India: Operational Research to Support Mainstreaming of Integrated Flood Management under Climate Change

Sovereign Project | 45017-001

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The TA will undertake operational research to identify and test integrated flood mitigation and flood plain management strategies appropriate for India. The strategies will balance structural and nonstructural measures and provide the mechanisms for mainstreaming IFM at different government levels. The TA will help promote change from a current narrow, structurally focused flood protection intervention approach in the country and support mainstreaming of integrated and holistic management measures. The TA will study will study two sub-basin one intra-states (within state) and another inter-state (more than one state). The study will develop strategies and approaches appropriate for implementation in the two sub-basins which are also replicable in other flood-prone sub-basins and states.

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Project Name Operational Research to Support Mainstreaming of Integrated Flood Management under Climate Change
Project Number 45017-001
Country India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural flood protection
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA will undertake operational research to identify and test integrated flood mitigation and flood plain management strategies appropriate for India. The strategies will balance structural and nonstructural measures and provide the mechanisms for mainstreaming IFM at different government levels. The TA will help promote change from a current narrow, structurally focused flood protection intervention approach in the country and support mainstreaming of integrated and holistic management measures. The TA will study will study two sub-basin one intra-states (within state) and another inter-state (more than one state). The study will develop strategies and approaches appropriate for implementation in the two sub-basins which are also replicable in other flood-prone sub-basins and states.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADBs country partnership strategy for India, 2009-2012 identified a need to focus on knowledge solutions, the preparation of operationally relevant knowledge products, exposure to best practices, and promoting learning across sectors and states. The ADB water operational plan (2011-2020) forecasts more frequent and severe extreme weather events in India and states that the effects of worsening of weather can be mitigated by structural and nonstructural measures such as water governance and flood management.
Impact The protection and resilience of the flood-prone areas in India is strengthened
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Knowledge of IFM for decision making and program implementation is improved
Progress Toward Outcome

Phase 1: Consultant recruitment was carried out on-time for all positions. Inception Mission was fielded during 4-8 March 2013 in New Delhi. Subsequent to this a round table meeting was held with MoWR, CWC and ADB staff and consultants in Delhi on 3 April 2013. A subsequent review mission was fielded during 14-16 May 2013 which included detailed consultation with participating states viz., Bihar and Orissa. Consultants submitted the draft final report which was approved by EA on 27 January 2014 as per discussion in the meeting of project steering panel. Final report of the phase I study has been submitted to DEA and EA on 21 February 2014.

Phase2: Contract agreement for phase II study was signed with M/s Deltares in association with RMSI, India and JPS Associates, India on 5 February 2014 and firm mobilized on 24 Feb 2014. Draft Inception Report for Phase 2 study was discussed and approved by the Project Overview cum Steering Panel (POCSP) on 30 June 2014. Final Inception Report, incorporating the suggestions and comments of POCSP was submitted on 22 July 2014. Consultation with two sub-basin states (Orissa and Bihar) and Central agencies is continuing, most of data collection is completed and modeling studies are under progress.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Appropriate IFM plan for the focal sub-basin, incorporating climate change impacts, developed

2. Comprehensive assessment and feasibility analysis of various approaches and best practices in IFM conducted

3. Knowledge sharing and awareness program conducted

4. Knowledge products on appropriate IFM techniques developed

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

Phase 1: Consultant recruitment was carried out on-time for all positions. Inception Mission was fielded during 4-8 March 2013 in New Delhi. Subsequent to this a round table meeting was held with MoWR, CWC and ADB staff and consultants in Delhi on 3 April 2013. A subsequent review mission was fielded during 14-16 May 2013 which included detailed consultation with participating states viz., Bihar and Orissa. Consultants submitted the draft final report which was approved by EA on 27 January 2014 as per discussion in the meeting of project steering panel. Final report of the phase I study has been submitted to DEA and EA on 21 February 2014.

Phase2: Contract agreement for phase II study was signed with M/s Deltares in association with RMSI, India and JPS Associates, India on 5 February 2014 and firm mobilized on 24 Feb 2014. Draft Inception Report for Phase 2 study was discussed and approved by the Project Overview cum Steering Panel (POCSP) on 30 June 2014. Final Inception Report, incorporating the suggestions and comments of POCSP was submitted on 22 July 2014. Consultation with two sub-basin states (Orissa and Bihar) and Central agencies, is continuing, most of data collection is completed and modeling studies are under progress. Consultant submitted interim report on 25 January 2015.

Ministry of Water Resources has conveyed decision on two topics for peer reviewed research papers in March 2015 and studies to prepare papers is under progress.

Geographical Location India
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder consultations were held during the project design period.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder consultations, communications and participation will be continued for the entire project period.
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Consulting Services

The TA will be implemented in two phases over 24 months. Phase 1 will be completed by month 6. It will require two international consultants for a combined total of 4 person-months and four national consultants for a combined total of 12 person-months. Because of the very specialized work, the TA will require timely recruitment of highly qualified experts and the preparation of high-quality outputs in a short time. For this reason, the consultants for phase 1 will be recruited individually by ADB in consultation with the government. The recruitment of individual consultants will be carried out in accordance with ADBs Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

Phase 2 will directly follow phase 1 and will include preparation of an IFM plan for two sub-basins. The plan will consolidate key findings of the studies and present proposals, including a well-defined information base to support decision making. A research consortium with an internationally recognized portfolio of flood management research will be engaged for phase 2. The consortium who will be engaged by ADB will provide five international experts for 22 person-months and 12 national experts for 84 person-months, who will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection method at a ratio of 80:20 based on a full technical proposal. Engagement of firm has been completed and firm mobilized on 24 Feb 2014.

Procurement All equipment for the TA will be processed according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). TA progress will be monitored against the design and monitoring framework shown in Appendix 1. Outline terms of reference for the consultants are in Appendix 3. Disbursements under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Harish Varma
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water ResourcesGovt of India
Rm. 412, Shram Shakti Bhavan
New Delhi 110 011
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Nov 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 01 Jun 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Mar 2015

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
01 Jun 2012 28 Aug 2012 28 Aug 2012 01 Oct 2014 31 Oct 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 01 Jun 2012 572,792.49

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