The regional technical assistance (the RETA) impact will be improved water resources management in the Pyanj River Basin and most immediately, reduced negative impacts from floods and bank erosion. The RETA outcome will be improved knowledge, increased capacity, and strengthened institutions for planning and management of the Pyanj River Basin with a focus on flood management. The RETA will have the immediate result of improved flood forecasting, planning for structural and nonstructural flood control structures, better preparedness for flood warning and emergency response, and overall improved capacity for basin management. This will provide significant economic, social, and environmental benefits, especially for the flood prone areas of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
|Project Name||Pyanj River Basin Flood Management|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban flood protection - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
|Description||The regional technical assistance (the RETA) impact will be improved water resources management in the Pyanj River Basin and most immediately, reduced negative impacts from floods and bank erosion. The RETA outcome will be improved knowledge, increased capacity, and strengthened institutions for planning and management of the Pyanj River Basin with a focus on flood management. The RETA will have the immediate result of improved flood forecasting, planning for structural and nonstructural flood control structures, better preparedness for flood warning and emergency response, and overall improved capacity for basin management. This will provide significant economic, social, and environmental benefits, especially for the flood prone areas of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The improved knowledge base and capacity development supported through the RETA will provide significant benefits not only for Afghanistan and Tajikistan but will benefit all the countries in the Amu Darya Basin as they work together for greater cooperation and more effective management of Amu Darya water resources.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The proposed RETA is intended to address river basin and flood management issues on the Pyanj River Basin through the establishment of a formal working relationship between the Governments of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and preparation of a joint Flood Management Master Plan.|
|Impact||Improved water resources management and development in the Pyanj River Basin, and reduced erosion risks.|
|Description of Outcome||Improved knowledge, increased capacity, and strengthened institutions for planning and managing the Pyanj River Basin with a focus on flood management.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The RETA outputs have been delivered and have contributed to an improved understanding of data needs and management in the Pyanj River Basin, improved capacity in planning for flood management, and improved bilateral cooperation.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Overall assessment of the needs and plan for basin information collection and management, MIS, GIS management tools, protocols for data sharing between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and selected studies and surveys addressing hydrology, the hydrometeorology network, river morphology, and social and economic data
2. Pyanj River Basin flood management master plan that is supported by improved data for hydrology and morphology, institutional and capacity assessments of flood-related agencies, flood and hazard mapping, scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for flood management interventions, socioeconomic data, and
plans and procedures to improve flood management and emergency response
3. Establishment of steering committee, policy recommendations, development of bilateral agreements supporting flood management and other basin issues, establishment of a technical secretariat and a related program of work, and establishment of community exchange committees.
4. Capacity development for the steering committee on basin management,capacity development in flood and basin management for MEW and MLWLR staff, and capacity development in flood management and emergency response for local and national stakeholders
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
1. The RETA has (i) established a hydro-meteorological database covering initially Tajikistan territory, supported by up-to-date data (end of 2009); (ii) developed a Knowledge Base: a self-contained and interactive GIS-based database, containing relevant information for improved flood management; (iii) acquired historical satellite imageries (Hamadoni and Kumsangir reaches of the Pyanj river), and analyzed morphological changes of the Pyanj River, providing necessary data for the development of a flood management plan, included in the Knowledge Base; (iv) initiated a study on climate change impacts on glacier coverage in the Pamir region, to establish an initial estimate of potential long-term hydrological changes in the Pyanj river basin.
2. The RETA has completed a Pyanj River Basin flood management master plan, based on studies of the morphology and hydrology of the Pyanj River, and lessons-learned.
3. The governments of Afghanistan and Tajikistan signed an Agreement on Cooperation in Water Development and Administration of the Pyanj River and Amudarya between Afghanistan and Tajikistan on 25 October 2010 in Kabul. A joint workshop held in December 2010 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, brought together officials from both countries to discuss matters of flood management in the Pyanj River Basin. This workshop yielded recommendations for effective cooperation and management of floods in the Pyanj River Basin.
4. The consultant organized in-house training on the use of Chinese Weather Satellite System to the State Agency for Hydrometeorology of Tajikistan, and officials in both countries were trained on the use of the knowledge base.
5. Technical study tour to Yellow River Conservancy Commission, People's Republic of China from 3-9 July 2011 with delegates from Afghanistan, Tajikistan and staff from Getinsa, Ingeniera was completed.
6. Two short video clips entitled Living with the Pyanj River and Meeting the Climate Challenge have been produced.
7. Final Report was received on 3 November 2011.
8. The TA Financially closed on 20 July 2012.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||.|
|During Project Implementation||.|
|Consulting Services||It is anticipated that the PPTA will require about 40 person months of international consulting input and 94 person months of domestic persons months starting in early 2008 for duration of about 8 months. The following fields of expertise for consulting service will be required: (i) flood engineer, planning and management, (ii) hydrology and hydrometeorology systems, (iii) river morphology, (iv) geographic information systems, (v) economic analysis, (vi) environment, and (vii) social assessment and resettlement.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tambunan, Binsar P.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD|
Agency of Land Reclamation and Irrigation
Ministry of Water Resources and Land Reclamation, 5/1, Shamsi Street, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 734064 Asian Development Bank
Energy and Natural Resources Division, Central and West Asia Department, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550 Metro Manila, Philippines Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources
Mohammad Ismail Khan
Ministry of Energy and Water
|Concept Clearance||29 Oct 2007|
|Fact Finding||28 Jul 2007 to 04 Aug 2007|
|Approval||28 Mar 2008|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||13 Dec 2007|
|Last PDS Update||28 Sep 2012|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|28 Mar 2008||-||28 Mar 2008||30 Nov 2010||30 Apr 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,600,000.00||0.00||100,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,700,000.00||28 Mar 2008||1,526,810.88|
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