepared under the TA and share achievements of the TA to the relevant stakeholders.

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. This TA is closed on 31 December 2015.
Procurement No equipments were procured under TA8084(subproject 2). However IT equipments and furniture were procured under TA7273-BAN (subproject 1)

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Zahir Ahmad
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment and Forest
Building No. 6(13th floor),Bangladesh
Secretariat, Dhaka

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 16 May 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2016

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 586,251.20

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