Thailand: Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management at River Basin Level

Sovereign Project | 50023-001

The impact of the TA is improved overall efficiency of the water management system. The expected outcome will be an integrated river basin management strengthened in 25 river basins. The expected outputs are: (i) base river basin integrated water resource management modeling tool established; and (ii) capacity of river basin personnel in river basin integrated planning increased. The TA supports the implementation of the National Water Resource Management Strategic Plan, 2015 20266 approved by the Thai Cabinet in May 2015.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Ancha, Srinivasan
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Thailand
  • Modality
    • Technical Assistance
Project Name Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management at River Basin Level
Project Number 50023-001
Country / Economy Thailand
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9204-THA: Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management at River Basin Level
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture and Natural Resources / Agriculture, natural resources and rural development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The impact of the TA is improved overall efficiency of the water management system. The expected outcome will be an integrated river basin management strengthened in 25 river basins. The expected outputs are: (i) base river basin integrated water resource management modeling tool established; and (ii) capacity of river basin personnel in river basin integrated planning increased. The TA supports the implementation of the National Water Resource Management Strategic Plan, 2015 20266 approved by the Thai Cabinet in May 2015.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The CDTA was approved on 14 October 2016 in the amount of $1.0 million funded from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) with a TA completion date of 30 June 2018. The TA became effective on 17 November 2016. The Department of Water Resources (DWR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment serves as the executing agency.

The TA is in response to the Government's request to help them develop an integrated water resources management (IWRM) modelling tool to aid in decision making in river basin management. The TA recognizes that IWRM needed to be strengthened as flood management is closely linked with broader issues of water resources management. Without an integrated and balanced approach to manage both demand and supply of water, Thailand will not be prepared for future flooding. A strong integrated water resources planning and management process at the river basin level is not only important to the entire water resources management system, but it is also essential in improving the livelihoods and economic well-being of communities along the river basins. These are articulated in the National Water Resource Management Strategic Plan, 2015 20266 approved by the Thai Cabinet in May 2015.

It is envisaged that the base IWRM modeling tool can be used as the basis to develop planning scenarios and river basin operation plans in all 25 river basins in Thailand. Using the IWRM modeling tool as a decision-support tool will enhance the capacity of Department of Water Resources (DWR) officers along with members of river basin committees to develop spatially driven and integrated river basin management plans. The deployment of quality and effective river basin operation plans will improve the livelihoods of communities along river basins in the medium to long term. These communities will be able to make informed decisions regarding water resource use and develop coping strategies to deal with flood, drought, and weather-related extreme events.

Impact Efficiency of the entire water management system improved.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome River basin operation plans developed at 25 river basins.
Progress Toward Outcome The extensive testing of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) modelling tool and its modification for the Thai context followed by its successful piloting in two major river basins suggests that the tool can be applied in all 25 river basins across Thailand. The stakeholders, especially from the Department of Water Resources of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, expressed complete satisfaction with the refined model and acknowledged its wide utility in all river basins of Thailand.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Base river basin IWRM modelling tool established

Increased capacity of river basin personnel in river basin integrated planning

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

The TA successfully completed both outputs as originally envisaged in the TA paper. Under output 1, the TA updated an integrated hydrology modelling package for the Thailand river basin planning context. The team team made more than 81 model software refinements, including a new water allocation module, improved water quality module, new statistical and map and animation module, improved GIS map integration, and decoupling of user interface from model execution. Under Output 2, the integrated river basin planning model was applied in Eastern coast river basin and Nam Phong river basin. The TA also developed guidelines for stakeholder participation in river basin plan decision making. The user guide for IWRM modelling tool, translated into Thai, provides step-by-step instructions to use the model to run basin development scenarios.

In addition, the TA assisted the National Economic Social Development Council (NESDC) in conducting Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the Khlong Yai (Rayong) River Basin and in developing draft SEA guidelines for Thailand.

The TA conducted 8 capacity building workshops at national level and 8 training events at river basin level. The TA produced 11 reports, including 4 theme-based knowledge products (e.g., guidelines for stakeholder participation in basin plan decision making; User guide for IWRM model; SEA of the Rayong Provincial Development Plan; National guidelines for SEA in Thailand).

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholders were extensively consulted during TA design.
During Project Implementation Consultations with stakeholders representing the government, civil society, and the private sector continued throughout the duration of TA.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting firm (19 person-months of international consultants and 16.52 person-months of national consultants) and a national water resources advisor (2.77 person-months) were mobilized since 2017.
Responsible ADB Officer Ancha, Srinivasan
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Thailand Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
180/3 Rama VI Road, Soi 34, Samsen-Nai
Phyathai, Bangkok, 10400
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 May 2016
Fact Finding 26 May 2016 to 03 Jun 2016
MRM -
Approval 14 Oct 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 10 Mar 2020

TA 9204-THA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Oct 2016 17 Nov 2016 17 Nov 2016 30 Jun 2018 31 Dec 2019 28 Feb 2020
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 17 Jun 2022 999,183.94

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9204 12 Apr 2017 ICEM Asia Limited (Hong Kong, China) in Association with Alluvium International | Suite 2006, 20Th Floor, 340 Queen'S Road Central Hong Kong Hong Kong, China Department of Water Resources, MNRE 677,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9204 12 Apr 2017 ICEM Asia Limited (Hong Kong, China) in Association with Alluvium International | Suite 2006, 20Th Floor, 340 Queen'S Road Central Hong Kong Hong Kong, China Department of Water Resources, MNRE 677,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9204 12 Apr 2017 Icem Asia Limited(Hong Kong, China) In Association With Alluvium International() | Suite 2006, 20Th Floor, 340 Queen'S Road Central Hong Kong Hong Kong, China Ministry of Road and Transportation 677,000.00

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