Nepal: Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52195-001

The priority river basins flood risk management project will improve the resilience of communities to flooding in six river basins in the Terai region in Nepal. It is in line with Nepal's National Water Plan, 2002-2027 to reduce social and economic losses from water-induced disasters through blending structural and nonstructural measures. The project will protect agricultural land and households in priority areas from a 1-in-50-year return period flood by constructing flood embankments, spurs, and outlet structures. The local response to flooding will be strengthened through the development installation of flood forecasting and early warning systems (FFEWSs) and community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM).

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Marsh, Suzanne
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Nepal
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project
Project Number 52195-001
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0741-NEP: Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
Loan 3977-NEP: Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 40.00 million
TA 6568-NEP: Implementation Support for the Priority River Basin Flood Risk Management Project
Water Financing Partnership Facility-NET TF US$ 750,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The priority river basins flood risk management project will improve the resilience of communities to flooding in six river basins in the Terai region in Nepal. It is in line with Nepal's National Water Plan, 2002-2027 to reduce social and economic losses from water-induced disasters through blending structural and nonstructural measures. The project will protect agricultural land and households in priority areas from a 1-in-50-year return period flood by constructing flood embankments, spurs, and outlet structures. The local response to flooding will be strengthened through the development installation of flood forecasting and early warning systems (FFEWSs) and community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Nepal's comparatively low level of development in South Asia and complex geography render the country vulnerable to climate change impacts and prone to natural hazards. During the monsoon season (June-September), Nepal receives 80% of the country's annual rainfall, resulting in widespread inundation in low-lying areas. Underlying flood risk drivers include (i) increasing frequency and intensity of precipitation events and flooding in the Terai region; (ii) unplanned population growth from the mountain and hill regions, drawn by productive agricultural and commercial land; (iii) inadequate and deteriorated flood protection infrastructure; and (iv) the inability of communities and local governments to anticipate for and quickly respond to flooding. With climate change, flooding events are expected to increase in intensity and frequency, and the associated increasing damage costs threaten the country's economic development. Disasters disproportionally affect the poor and marginalized because they occupy the most hazard-exposed areas, and this will undermine the country's progress toward poverty reduction.

The project will reduce social and economic losses from water induced disasters through blending structural and non-structural measures. It will protect agricultural land and households in priority areas from floods up to the 1-in-50-year return period by constructing flood embankments, spurs, and control structures. The project will also install flood forecasting and early warning systems and strengthen local communities capacity to improve flood prevention and preparedness through community-based disaster risk management.

Impact Social and economic losses due to water-induced disasters reduced (Nepal National Water Plan 2002- 2027).
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Resilience of communities to flood risks of selected river basins in the Terai region improved.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Flood protection infrastructure and maintenance system improved.

Flood forecasting and response systems enhanced

Flood prevention and preparedness capacity improved.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bakraha, Khutiya, Mawa Toribari, Mohana, Rapti Zone, Ratuwa
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

Initial environmental examination (IEEs) were prepared for the six river basins from feasibility studies (para. 23), although the East Rapti subproject involves only construction of flood shelters and development of FFEWS. The IEEs were prepared following the national environmental provisions and ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. The IEEs include the environmental management plan (EMP), which identifies the potential environmental impacts and proposes mitigation measures, a monitoring plan, and overall safeguards implementation institutional arrangements. The EMP also requires occupational health and safety measures for project staff and nearby communities, including managing the spread of COVID-19. The IEEs will be disclosed on ADB's website based on the requirements of the Safeguard Policy Statement and ADB's Access to Information Policy.

The project will not encroach upon national parks and buffer zones, protected or sensitive ecosystems, and ancient heritage sites. The project's key activities that attract environmental concerns are construction of embankments, flood shelters, FFEWS, and quarry operation. The environmental impacts predicted during implementation are mainly restricted to the construction stage and will be site specific, short in duration, reversible, and of low significance, such as temporary dust in the air, sediments in water, and noise pollution.

The DHM and DWRI have adequate capacity to manage the potential impacts, and the PIC environmental specialist will provide additional training to DHM and DWRI. The PMU environmental officer will be responsible for addressing overall environmental concerns related to construction. The field offices will oversee the implementation of the IEEs' recommendations and the EMP, assisted by the PIC environmental specialist. All contractors will have an environmental specialist who will manage environmental impacts related to construction. The project's safeguards performance will be reported through quarterly progress reports and semiannual environmental compliance monitoring reports during construction, and annual monitoring reports during O&M. Consultation with stakeholders and affected people was carried out during project preparation and will continue during implementation. The project grievance redress mechanism will resolve complaints in a timely and systematic manner.

