Sri Lanka: Strengthening Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation

Sovereign Project | 43173-012 Status: Closed



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Project Name Strengthening Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation
Project Number 43173-012
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7326-SRI: Strengthening Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation
Climate Change Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description TBD
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Climate change is likely to threaten the significant achievements Sri Lanka has made in the last 20 years in increasing incomes and reducing poverty. Climate change and variability pose significant threats to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially those related to eliminating poverty and hunger, ensuring food and health security, human rights and promoting environmental sustainability. Climate change induced vulnerability and natural disasters has also amplified the problems of environmental degradation and has led to serious deterioration of ecosystems goods and services, adding yet another dimension to the persistence of poverty. Attempts to reduce poverty will only be sustainable over the longer term if they also address climate change issues in the development process. The challenge facing Sri Lanka is the scale up of investments in order to secure the socio-economic development and well-being of its people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable groups. There remains a large disparity in the level of education, information and awareness on climate change risks, issues and responses at the regional, national and local levels, and within vulnerable sectors. An important focus of the Sri Lanka CPS 2009-2011, approved in October 2008, is to: (I) strengthen capacity at line agencies to implement environmental and social safeguards, and (ii) promote climate change initiatives.
Impact The impact of the TA will be increased resilience within Sri Lanka to climate change impacts in support of sustainable economic development and conservation of the natural environment.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome The TA will improve the effectiveness of environmental management and better organize concerned stakeholders to address climate change, resulting in an enabling strategy for climate change adaptation, with increased public awareness, and strengthened institutional capacities of the concerned agencies. In the process ADB investments in Sri Lanka will be less vulnerable to climate change impacts and climate change resilience will be mainstreamed as part of the development process.
Progress Toward Outcome

1. Completed Mid-term Review (MTR) Mission (6-9 September 2010) to Colombo and:

(i) supported consultations and further development of work plan/activities of the TA with the executing agency (EA) , namely, Ministry of Environment (MOE), Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and CDTA Consultants and

(ii) held in-depth meetings including a wrap-up with the EA, External Resources Department (ERD), GOSL and other related stakeholders from related line agencies;

2. Participated in the CDTA Final Workshop (16-17 November 2010) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop attracted strong stakeholder participation and included senior representation from GOSL from the main line agencies, namely, water, power, transport, urban development, tourism and also ADB.

3. The workshop show-cased the main TA outputs including the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (CCAS), information, education and communication and the Sector Vulnerability profiles. All TA outputs were endorsed and acknowledgement provided by stakeholders of the quality and timeliness of delivery.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The major outputs envisaged under the TA are:

a.Country-driven consultation process with key stakeholders at the national and local levels to develop a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience and medium-term investment plan.

b. Education, information, and awareness strategy developed to increase understanding of climate change adaptation risks and appropriate adaptation responses at the national, local and community levels, and promote support for public spending for climate change adaptation.

c.National and State-level inter-ministerial consultation workshops led by Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) and Ministry of Finance to (a) showcase international best practices in accessing concessionary financing for adaptation measures and lessons learned internationally to access concessionary funding in support of national climate change adaptation programs; (b) identify priority adaptation measures in the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience that could be considered for international concessionary financing; (c) develop strategy and implementation plan for accessing concessionary financing in support of priority adaptation measures under the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience.

d. Partners Forum convened by MENR and Ministry of Finance and other government agencies to showcase Strategic Program for Climate Resilience and medium-term investment plan and tap concessional funding in support of priority adaptation measures.

e. Report on proceedings of Partners Forum, and development of implementation program to ensure timely disbursement of concessional funding in support of priority adaptation measures outlined in the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience and medium-term investment plan.

f. Climate change education, information, and awareness strategy implemented at the national, local and community levels, and promote support for public spending for climate change adaptation.

g. Climate change risk management training programs conducted with environmental officers in Provincial Councils and 311 Local Authorities.

h. Climate change risk management activities undertaken by environmental officers in Provincial Councils and 311 Local Authorities.

Present Status:

Recruitment of individual consultants under the TA is under progress. Team Leader has been recruited and he has been mobilized

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

(i) Completion of MTR mission (6-9 September 2010);

(ii) Participation in TA Final Workshop (16-17 November 2010) at Colombo;

(iii) GOSL endorsement of Climate Change Adaptation Strategy provided;

(iv) Dissemination of TA outputs successful based on wide and high level participation of stakeholders and high media interest and coverage of the event.

Geographical Location Sri Lanka

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design tbd
During Project Implementation tbd

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Samarasekara, Vidhisha
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Dr. W.L. Sumathipala
[email protected]
980/4, Wickramasinghe Road, Ethul-Kotte, Kotte


Concept Clearance 21 Apr 2009
Fact Finding 25 May 2009 to 03 Jun 2009
Approval 05 Aug 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 04 Jun 2009
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2011

TA 7326-SRI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Aug 2009 07 Sep 2009 07 Sep 2009 31 Aug 2010 31 Mar 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
700,000.00 0.00 175,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 875,000.00 05 Aug 2009 499,755.68

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