This TA seeks to develop a regional climate projections consortium for the provision of robust climate information and supporting services, as well as to develop and deliver decision-oriented climate data and projections, and enhance technical capacity of the implementing agencies in the four pilot countries (India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand). A wide range of activities, including consultation and analysis of needs for climate information and capacity strengthening, targeted climate modeling and model performance evaluation, scenario analyses, thematic training, communications and outreach, are planned to deliver the following outputs: (i)a regional Climate Projections Consortium for Asia and the Pacific; (ii) climate information products and services for pilot countries, and general knowledge products for all DMCs, and (iii) enhanced technical capacity for developing and applying climate information products and services.
|Project Name||Regional Climate Projections Consortium and Data Facility in Asia and the Pacific|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation
Energy / Conventional energy generation - Electricity transmission and distribution - Energy efficiency and conservation - Large hydropower generation
Health / Health system development
Transport / Air transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Urban public transport - Water transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban slum development - Urban water supply
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||This TA seeks to develop a regional climate projections consortium for the provision of robust climate information and supporting services, as well as to develop and deliver decision-oriented climate data and projections, and enhance technical capacity of the implementing agencies in the four pilot countries (India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand). A wide range of activities, including consultation and analysis of needs for climate information and capacity strengthening, targeted climate modeling and model performance evaluation, scenario analyses, thematic training, communications and outreach, are planned to deliver the following outputs: (i)a regional Climate Projections Consortium for Asia and the Pacific; (ii) climate information products and services for pilot countries, and general knowledge products for all DMCs, and (iii) enhanced technical capacity for developing and applying climate information products and services.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The absence of scientifically credible climate information, and of clear guidelines for its interpretation and use, have been identified as strong impediments to the robust assessment of risks related to climate change, and to the design and implementation of effective adaptation and development projects within Asia and the Pacific. The proposed TA is designed to address these issues and to lay a solid foundation for the development of regional public goods and services in the form of scientifically robust and decision-oriented climate data and projections in a cost-effective fashion through the establishment of a regional consortium.|
|Impact||Improved planning process for climate resilient development in selected DMCs under a changing climate|
|Description of Outcome||Improved climate-resilient program and project design in selected DMCs|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
The implementation phase is nearly complete, and most of the activities that are part of the three TA outputs have been completed. Through the TA , a community of practice through a consortium was developed to provide reliable climate information, capacity to interpret and use it, and technical and financial resources in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
The project's focus on learning by doing and collaborative development of the Consortium and Portal has fostered regional ownership and will help achieve better quality analysis for investments in impact and mitigation projects through ADB loans.
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. A regional climate projections consortium for Asia and the Pacific that provides technical analyses and advice on the development and application of climate projections
2. Climate information products and services for pilot countries, and related knowledge products for all DMCs
3. Enhanced technical capacity for developing and applying climate information products and services in DMCs
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The Consortium was officially established during the TA inception workshop in July 2015 and was initially comprised of national representatives from relevant implementing agencies and the project's national consultants from the three pilot countries (the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand).
A business plan is being developed for the operations and long-term sustainability of the Consortium. The draft was discussed at the country workshops held in 2016 and is expected to be finalized in June 2017.
The country implementing agencies in the TA target countries include (i) the Bureau of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics in Indonesia; (ii) the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (iii) the Thai Meteorological Department.
The Consortium implemented a data portal to provide access to a range of regional climate projection information. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) with Griffith University delivered the initial platform for analysis of climate change information. The platform first functioned as a basic repository for storing collected data and information, with modifications based on user feedback and preferences. It will undergo further modifications based on the final business plan.
The following KPs have been developed and incorporated in the portal: case studies, Guidelines for Use of Climate Projections, and Guidelines for IAV. Additional KPS will be developed once the change in scope to use the remaining TA money is approved.
The Consortium provided capacity building focusing on the development, interpretation and application of climate information in the pilot countries, primarily through the national consultants. This occurred through workshops, partnering between national and international consultants, development of training modules and manuals, and through some example case studies. The case studies chosen were determined during the inception phase.
Establishing sustainable local practitioner groups (networks) in association with implementation agencies was a key approach to capacity building. Sustainability of capacity building efforts was encouraged by enabling the local practitioner networks to learn via doing where appropriate. This helped build local ownership of assessment methodologies and TA outputs.
A regional workshop organized by ADB and the Thai Meteorological Department was held on 2-4 May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand; over 60 participants from Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam government departments and research organizations participated and learned, including through case studies, how to access and use climate information for climate resilient development in the region.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sinha Roy, Arghya|
|Responsible ADB Department||SDTC|
|Responsible ADB Division||SDCD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||15 Nov 2012|
|Approval||24 Apr 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Sep 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|24 Apr 2013||-||24 Apr 2013||31 Mar 2015||30 Sep 2017||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,964,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,964,000.00||24 Apr 2013||1,020,281.99|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Regional Climate Projections Consortium and Data Facility||Technical Assistance Reports||Apr 2013|
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