Involuntary Resettlement The social safeguards due diligence confirms that there is no physical or economic displacement because of involuntary land acquisition or involuntary restriction on land use under the project. Project infrastructure is estimated to require (i) about 50 ha of land for construction of embankments (with a width of up to 12 meters) across five river basins, (ii) 1.6 ha of land for construction of 48 community flood shelters (about 340 square meters per flood shelter) across six river basins, and (iii) 0.02 ha of land for the 30 rain gauge stations (about 5 square meters per station). The project will satisfy land use requirements through a combination of government land, negotiated settlement, and voluntary land contributions from direct project beneficiaries.
Indigenous Peoples Most project beneficiaries are from ethnically distinct and vulnerable groups. The consultation process identified multiple ethnic groups that are anticipated to benefit from the project activities; these groups include the Bote, Chepang, Gurung, Magar, Madheshi, Newar, Rai, Tamang and Tharus. Consultations confirm that project activities will not adversely affect the dignity, human rights, livelihood systems, culture, territory, natural, or cultural resources of indigenous peoples. As per Appendix 3, para. 17 of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement, a separate indigenous peoples plan is not required, as indigenous peoples are the majority of direct project beneficiaries, and only positive impacts are identified. The project design has mainstreamed a culturally sensitive approach to information sharing, meaningful consultation, and benefit sharing.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting services will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy: Goods, Works, Nonconsulting and Consulting Services (2017, as amended from time to time) and shall follow the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement activities will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy: Goods, Works, Nonconsulting and Consulting Services (2017, as amended from time to time) and shall follow the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Marsh, Suzanne
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Hydrology and Meteorology
[email protected]
Akhtiyaar Marga, Kathmandu 44600
Department of Water Resources and Irrigation formerly known as Department of Irrigation, Jawalakhel
Mr. L. R. Bhattarai
Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Nepal
Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation
[email protected]
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Jul 2019
Fact Finding 18 Nov 2019 to 29 Nov 2019
MRM 17 Jun 2020
Approval 28 Sep 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2020

Grant 0741-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Sep 2020 22 Dec 2020 08 Jan 2021 30 Sep 2027 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 07 Sep 2021 0.42 0.00 4%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Sep 2021 0.10 0.00 1%

Loan 3977-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Sep 2020 22 Dec 2020 08 Jan 2021 30 Sep 2027 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 53.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 40.00 07 Sep 2021 10.26 0.00 26%
Counterpart 13.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Sep 2021 1.12 0.00 3%

TA 6568-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Sep 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 30 Sep 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,250,000.00 07 Sep 2021 107,125.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
TA Consulting Firm for Flood Risk Management and Asset Management Support Firm - Consulting Closed 28 Nov 2020 17 Dec 2020
52195-NEP: Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project [PRBFRMP/WORKS/MK-Basin/CW-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 18 Sep 2020 04 Nov 2020
52195-NEP: Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project [PRBFRMP/WORKS/MR-Basin/CW-02] Invitation for Bids Closed 18 Sep 2020 03 Nov 2020
Project Implementation Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 31 Oct 2019 29 Nov 2019
52195-NEP: Priority River Basins Flood Risk Management Project Advance Notice Active 30 Sep 2019

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CW-01: FLOOD MANAGEMENT WORKS IN MAWA RATUWA RIVERBASIN Loan 3977 06 Jul 2021 HZMC-MAINACHULI-ROSHAN JV SINAMANGAL KATHMANDU NEPAL Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation CONSTRUCTION 5913316.11 5913316.11
CS-01: PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTANT Loan 3977 25 May 2021 PYUNGHWA ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS LTD 601 T-TOWER BLDG, MUNHWA-RO NAJU-SI, JEOLLANAM-DO 58217 KOREA, REPUBLIC OF Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation CONSULTANCY 2015628.2 1600639.278
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 6568 04 May 2021 ICEM ASIA CONSULTING PTE. LTD (SINGAPORE) in association with GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd. (NEPAL) 60 PAYA LEBAR ROAD #11-01 PAYA LEBAR SQ 101 Cecil Street #11-04 Tong Eng Buildin Singapore Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation 926759

Procurement Plan