Uzbekistan: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project

Sovereign Project | 53120-001

The proposed project will build on lessons learned from past and ongoing projects of ADB in water resources in Uzbekistan._It will undertake a long-term, strategic and knowledge-based approach. The project will deliver climate adaptive solutions to water resources management by modernizing irrigation and drainage in selected subprojects within the Amu Darya and (selective reaches of the) Zarafshan River Basins in Uzbekistan.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Totsuka, Natsuko
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Uzbekistan
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project
Project Number 53120-001
Country / Economy Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0842-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 3.00 million
Grant 0843-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project
High Level Technology Fund US$ 300,000.00
Loan 4207-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 150.00 million
TA 6949-UZB: National Water Resources Management and Irrigation Strategy Implementation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 850,000.00
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 / Irrigation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed project will build on lessons learned from past and ongoing projects of ADB in water resources in Uzbekistan._It will undertake a long-term, strategic and knowledge-based approach. The project will deliver climate adaptive solutions to water resources management by modernizing irrigation and drainage in selected subprojects within the Amu Darya and (selective reaches of the) Zarafshan River Basins in Uzbekistan.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Uzbekistan has the largest population of the Aral Sea Basin (ASB) countries._In 2015, about 12.8% of people in Uzbekistan lived below the national poverty line of which 75% live in rural areas._Agriculture employs 40% of the total workforce and represents 17% of gross domestic product._In 2018, growth in agriculture slowed to 2.7% from 5.8% as crop diversification and a water deficit held growth in crop output to 1.1%._Improved water resources management is critical for sustained agricultural development and economic growth.

Transboundary water resources are an overarching challenge for Uzbekistan. Of the total 123 cubic kilometer of water resources of the ASB, only 9% originates within Uzbekistan highlighting its water dependency._The country relies on the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers and their tributaries which emanate in upstream riparian countries (Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan). As these countries continue to develop water resources for hydropower, transboundary water cooperation becomes increasingly relevant.

Irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of water resources accounting for 93% of all water utilized with 96% of the total cropped land irrigated (from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers and their tributaries)._About 68% of irrigated land produces cotton and wheat. These are highly water consumptive and have low productivity (averaging 2.25 tons/ha for cotton and 4.2 tons/ha for wheat). The government has committed to converting 170,000 ha of cotton and 50,000 ha of wheat to horticulture and livestock from 2016 to 2020.

Major river diversion for intensive agriculture, over-irrigation and poor drainage have resulted in serious environmental degradation. Reduced river flows into the Aral Sea has resulted in irreversible desiccation and major impacts._High seepage losses in the irrigation system, over-application of irrigation water and deteriorated drainage networks have caused soil salinization and land degradation. In Uzbekistan, 51% of irrigated land is affected by salinity resulting in 20,000 ha of land lost annually due to saline soils.

The Government of Uzbekistan has initiated actions on policy and legal frameworks for the water sector; progress is slow, and approvals protracted. There is no medium or long-term vision for the water sector and no roadmap to create an enabling environment for modernization of water resources management.

Impact

Food and water security in the Aral Sea Basin improved

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Climate-resilient and modernized irrigation systems established in selected I&D subprojects in the Amu Darya and the Zarafshan River basins.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Main canal water supply systems modernized

Interfarm Irrigation and Drainage systems and on-farm water management modernized

Policy and institutions strengthened for climate adaptive and sustainable water resources management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Fergana, Jizzakh, Namangan, Samarkand, Tashkent
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 There will be consulting services for project implementation consultants including design and construction supervision, and other consulting services to help the project implementation unit.
Procurement

There will be international and national competitive bidding for civil works and goods.

Goods below $200,000 will be via request for quotations.

Responsible ADB Officer Totsuka, Natsuko
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water Resources
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Aug 2019
Fact Finding 22 Feb 2021 to 05 Mar 2021
MRM 17 Sep 2021
Approval 31 Aug 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Sep 2022

Grant 0842-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Aug 2022 03 Nov 2022 - 30 Jun 2030 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 3.00 11 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0843-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Aug 2022 03 Nov 2022 - 30 Jun 2030 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 11 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.30 11 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 4207-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Aug 2022 03 Nov 2022 31 Jan 2023 30 Jun 2030 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 151.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 150.00 11 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 1.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Nov 2022 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

TA 6949-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Aug 2022 29 Sep 2022 29 Sep 2022 31 Aug 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
850,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 850,000.00 11 Nov 2022 0.00
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0842-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project Grant Agreement Nov 2022
Grant Agreement (High-Level Technology Fund) for Grant 0843-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project Grant Agreement Nov 2022
Project Agreement for Loan 4207-UZB, Grant 0842-UZB, and Grant 0843-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project Project/Program Agreements Nov 2022
Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations [Concessional]) for Loan 4207-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Nov 2022
Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Aug 2022
Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Aug 2022
National Water Resources Management and Irrigation Strategy Implementation: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Aug 2022
Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Aug 2022
Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Jun 2022
Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Aug 2019

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
53120-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project [CAWRMP-ICW-02] Invitation for Bids Closed 23 Sep 2021 15 Nov 2021
53120-UZB: Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Sector Project [CAWRMP-ICW-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 14 Sep 2021 15 Nov 2021
Project Implementation Consultants Firm - Consulting Closed 07 May 2021 10 Jun 2021
Climate Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin Project Advance Notice Active 16 Mar 2021

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found