Regional: Preparing for Climate Action South Asia

Sovereign Project | 46470-002

Summary

The proposed TA will support the preparation of the Climate Action South Asia (CASA) initiative for strengthening South Asia DMCs capacity in climate risk screening of development investments as well as undertaking climate-resilient and low-carbon development projects and programs. CASA has preliminarily identified four pillars based on initial consultations with stakeholders, namely (i) strengthening climate risk assessment and screening, (ii) strengthening country programming to enhance climate change investments, (iii) establishing a transformation-driven capacity building program in South Asia DMCs, and (iv) enhancing knowledge management and best practices sharing. A regional capability development TA is expected to be prepared and implemented to support these four pillars.

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Project Name Preparing for Climate Action South Asia
Project Number 46470-002
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8292-REG: Preparing for Climate Action South Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management

Education - Secondary

Energy - Energy efficiency and conservation

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The proposed TA will support the preparation of the Climate Action South Asia (CASA) initiative for strengthening South Asia DMCs capacity in climate risk screening of development investments as well as undertaking climate-resilient and low-carbon development projects and programs. CASA has preliminarily identified four pillars based on initial consultations with stakeholders, namely (i) strengthening climate risk assessment and screening, (ii) strengthening country programming to enhance climate change investments, (iii) establishing a transformation-driven capacity building program in South Asia DMCs, and (iv) enhancing knowledge management and best practices sharing. A regional capability development TA is expected to be prepared and implemented to support these four pillars.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The impacts of climate change pose serious economic threats to South Asia developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in a time when rapid and sustained economic growth is necessary to reduce poverty and achieve other millennium development goals. It is expected that the region will continue to experience climate induced extreme weather events and natural disasters compromising the stability and prosperity of South Asia DMCs. Economic losses in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, urban, water and coastal are expected to be significant, rendering economic growth and sustainable development targets harder to achieve. On the other hand, the existing resource and energy intensive paths to economic development responsible for increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally that induces climate change are not sustainable in an era of accentuated climate risks. Actions are, therefore, needed to steer the direction of the economies of DMCs toward climate-resilient and low-carbon development.
Impact South Asia DMCs have increased institutional capacity to manage the impacts of climate change
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Well-informed design for an assistance framework for South Asia DMCs to address climate change impacts.
Progress Toward Outcome A technical writter/editor was hired to finalize the last few remaining knowledge products to be prpared under the SSTA.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Pilot testing of risk screening methodology

Guidance note for a regional climate change capacity development action plan for South Asia DMCs.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The Screening framework is being continued to be piloted in SARD projects. The guidance note was finalized earlier this year (2015)
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 The screening tool developed under the RETA was compared to other screening tools available. Results will be used to evaluate the type, validity and usefulness of information provided in the screening reports.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The consultants will be selected and engaged on an individual basis in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement All equipment needed for the execution of the TA by the consultants will be procured according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time) and turned over to ADB upon TA completion.
Responsible ADB Officer Liping Zheng
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 14 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Aug 2015

TA 8292-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2012 - 14 Dec 2012 31 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 14 Dec 2012 178,888.90

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