The ultimate impact of the proposed Project will be an increased social and economic development and reduced risk of flooding to the lives and livelihoods of people in flood-prone areas of the country. The main outcome of the TA will be a comprehensive investment project proposal aimed at minimizing the risks from flooding to the lives and livelihoods of rural communities along the Pyanj River in Khatlon Province. The specific outcomes of the TA will be (i) a review, assessment and identification of cost-effective and sustainable flood protection works; (ii) identification of effective flood preparedness and flood response strategies at the national level and in the project area; and (iii) formulation of a flood management investment project and institutional development components consistent with ADB's safeguard and sector policies.
|Project Name||Khatlon Province Flood Management Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Knowledge solutions
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural flood protection
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The ultimate impact of the proposed Project will be an increased social and economic development and reduced risk of flooding to the lives and livelihoods of people in flood-prone areas of the country. The main outcome of the TA will be a comprehensive investment project proposal aimed at minimizing the risks from flooding to the lives and livelihoods of rural communities along the Pyanj River in Khatlon Province. The specific outcomes of the TA will be (i) a review, assessment and identification of cost-effective and sustainable flood protection works; (ii) identification of effective flood preparedness and flood response strategies at the national level and in the project area; and (iii) formulation of a flood management investment project and institutional development components consistent with ADB's safeguard and sector policies.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Tajikistan's mountainous geography and variable climate contribute to high incidence of small-scale, but high impact natural calamities such as floods and landslides. The Pianj River valley is one of the most flood prone areas, where during the months June and July, the river water flow increases, flows up the adjacent cultivated land, and damages irrigation and drinking water supplies, private properties, and public infrastructure. This frequent destruction of the capital stock contributes to the persistent poverty in the area (Khatlon Province). Temporary protection works annually re-constructed by the government agencies, are limited in scope due to the lack of funds, and are not adequate for preventing flooding from higher river flows.
CSP's (2004-2008) main objectives are to: (i) strengthen rural development through institution building, (ii) rehabilitate power and rural infrastructure, and (iii) strengthen regional cooperation through improved customs services and transport links. CSP also identifies natural disasters as unforeseen planning risk that regularly affect Tajikistan. CSP thus suggests that ADB should be flexible in emergency situations, while pressing for initiatives aimed to improve disaster preparedness including better zoning of economic activities and settlements, and infrastructure design that reduce adverse impact of natural disasters. In the past, the government focused more on disaster response measures rather than on prevention. The Government now acknowledges the need to make a shift from the current response-oriented focus to disaster risk reduction, mitigation and preparedness.
In August 2005, ADB received a letter from Tajikistan's Prime Minister, informing of the severe flood that occurred in the Pianj River on 24 and 25 June 2005, destroying some 20 kilometers of river bank protection works, 24 bridges, major irrigation canals, and other infrastructure, affecting a large number of population in Khatlon region, particularly in Mir Said Ali Hamadoni and Farhor districts. The Government reported that some 16,000 people have been evacuated, and more than 600 families lost their homes. The Government requested ADB for assistance for the rehabilitation of the Pianj River protection works and destroyed public infrastructure (e.g. irrigation canals, potable water supplies, assess roads and bridges). This matter was also part of the high level dialogue between the President of Tajikistan and the President of ADB, during the November 2005 visit to Tajikistan.
In accordance with ADB's Disaster and Emergency Assistance Policy, restructuring of ADB resources within and across existing projects and sectors could be used for financing emergency rehabilitation works. For the agriculture sector, the loan portfolio in Tajikistan consists of two loans funded from ADB's special funds resources. Loan 1980: Agriculture Rehabilitation Project (ARP) and Loan 2124 Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (IRP). It has been already agreed with the Government that some $6.5 million from the ARP loan funds will be reallocated to the emergency rehabilitation of Dehkanabad canal through a minor change in scope of ARP. Regarding the comprehensive rehabilitation of the Pianj River protection works, since: (i) the preliminary cost estimates' clearly indicate that the required funds are beyond the possible restructuring of the existing ADB portfolio; (ii) the proposed protection works need to be subject to thorough engineering, social, and environmental studies, and economic and financial analysis, and (iii) the construction works would be undertaken close to the border with Afghanistan, which may involve international coordination, it is proposed that a PPTA needs to be launched to initiate the preparation of a new loan project, as discussed below.
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|Consulting Services||The technical assistance will finance (i) 13 person-months of services by international consultants with expertise in flood management, embankment design, hydraulic structures, river morphology, environment, and economics; and (ii) 45 person-months of services by domestic consultants with expertise in embankment design, sediment control, hydrology, river morphology, flood preparedness, social and poverty analysis, community mobilization, environment, economics, legal and institutional aspects, geographic information systems and financial management. The consultants will be engaged through an international consulting firm. ADB will select and engage the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. In view of highly technical and complex tasks, related, for example, to the morphologically highly active river system without adequate data, and the difficulty in projecting future floods against the changing climate, selection of consultants will follow ADB's quality-based selection method using the full technical proposals. Computers and other equipment financed under the TA will be procured by the consultants in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines and transferred to MWRLR after completion of the TA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tambunan, Binsar P.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Energy Division, CWRD|
Agency of Land Reclamation and Irrigation
Mr. Abdukohir Nazirov, Minister
5/1 Shamci Street Dushanbe Tajikistan
|Concept Clearance||06 Feb 2006|
|Fact Finding||16 Mar 2006 to 01 Apr 2006|
|Approval||29 Jun 2006|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||17 Apr 2006|
|Last PDS Update||28 Oct 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|29 Jun 2006||02 Aug 2006||02 Aug 2006||30 Apr 2007||30 Jun 2007||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||0.00||122,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||622,000.00||29 Jun 2006||473,513.57|
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