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Sri Lanka: Integrated Water Productivity Improvement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52156-001 Status: Proposed

The project will focus on river basins that are mostly located within two provinces: North Western Province and Uva Province. These river basins straddle the dry and intermediate climatic zones and have large numbers of smallholder farmers cultivating under village irrigation systems and rainfed conditions. They are identified as areas (i) vulnerable to climate change; (ii) requiring interventions in irrigation and water resources management to develop resilience to climate change; and (iii) not currently covered by ongoing or planned interventions.

Project Details

Project Officer
Arnaud M. Cauchois South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Sri Lanka
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Integrated Water Productivity Improvement Project
Project Number 52156-001
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Integrated Water Productivity Improvement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 170.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will focus on river basins that are mostly located within two provinces: North Western Province and Uva Province. These river basins straddle the dry and intermediate climatic zones and have large numbers of smallholder farmers cultivating under village irrigation systems and rainfed conditions. They are identified as areas (i) vulnerable to climate change; (ii) requiring interventions in irrigation and water resources management to develop resilience to climate change; and (iii) not currently covered by ongoing or planned interventions.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Sri Lanka has a highly favorable environment for agriculture, with fertile soils and abundant water resources. The land area is 6.56 million hectares (ha), of which 28.2% (1.85 million ha) is under agriculture. Rainfall annually provides almost 13 billion cubic meters of runoff, of which the annual withdrawal is estimated at 8.7 billion cubic meters, indicating no overall water shortage. Water plays a critical role in agricultural production; more than 85% of withdrawals are used for agriculture and about 37% of agricultural land is irrigated. However, pronounced temporal and spatial aspects of water scarcity occur, largely owing to the bimodal pattern of rainfall.

Although agriculture's contribution to the country's total GDP has declined considerably as other sectors have expanded, the role of the agriculture sector remains important to poverty reduction. The direct contribution to GDP from agriculture, forestry and fisheries was 6.9% in 2017, but about 80% of the population resides in rural areas, of which 70% still depend directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Impact Food security and water use efficiency enhanced recognizing the impact of climate change
Outcome Water productivity in irrigated lands of selected river basins increased
Outputs

Resource management systems improved

Irrigation infrastructure modernized

Modern crop production and marketing promoted

Geographical Location North Western Province, Province of Uva
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
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 The executing agency to administer consulting activities.
Procurement The executing agency to administer procurement activities.
Responsible ADB Officer Arnaud M. Cauchois
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management
500 T.B. Jayah Mawatha
Colombo 10 Sri Lanka
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Nov 2018
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2021 to 28 Feb 2021
MRM 26 Mar 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Nov 2018

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