Pakistan: Naulong Integrated Water Resources Development Project

Sovereign Project | 51131-003

The project readiness financing (PRF) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will prepare the Naulong Integrated Water Resources Development Project. The project supports the Government of Pakistans Vision 2025_and ADBs country partnership strategy for Pakistan, 2021 to 2025,_which emphasizes the need for water, energy, and food security. It aligns with ADBs Strategy 2030 in addressing poverty and inequalities, gender equality, climate change, and rural development and food security._The project also aligns with Pakistan's Nationally Determined Contribution._Pakistan has committed to mitigating climate vulnerability and reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by 20%. The PRF is included in ADBs indicative country operations business plan for Pakistan, 2021 to 2023._The national government approved the Planning Commission Proforma-I for the proposed PRF and the ensuing project in January 2022._

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Yoshida, Kazuhiro
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    25 October 2022
  • Country/Economy
    Pakistan
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Naulong Integrated Water Resources Development Project
Project Number 51131-003
Country / Economy Pakistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 6048-PAK: Naulong Integrated Water Resources Development Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 5.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management

Energy / Large hydropower generation

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The project readiness financing (PRF) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will prepare the Naulong Integrated Water Resources Development Project. The project supports the Government of Pakistans Vision 2025_and ADBs country partnership strategy for Pakistan, 2021 to 2025,_which emphasizes the need for water, energy, and food security. It aligns with ADBs Strategy 2030 in addressing poverty and inequalities, gender equality, climate change, and rural development and food security._The project also aligns with Pakistan's Nationally Determined Contribution._Pakistan has committed to mitigating climate vulnerability and reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by 20%. The PRF is included in ADBs indicative country operations business plan for Pakistan, 2021 to 2023._The national government approved the Planning Commission Proforma-I for the proposed PRF and the ensuing project in January 2022._

The PRF will ensure high-quality design, stakeholder engagement, and safeguards and procurement readiness and procurement support of the ensuing project. It will facilitate the timely and cost-effective achievement of the projects outcomes. The PRF builds on the project planning documents, including the feasibility study and associated studies commissioned by the Water and Power Development Authority. The PRF will validate the project design and update social and environmental safeguards documents and other due diligence assessments.

The project is in Jhal Magsi District of the Balochistan province. The provinces population represents 6% of the countrys population and and contributes up to 4.5%_percent of the national GDP. Agriculture is central to Balochistans economy and about 72 percent of the population lives in rural areas and depends mainly on agriculture. The agriculture sector accounts for about one third of the provincial gross domestic product, employs two-third of its labor force and provides livelihood to half of its population. About 70 percent of farmers in Balochistan do not have access to regular source of water._Variability in water availability in Balochistan is far higher than the national average, and per capita water storage is only 20 percent of the national average that itself is already grossly inadequate in comparison to other countries in the region. Extended droughts and destructive flash floods are common, and are likely to worsen with future climate change projections. The people most vulnerable to water scarcity in Balochistan are the rural poor, especially women and children.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Pakistan highly relies on a single river system, the Indus River, as a basis of food security and water supply for all sectors of the economy. The Indus Basin covers 70 percent of the country, but it stretches over only 5% of Balochistan. In view of its arid climate, much of Balochistans land area is rugged desert or low-grade range land and only 7.2% of its area is under cultivation. The province remains the least water secured province in Pakistan, the most at risk from climate change, and the least able to cope with water-related development challenges. In view of lack of investments in water storage, access to reliable surface water is limited and therefore, groundwater is a critical resource in the province. Groundwater is significantly over-abstracted and has led to major declines in groundwater levels in many parts of the province. As estimated by the United Nations Development Program (using the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index), 71.2% of the provinces population lived below the official poverty line, as compared to 38.8% for Pakistan as a whole.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting team will be engaged for updating the existing detailed engineering design, and for procurement and safeguard document preparation support. The consulting firm for the PRF may be engaged for the ensuing project as the construction supervision consultant team through the single-source selection (SSS) method at the request of the government, executing agency, or implementing agency. This will be subject to the satisfactory performance of the firm. It will facilitate timely and quality construction supervision, with detailed knowledge of the engineering design.
Procurement No procurement activity
Responsible ADB Officer Yoshida, Kazuhiro
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Water and Power Development Authority
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Dec 2023
Fact Finding 13 May 2022 to 23 May 2022
MRM 02 Aug 2022
Approval 25 Oct 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Oct 2022

Loan 6048-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Oct 2022 30 Dec 2022 29 Jun 2023 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 7.39 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.00 18 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 2.39 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Review and update of Detailed Design and preparation of Procurement documents, safeguard documents update Firm - Consulting Closed 01 Aug 2022 15 Sep 2022
51131-PAK: Preparing Naulong Integrated Water Resources Development Project Advance Notice Active 01 Aug 2022

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