The TA will support capacity building in the National Environment Commission (NEC) for managing climate change mitigation and adaptation in energy and water resources management.
|Project Name||Capacity Building of the National Environment Commission in Climate Change|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform - Large hydropower generation - Renewable energy generation - small hydro
Transport / Transport policies and institutional development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The TA will support capacity building in the National Environment Commission (NEC) for managing climate change mitigation and adaptation in energy and water resources management.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The main emphasis of climate change mitigation in Bhutan is the energy sector including hydropower and cleaner fuel though lighting, cooking and transport. The sector is a major aspect of the ADB country partnership strategy for Bhutan. Capacity development for environment management, particularly on the adaptation of climate change, is also one of the key cross-cutting themes of ADB's assistance for the country.
Bhutan's hydropower development is the larges driving factor of its pro-poor economic growth since power exports account for more than 40% of national revenus and 25% of GDP. The Government of Bhutan aims to develop additional 10,000 MW for trading power and clean development mechanism (CDM) benefits in line with the bilateral agreement with the Government of India. in 2008, the Sustainable Hydropower Policy was issued to promote hydropower development with both public and private sector participation. Given these initiatives, in 2008 ADB provided loans to assist Dagachhu hydropower export development through a public private partnership and CDM, with an attached TA to develop the power sector's comprehensive institutional capacity including CDM propomtion for more projects. The low-emission development paths will be in line with the ADB's Energy Policy and SARD's Climate Change Implementation Plan that highlights energy efficiency, renewable energy, and technology transfer.
ADB supported capacity development for improving sectoral environmental guidelines and compliance of NEC through three TAs consecutively implemented since the 1990s. To recognize climate change's sensitivity to environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Developent Programme (UNDP) helped NEC prepare national plans (i.e., NAPA and the National Disaster Risk Managemement Framework) in 2006. The specific priorities for addressing adaptation to climate change are included in the Government's 10th Five Year Plan (2008-2013). Particularly, potential adverse impaces on hydrological flows for power plants and irrigation will be sensitive to the national energy and food security and inclusive economic growth. They will also address threats of flood hazards including GLOF. Since the Water Policy was approved in 2007, the Government has been formulating the Water Act to promote the integrated water management in a sustainable manner. It is crucial for NEC to mainstream climate change adaptation in environment management and to assess the sustainable water resource usage and water-related disaster risks on sector and project levels.
|Impact||Functioning and sustainable climate change mitigation and adaptation system for energy and water resources|
|Description of Outcome||Enhanced capacity of NEC to prioritize climate change risks in energy and water resources development|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Institutional capacity of NEC to manage climate change impacts on hydropower, water and transport sector in terms of mitigation and adaptation were significantly enhanced.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
NEC's institutional development strategy and organizational framework approved to manage climate change mitigation and adaptation activities
NEC's operational toolkits adapted for environmental assessments and CDM appraisal
NEC's operational toolkits adapted for IWRM, taking climate proofing into consideration
NEC's climate change modeling (CCM) system developed and the national climate change road map formulated with a time-bound action plan and financing avenue
Workshops for building awareness and consensus of strategies for sustainable energy and water resources development and in-house training programs for managing the toolkits
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||TA activities completed in 20 Dec 2011.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||tbd|
|During Project Implementation||tbd|
|Consulting Services||The TA will require 19 person-months of consulting services from international experts. The consultant team will cover major areas of expertise: (i) climate change management, (ii) climate change economics, (iii) environment management, and (iv) water resources management. The team leader will be an international expert in climate change management. The study will be implemented over 18 months, from April 2010 to September 2011. A consulting firm or consortium of firms will be engaged by ADB through its quality- and cost-based selection procedures in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2001, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Zhang, Lei|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Energy Division, SARD|
Natl Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS)
Post Box 446
|Concept Clearance||31 Jul 2009|
|Fact Finding||24 Aug 2009 to 07 Sep 2009|
|Approval||07 Dec 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||17 Aug 2009|
|Last PDS Update||28 Sep 2012|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|07 Dec 2009||31 Dec 2009||31 Dec 2009||30 Sep 2011||20 Dec 2011||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|700,000.00||0.00||50,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||750,000.00||07 Dec 2009||626,878.45|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Capacity Building of the National Environment Commission in Climate Change||TA Completion Reports||Jul 2013|
|Capacity Building of the National Environment Commission in Climate Change: Final Report||Consultants' Reports||Dec 2011|
|Capacity Building of the National Environment Commission in Climate Change||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2009|
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