Thailand: Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation

Sovereign Project | 46231-001

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The TA has two components. Under the first component, the TA will support to develop planning and implementation procedures and guidelines for water project assessment, monitoring and evaluation. An IT-based monitoring and evaluation system will also be developed following the guidelines. The second component is the Yom River Basin study. The TA will undertake a range of studies to update existing information and build on earlier stakeholder consultations and institutional development work to prepare a Yom River basin roadmap including application of updated project planning and procedures for water and flood management planning developed by the TA.

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Project Name Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation
Project Number 46231-001
Country Thailand
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8267-THA: Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation and Yom River Basin Study
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA has two components. Under the first component, the TA will support to develop planning and implementation procedures and guidelines for water project assessment, monitoring and evaluation. An IT-based monitoring and evaluation system will also be developed following the guidelines. The second component is the Yom River Basin study. The TA will undertake a range of studies to update existing information and build on earlier stakeholder consultations and institutional development work to prepare a Yom River basin roadmap including application of updated project planning and procedures for water and flood management planning developed by the TA.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

During the last quarter of 2011, Thailand experienced its worst flooding since 1942. Almost 14 million people in 65 of Thailand's 77 provinces were affected by flood waters, with widespread damage and loss to homes, factories, businesses, transport and energy infrastructure, social service facilities, and crops and livestock. The Ministry of Finance estimates the total economic damages and losses caused by the floods at approximately $45 billion. The biggest damages and losses were in the manufacturing sector with a total of $32 billion. Industry estimates suggest that insured losses may exceed $10 billion. The Government responded to the 2011 floods with urgent steps to strengthen flood management in the overall context of water resources management. A Master Plan on Water Resource Management has been formulated and adopted by the Cabinet. An emergency decree for the borrowing of B350 billion or around $11.48 billion for investment in flood and water management projects has been passed. The government has set up a National Water Resources and Flood Policy Committee (NWFPC) chaired by the Prime Minister to formulate policies in accordance with the Master Plan. The Government also set up the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC) reporting to NWFPC. The WFMC, chaired by Minister of Sciences and Technology, is responsible for formulating action plans, approval of water management investment projects, and monitoring and evaluation the implementation of investment projects. All relevant line agencies are presented in NWFPC and WFMC. To serve as an operating arm and secretariat to NWFPC and WFMC, Office of the National Water and Flood Policy Committee (ONWF) was established, under the Prime Minister's Office, to be responsible for integrated water resources management including flood management.

The Master Plan on Water Resources Management calls for an integrated approach to investment in water management related projects. ONWF would like to ensure that any approved project is compatible within the context of GoT's wider integrated water and flood management approach and plans, including the appropriate selection of structural and non-structural measures that complement each other for water and flood management. Specifically, GoT recognizes that appraisal, monitoring and evaluation need to be carried out with oversight from high-level national bodies, including the ONWF. Through improved project proposal screening, monitoring and evaluation, the Cabinet will ultimately be able to make more informed decisions on integrated water and flood management based on systematic analysis and reporting from the ONWF and NESDB.

Furthermore, there is recognition that some management measures may serve multiple objectives but there may also need to be trade-offs between water conservation and flood management outcomes. Yom River basin is a key upper Chao Phraya watershed needing strengthened regulation, including structural and non-structural measures. Presently, there is no water regulation structures on the Yom River mainstream. Many studies have been done on options to construct a dam and reservoir in the basin. However, the relevant agencies acknowledge that several aspects (e.g. adequate assessment of the social, ecological and economic impacts of the proposed investment alternatives) have not been addressed by the existing studies on Yom River basin. For policy makers to make informed decision on investment projects along Yom River basin, further review, studies and consultations are needed to support the final choice of options.

Impact Reduction in damages and losses from future floods
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved decision making process for integrated water resources management focusing on flood management
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Guidelines and Checklists for Water Management Programs and Projects adopted

2. Guidelines and Management Information System for Monitoring Implementation and Evaluating Impacts of Water Management Programs and Projects installed

3. Framework for Water resources assessment of Yom River basin proposed

4. Appropriate methodology and approach for systems analysis study of surface and ground water in Yom River basin proposed

5. Yom River basin consultative process and participation mechanism strengthened

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

The TA completion date was extended by another 6 months to end on 30 September 2015.

The Quater 3 Progress Report was submitted to ADB and is in the process of reviewing.

The recent workshops held under the TA for 2015 included 1) Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management: Charting the Path Forward for IWRM in Thailand organized on 15-16 January in Bangkok, Thailand; 2) IWRM Advanced Modelling Training Workshop held during 2-13 February in Bangkok; and 3) Prioritizing Strategies for IWRM in Mae Ta sub-basin of the Yom River basin organized on 18-19 March in Phrae Province.

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 2 International consultants (5 person-months of input), 2 national consultants (22 person-months of input) and firm consultant (59 person-months of input)
Responsible ADB Officer Luxmon Attapich
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Thailand Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
National Economic and Social Dev. Board962 Krung Kasem Road
Bangkok 10100
Thailand
Timetable
Concept Clearance 04 Jun 2012
Fact Finding 08 Jun 2012 to 22 Jun 2012
MRM -
Approval 11 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2015

TA 8267-THA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2012 10 Jan 2013 10 Jan 2013 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 11 Dec 2012 774,041.81
Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2012

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