Project Name Adapting to Climate Change through Integrated Water Resources Management
Project Number 46463-002
Country Bhutan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8623-BHU: Adapting to Climate Change through Integrated Water Resources Management
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Multi-Donor Trust Fund under the Water Financing Partnership Facility US$ 250,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) project will support the National Environment Commission (NEC) and other relevant government agencies to implement specific elements of the 2011 Water Act and related Water Regulation (to be approved), and promote IWRM to facilitate effective river basin management and strengthen resilience to current variability and anticipated impacts of future climate change.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Government of Bhutan identifies integrated water resources management (IWRM) as a cross-cutting objective of the environment sector in the Tenth (2008-2013) and draft Eleventh (2014-2019) Five-Year Plans (FYPs), and has enacted the 2011 Water Act founded on the principles of IWRM. IWRM is to play an important role in Bhutan: facilitating the sustainable development of Bhutan's vast hydro-power resources while protecting the quality of the country's watersheds; addressing water scarcity issues for drinking and agriculture; and managing the risk of water induced disasters.
Impact Climate-adaptive water resource management is adopted

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Institutional capacity for IWRM is improved
Progress Toward Outcome Successful completion of the outputs has improved Bhutan's institutional capacity for IWRM.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

NIWRMP is finalized

River Basin Management Plan for one priority major river basin is finalized

The National Irrigation Master Plan is finalized

Water resources governance strengthened

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

The National Integrated Water Resources Management Plan (NIWRMP) analyses a number of water-related issues, as well as the governance and legal framework in the context of IWRM.

The Wangchhu Basin Management Plan (WBMP) which contains baseline data and targets for water security indicators to be incorporated in the next Five Year Plans.

The National Irrigation Master Plan (NIMP) aims to increase the national level of paddy self-sufficiency from 50% to 75% at an estimated cost of USD 140 million.

Priority-recommendations to enhance institutional capacity of government agencies were developed and submitted to the Government for consideration.

Knowledge Products developed include 'Water: Securing Bhutan's Future" and technical papers on the TA's experience with water policies and governance mechanisms. An online Water Resources Management Information System was developed to document the main project results.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation missions have been fielded and met with government agencies, NGOs, and developing partners to discuss their current and planned activities in the water resources sector that may be relevant to the planned technical assistance and to understand their views on the key focal areas of the TA.
During Project Implementation

Considering the TA's primary focus on IWRM and the inherent need for cross-sectoral involvement, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed to provide the platform to guide and advice the TA team and to endorse TA outputs. The guidance and feedback received from the TAC was very valuable in particular for selection of priority basin, developing the framework for the RBC, and the Bhutan Water Security Index System.

The feedback received from national and regional stakeholder consultation workshops was also useful because they ensured that the project outputs related to the realities on the ground.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A team of experts was hired and mobilized on 10 September 2014. Inputs will comprise 50 person months (pm) from international and 30 pm from national specialists in the areas of institutional strengthening, capacity development, and communications; integrated water resources management; geographic information systems, remote sensing and database; climate change modeling; river basin modeling; hudraulic structures; irrigation planning; water law; social development; and economics.
Procurement No major procurement under the TA is envisaged. If any, these will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (March 2013 as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Gore, Lance W.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
National Environment Commission
Ugyen Tshewang, Secretary
[email protected], [email protected]
Royal Government of Bhutan P.O.Box 466 Thimphu, Bhutan


Concept Clearance 28 Jun 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval 28 Feb 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Aug 2016

TA 8623-BHU

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Feb 2014 26 Mar 2014 26 Mar 2014 31 Dec 2015 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,750,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 28 Feb 2014 1,624,676.59

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