Regional: Action on Climate Change in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 46470-001 Status: Active

Summary

The TA aims to further enhance the capacity of South Asia DMCs in managing the impacts of climate change by effectively transitioning to a low-carbon and climate-resilient development path. This will be achieved through the following TA outputs: 1) strengthening screening of investment projects against climate risks, and 2) strengthening the DMCs' capacity to develop and implement climate change strategies and action plans.

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Project Name Action on Climate Change in South Asia
Project Number 46470-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8572-REG: Action on Climate Change in South Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.33 million
TA 8572-REG: Action on Climate Change in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 8572-REG: Action on Climate Change in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Rural flood protection

Energy - Energy efficiency and conservation - Large hydropower generation - Renewable energy generation - solar

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Urban public transport

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban flood protection - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA aims to further enhance the capacity of South Asia DMCs in managing the impacts of climate change by effectively transitioning to a low-carbon and climate-resilient development path. This will be achieved through the following TA outputs: 1) strengthening screening of investment projects against climate risks, and 2) strengthening the DMCs' capacity to develop and implement climate change strategies and action plans.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy South Asia is projected to experience extreme weather conditions, and change in the frequency and intensity of natural hazards as a result of climate change. Economic losses due to these changes are expected to be significant, rendering growth targets hard to achieve. Although a significant number of initiatives, both government-led and coming from international development asistance are being implemented, recent experiences from climate-induced disasters show that more support is needed, especially by poor and developing countries, to cope with the impacts of climate change.
Impact Successful transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient development path by South Asia DMCs

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome South Asia DMCs have increased investment and institutional capacity to manage the impacts of climate change
Progress Toward Outcome

Projects being processed by the department are screened against climate risks. Advise is provided on how to "climate proof" or enhance project resilience by changing project design and/or through the use of more appropriate technology.

Country concept notes that provides the detailed activities that the TA will implement to improve institutional capacity. These activities are demand-driven. They have been developed in close coordination with the DMCs, and represent the priority of the government in terms of climate change activities.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Screening of investment projects against climate risks strengthened.

2. Capacity of DMCs in developing and/or implementing climate change strategies and action plans strengthened

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

Output 1: Recruitment of the mitigation specialist is being done to further improve the mitigation framework completed in 2014-2015. The framework focuses on identifying climate and disaster related risks in all SARD projects and uses this information to formulate recommendations for a more detailed study of adaptation options. About 100 pipeline projects and TAs were screened against climate risks in 2014 and 2015. The project team is provided a screening report that includes a preliminary evaluation of climate risks and natural hazards that may affect the project lifespan and efficacy, and recommends adaptation options to address climate risks found to be significant. The TA has also drafted a framework for estimating GHG emissions at the project level, including guidelines for identifying appropriate climate mitigation measures. The framework is under review.

Output 2: Country concept notes are now being finalized. Designed to implement country-led climate change-related capacity building activities that are within the TA's scope and build towards ADB's climate change goals. The concept notes for Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka have been finalized and approved for funding under the regional TA. The Bangladesh concept note is currently in the final stages of review and approval.

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Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with the appropriate government ministries in the South Asia DMCs found that a holistic and coordinated capacity development program, along with support for technology transfer and best practices sharing, will enable them to: (i) more effectively and strategically incorporate climate change in the planning, design and implementation of policies, projects and programs; and (ii) accelerate uptake of adaptation and mitigation activities towards increasing their overall capacity to cope with climate change.
During Project Implementation TA implementation inception meetings and national consultation workshops were conducted in the South Asia DMCs. The latter provided the venue to identify priority climate change-related activities for which the respective governments require support, and which are in line with the TA's outputs and can potentially be funded under the TA.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will be implemented for 54 months tentatively from January 2014 to July 2018. It will require approximately 96 person-months of international and 270 person-months of national consulting services in the areas of climate change (i) adaptation and impact assessment, (ii) risk assessment and screening, (iii) geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing; (iv) mitigation, (v) knowledge development and management, (vi) sector planning and investment, (vii) institutional capacity development and training, and other sector specialists depending on the nature of projects in the pipeline. Consultants will be engaged on an individual basis and/or through a firm. The institutional capacity development and training specialists will be recruited through a firm using quality- and cost-based selection with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10. Consultant selection will be done according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Disbursements will conform to ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement All equipment will be procured according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time) and turned over to ADB upon TA completion.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Liping Zheng
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 28 May 2013
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2016

TA 8572-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2013 - 13 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2016 31 Jul 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,375,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,375,000.00 13 Dec 2013 635,366.60
Title Document Type Document Date
Action on Climate Change in South Asia Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2013

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