Regional: Preparing for Climate Action South Asia

Sovereign Project | 46470-002 Status: Closed

Summary

The proposed TA supports the implementation of the Climate Action South Asia (CASA) initiative for strengthening the capacity of South Asia DMCs in four key pillars of climate-resilient development: (i) climate risk assessment and screening; (ii) country programming to enhance climate change investments; (iii) transformation-driven capacity building program; and (iv) knowledge management and best practices sharing.

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Project Name Preparing for Climate Action South Asia
Project Number 46470-002
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
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 No gender elements
Description The proposed TA supports the implementation of the Climate Action South Asia (CASA) initiative for strengthening the capacity of South Asia DMCs in four key pillars of climate-resilient development: (i) climate risk assessment and screening; (ii) country programming to enhance climate change investments; (iii) transformation-driven capacity building program; and (iv) knowledge management and best practices sharing.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The impacts of climate change pose serious economic threats to South Asia DMCs in a time when rapid and sustained economic growth is necessary to reduce poverty and achieve other millennium development goals. 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 climate change risk screening framework has been developed and piloted on about 100 pipeline projects and TAs in 2014 and 2015. The TA has also supported the conduct of national consultations/discussions with concerned in-country stakeholders regarding national capacity requirements for mainstreaming climate change. The TA has also come up with knowledge products on select climate change issues in South Asia and key TA activities.
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) With the TA's completion date on 31 December 2015, the climate change risk screening framework continues to be applied on pipeline projects to date through the regional capacity development TA, Action on Climate Change in South Asia, and is continually being improved through peer review and feedback mechanisms. TA completion report has already been prepared.
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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Liping Zheng
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 14 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

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 200,416.70

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