To further support the implementation of Government strategies in the water sector, the TA will (i) assess the existing O&M planning and financing procedures, institutional setup and capacities; (ii) propose alternative management arrangements, including public-private partnerships (PPPs) and public-community partnerships that would manage and operate the systems (e.g., private sector operators, NGOs, civil contractors, joint management by local government institutions, etc); (iii) propose innovative arrangement for O&M planning performance monitoring taking account of the legal implications, and contractual and financial risks; and (iv) propose alternative o&M financing to make up the difference between O&M requirements and available funding.
|Project Name||Developing Innovative Approaches to Management of Major Irrigation Systems|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Irrigation
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||To further support the implementation of Government strategies in the water sector, the TA will (i) assess the existing O&M planning and financing procedures, institutional setup and capacities; (ii) propose alternative management arrangements, including public-private partnerships (PPPs) and public-community partnerships that would manage and operate the systems (e.g., private sector operators, NGOs, civil contractors, joint management by local government institutions, etc); (iii) propose innovative arrangement for O&M planning performance monitoring taking account of the legal implications, and contractual and financial risks; and (iv) propose alternative o&M financing to make up the difference between O&M requirements and available funding.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Some 44% of the Bangladesh poor live in rural areas with low agricultural productivity and unreliable food supplies. Therefore, promoting agricultural growth is a critical element of the Government?s strategy aimed at food security and poverty alleviation. Efficient and sustainable irrigation systems are central to boosting agricultural productivity and encouraging livelihood diversification.
ADB supports Government's efforts to expand access to irrigation, decentralize irrigation system planning, implementation and management, and foster sustainable O&M by encouraging stakeholder empowerment and efficient public investment in large and small-scale water management schemes.
ADB also provides assistance for the implementation of the National Water Policy (NWPo) and National Water Management Plan (NWMP), both encompassing key principles of integrated water resource management and active user participation in water management.
Key constraints to the sustainable performance and productibvity of large-scale water management systems in Banglades include: (i) limited experience in efficient and participatory management; and (ii) inadequate O&M planning and funding mechanisms that result in chronic system deterioration.
To address these matters and to further support the implementation of Government strategies in the water sector, a technical assistance: ?Developing Innovative Approaches to Management of Major Irrigation Systems? will be implemented. The TA will: (i) assess the existing O&M planning and financing procedures, institutional setup and capacities; (ii) propose alternative management arrangements at the main, secondary and tertiary system levels, including participation of beneficiaries, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and independent entities that would manage and operate the systems (e.g. private sector operators, autonomous authorities, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), civil contractors, joint management by local government institutions, etc.); (iii) develop alternative O&M financing arrangements to make up the difference between the actual O&M requirements and the currently available funding; (iv) propose innovative arrangements for O&M planning, participatory implementation and performance monitoring taking account of the legal implications, and contractual and financial risks.
|Impact||Support to the operationalization of NWPo and implementation of the NWMP and the Guidelines for Participatory Water Management (GPWPM) to enhance the performance of major irrigation schemes.|
|Description of Outcome||Effective and sustainable implementation of the ensuing loan project with active participation of beneficiaries, private sector operators, and local government institutions.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Ensuing loan will be process this 2011.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Regulatory and institutional measures for participatory O&M planning and implementation developed.
2. Sustainable models for O&M planning, implementation, and funding by beneficiariesand the Government
3. Innovative mechanisms for efficient management and O&M of major irrigation systems designed.
4. Overall project scope including detailed implementation and management arrangements developed and agreed with the Government.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR) and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) support for the proposed specialized management unit (SMU) to be piloted at Muhuri Irrigation Subproject. Topographic survey will be done within 3 months|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation||Consultations have commenced on individual subprojects with BWDB, local government, farmers and pump operators. Detailed discussions held with Barind Multipurpose Development Authority.|
|Consulting Services||Consulting services will be provided for a total of 41-person months, comprising 12 person-months of international consultants, and 29 person-months of national consultants - (i) International: O&M Specialist (Team Leader); Water Management Institutions Specialist, Procurement Management Specialist, Adviser Policy and Regulatory Framework, Project Economics and Finance and PPP Specialist; (ii) National: Water Resources Specialist (Deputy Team Leader), O&M Engineer, Procurement Specialist, Insitutional Specialist, Planning and Implementation Specialist, Social Development and Resettlement, Financial Specialist, Environmentalist, Project Economist, and Legal Specialist.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Siddiqi, Yasmin S.|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD|
Bangladesh Water Development Board
Mr. A. K. Azad
WAPDA Building, Motijheel Commercial Area. Dhaka -1000, Bangladesh
|Concept Clearance||18 Sep 2008|
|Fact Finding||02 Sep 2008 to 11 Sep 2008|
|Approval||30 Mar 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||16 Jul 2008|
|Last PDS Update||09 May 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 Mar 2009||30 Dec 2009||30 Dec 2009||28 Feb 2010||30 Jun 2011||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|750,000.00||0.00||130,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||880,000.00||30 Mar 2009||647,118.91|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Developing Innovative Approaches to Management of Major Irrigation Systems||TA Completion Reports||Oct 2012|
|Developing Innovative Approaches to Management of Major Irrigation Systems||Technical Assistance Reports||Mar 2009|
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Water and Irrigation Management in BangladeshThe Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has taken a bold step forward to initiate a new approach which, if successfully implemented, could be replicated in other major irrigation systems.
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