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Tajikistan: Water Resources Management in the Pyanj River Basin Project (Additional Finance)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47181-003 Status: Active

The project will support the development of the State Agency for Hydrometeorology (Hydromet) to a sustainable and well-resourced institution that produces timely and accurate forecasting of extreme weather events particularly in the Pyanj River Basin. In doing so, the project will address key institutional weaknesses. The project will (i) modernize Hydromet's campus and associated facilities, (ii) support legal and organizational transformation and capacity building of Hydromet into a government entity with flexibility to set staff salaries and retain additional entrepreneurial revenue, (iii) undertake capacity building for improve forecasting and warning of extreme weather events, and (iv) support development and implementation of a viable business model through marketing of fee-based services.

Project Details

Project Officer
Rive, Nathan A. Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Water Resources Management in the Pyanj River Basin Project (Additional Finance)
Project Number 47181-003
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0576-TAJ: Water Resources Management in the Pyanj River Basin Project (Additional Finance)
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 6.50 million
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 6.50 million
Grant 0577-TAJ: Water Resources Management in the Pyanj River Basin Project (Additional Finance)
Green Climate Fund US$ 5.00 million
Green Climate Fund US$ 5.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Rural flood protection - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will support the development of the State Agency for Hydrometeorology (Hydromet) to a sustainable and well-resourced institution that produces timely and accurate forecasting of extreme weather events particularly in the Pyanj River Basin. In doing so, the project will address key institutional weaknesses. The project will (i) modernize Hydromet's campus and associated facilities, (ii) support legal and organizational transformation and capacity building of Hydromet into a government entity with flexibility to set staff salaries and retain additional entrepreneurial revenue, (iii) undertake capacity building for improve forecasting and warning of extreme weather events, and (iv) support development and implementation of a viable business model through marketing of fee-based services.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Tajikistan already faces recurring climate-related extreme weather events, particularly flood and landslides. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these impacts. Districts in the Pyanj River Basin are among poorest and most vulnerable in the country. However, low capacity in the country the forecasting of weather, hydrometeorological, and climatic conditions remain a critical bottleneck in improving water resources management in the Pyanj River Basin and the rest of the country. Disaster risk mitigation and response in vulnerable communities, as well as broader climate change adaptation efforts, are thus hampered. The responsible forecasting entity, the State Agency for Hydrometeorology (Hydromet) is crippled by many of the common problems faced by post-Soviet institutions including limited budget, decaying infrastructure, and poor staff retention.
Impact

Current project

Irrigated land in good condition and food security increased

Current project

The efficiency of water resource use increased

Overall project

Above impacts unchanged.

Climate resilience of agriculture and water resources sectors improved.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Current project

Increased agricultural production in CIS area of PRB

Overall Project

Agricultural productivity and relevance of forecasting services increased in the PRB

Progress Toward Outcome Project is on track to meet outcome.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1: Water resources in PRB better managed

Output 3: Farm management capacity and water use skill improved

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

The project is currently on track to deliver planned outputs on schedule.

Legal and organization transformation of Hydromet: Preparation and planning activities are underway and on track. To determine the needs of project beneficiaries and users of weather and climate services, a stakeholder questionnaire has been prepared and will be mobilized through a survey firm. In total, it is planned to interview 500 key beneficiaries of which at least 30% must be women. Recruitment of an additional national legal expert is ongoing to support legal and institutional transformation assessment and procedures. In August 2019, the project implementation group (PIG) held a training workshop on "Capacity Building and Resource Management of the Agency for Hydrometeorology" to discuss the prospective role and strengthening of Hydromet services. The workshop was attended by 40 people. Of the total number of participants in the training workshop, 15 were women.

Modernization of the Hydromet campus: Detailed design is underway for the civil works packages: (1) completion of the unfinished main building of the Hydromet operations center and ancillary buildings and (2) construction of mixed-used buildings. Advertisement for package 1 is expected in Q2 2020 with contract award in Q3. Advertisement for package 2 is expected in Q3 2020 with contract award in Q4 2020 or Q1 2021.

Forecasting and warning of extreme weather events. Preparation and planning activities are underway and on track. Based on a review of past project results, the following pilot basins were tentatively selected: Khatlon region: Yahsu and Kizilsu river basins (Vose and Kurbonshaid stations), Vanj river basin (Motravn station), Bartang river basin (Shuchand station), Gunt River Basin (Khorog station). The international flood forecasting specialist will be mobilized in Q2 2020, once roads in remote mountainous areas are passable after winter.

Marketing of fee-based services: Preparation and planning activities are underway and on track. In November 2019, the PIG held a workshop on "Marketing of Fee-based Information Services of Hydromet" to increase the level of awareness among specialists workshop. Of the 40 participants, 17 were women. In November 2019, a further workshop was held on "Capacity Building of the Agency for Hydrometeorology and Cooperation Priority Directions with Stakeholders" to discuss best practice of Hydromet organization, customer management, and production process. Assessment is underway to further develop the Hydromet website (www.meteo.tj), improve customer engagement, and weather information products.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An IEE has been prepared for the project. Expected construction-phase impacts are not significant or complex. The project's residual adverse impacts are not expected to be significant after the implementation of feasible environmental management measures.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary acquisition of land or involuntary restrictions on land use are expected, according to the SPS definition.
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous peoples are present in the project area, according to the SPS definition.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder survey and market research was conducted on the demand and need for Hydromet services.
During Project Implementation Further periodic stakeholder surveys and market research will be conducted during implementation. Target communities will be consulted and trained in the flood warnings and disaster preparedness. Information products will be developed through consultation with key stakeholders, farmers, and communities in the Pyanj River Basin, and made available through the platform.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Advance contracting was used for recruitment of consulting services.

There is no retroactive financing envisaged in this project.

Procurement For the additional financing project, universal procurement will apply, as ADB and GCF's resources will jointly finance individual procurement packages.
Responsible ADB Officer Rive, Nathan A.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
State Agency for Hydrometeorology (Hydromet)
Shevchenko Street 47, Dushanbe,
Tajikistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 31 Jan 2018 to 07 Feb 2018
MRM 16 Mar 2018
Approval 21 Jun 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2020

Grant 0576-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Jun 2018 03 Aug 2018 07 Mar 2019 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.57 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 13.00 21 Jun 2018 0.89 0.00 14%
Counterpart 2.57 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Jun 2018 0.44 0.00 7%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory

Grant 0577-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Jun 2018 03 Aug 2018 07 Mar 2019 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 21 Jun 2018 0.00 1.37 27%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 10.00 21 Jun 2018 0.00 0.53 11%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Consulting services for the Conduct a Social Survey Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Mar 2020 14 Apr 2020
Project Implementation Consultant Including Survey and Design Firm - Consulting Closed 14 Aug 2018 20 Aug 2018

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CS-01 (PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTANT INCLUDING SURVEY AND DESIGN) Grant 0576 05 Jun 2019 FCG INTERNATIONAL LTD. IN ASSOCIATION WITH FI OSMONTIE 34 4TH FLOOR HELSINKI 00610 FINLAND State Agency for Hydrometeorology (Hydromet) CONSULTANCY 686,117.00
CS-01 (PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTANT INCLUDING SURVEY AND DESIGN) Grant 0577 05 Jun 2019 FCG INTERNATIONAL LTD. IN ASSOCIATION WITH FI OSMONTIE 34 4TH FLOOR HELSINKI 00610 FINLAND State Agency for Hydrometeorology (Hydromet) CONSULTANCY 1,209,233.00