Regional : Achieving Water Sector Priorities in Asia and the Pacific under Strategy 2030

Sovereign Project | 53263-001

This knowledge and support technical assistance, Achieving the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Water Sector Priorities Under Strategy 2030 (the TA),

will support ADB Operations Departments and Water Sector Group Secretariat under the Sustainable Development Service Cluster (SDSC-WAT) to improve

water resources management and provide inclusive, reliable water services delivery to ADB Developing Member Countries (DMCs). The TA is included the 2019 workplan

of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department and will provide support to ADB's water sector operations to help achieve the goals of Strategy 2030,

and in particular Operational Priorities (i) Three Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability;

(ii) Four Making cities more livable; and (iii) Five Promoting rural development and food security.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Huizer, Tanya
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name
Achieving Water Sector Priorities in Asia and the Pacific under Strategy 2030
Project Number
53263-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9875-REG: Achieving Water Sector Priorities in Asia and the Pacific under Strategy 2030
Source Amount
Water Innovation Trust Fund US$ 250,000.00
Water Financing Partnership Facility-NET TF US$ 1.00 million
TA 9875-REG: Achieving Water Sector Priorities in Asia and the Pacific under Strategy 2030
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 75,000.00
Water Innovation Trust Fund US$ 500,000.00
Water Financing Partnership Facility-NET TF US$ 500,000.00
TA 9875-REG: Achieving Water Sector Priorities in Asia and the Pacific under Strategy 2030
Source Amount
Water Resilience Trust Fund US$ 2.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP4: Making cities more livable
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Irrigation - Rural flood protection - Water-based natural resources management

  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban flood protection - Urban sanitation - Urban water supply

Gender
Some gender elements
Description

This knowledge and support technical assistance, Achieving the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) Water Sector Priorities Under Strategy 2030 (the TA),

will support ADB Operations Departments and Water Sector Group Secretariat under the Sustainable Development Service Cluster (SDSC-WAT) to improve

water resources management and provide inclusive, reliable water services delivery to ADB Developing Member Countries (DMCs). The TA is included the 2019 workplan

of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department and will provide support to ADB's water sector operations to help achieve the goals of Strategy 2030,

and in particular Operational Priorities (i) Three Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability;

(ii) Four Making cities more livable; and (iii) Five Promoting rural development and food security.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Asia and the Pacific Regions has seen significant sustained economic growth over the last generation. Water resources management and water service delivery have been fundamental to achieve this growth and improve social welfare. However, the water sector is facing unparalleled challenges. In 2015 in Asia Pacific, 80% of wastewater generated by cities was discharged without primary treatment, about 300 million people still have no access to safe drinking water, 1.7 billion lack basic sanitation. With a predicted 22 megacities by 2030 and a population of 5.2 billion by 2050, Asian water demand is expected to increase by 55%. Agriculture in developing countries will need to produce 100% more food by 2050. ender inequality is pervasive, and women and girls are often responsible to gather water, which limits education and economic opportunities. As a result, water insecurity is prevalent in many DMCs and also poses challenges to attain the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 6 nsure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

ADB will continue to increase financing and projects for water sector investments with an expanding portfolio. However, DMCs need more assistance to provide effective water management and reliable, inclusive water service delivery. DMC challenges include a lack of (i) upstream work and integrated solutions to optimize investment programs; (ii) resources to prepare, implement and upscale innovative projects; (iii) effective policy frameworks, institutions, and innovative finance; and (iv) capacity and knowledge. With continued growth, the interrelationships and complexity of Asia and the Pacific's water challenges are also increasing.

ADB's Strategy 2030 establishes a holistic approach promoting integrated solutions moving away from a sector-oriented, siloed approach. It also calls for differentiated approaches, digital development and technology, and more private sector engagement. While this integrated and multisectoral paradigm shift is needed, it will require (i) more collaboration among Regional Department sector divisions, and (ii) enhanced cooperation among Regional Departments, the Private Sector Operation Department, Office of Private Public Partnerships and SDCC. Enhanced knowledge management and innovation will be essential to achieve Strategy 2030.

Strategy 2030 and its Draft Operational Priority Plans (OPPs) call for upscaling best practice and adopting emerging innovative solutions to meet Asia and the Pacific's water sector challenges. This includes enhanced efforts to address water quality, water use efficiency, integrated water resources management and to ensure water security by deepening the understanding and addressing the linkages between the water food and energy security nexus (OPP 3). The mainstreaming of smart water meters and grids, sponge cities for flooding, non-revenue water reduction, desalination, non-networked sanitation along with increased sewered sanitation, advanced waste water treatment, and recycling/reuse among other activities will be essential to address Asia's burgeoning urbanization (OPP 4). Food security will require significantly improved productivity of irrigated agriculture requiring modernization on many systems. This will include automated control systems, prepaid smart card control systems, micro irrigation, and pressurized piped irrigation. Remote sensing, drones and smart phone applications are already being used in some ADB agriculture projects but need significant upscaling (OPP 5).

Achieving the water sector goals of Strategy 2030 will not only require improved technical options and expertise, but institutions, policy dialogue, delivery mechanisms, exposure to the latest knowledge, gender and other social considerations, and capacity building are also necessary. Improved tariff structures, regulatory abilities, water allocation regimes, innovative and blended finance, and more sophisticated transaction such as performance-based and design build operate contracts are essential for better performing water management and service delivery entities, revenue generation, and creating an enabling environment for private sector investment

Given the cross-cutting nature of water and its importance to all Operational Priorities under Strategy 2030, the ADB Water Sector Group (WSG) has been promoting a One ADB Water approach. To help achieve One ADB Water as well as the transformative ambitions of Strategy 2030, the Operational Departments and SDCC can access the Water Financing Partnership Facility (WFPF), which has been a vehicle to mobilize development partner grant financing through (i) direct project support (about 70%) and (ii) program quality support (about 30%). Over the last decade, the WFPF and its associated TA 6498 has been extremely valuable to support Regional Departments and SDCC work with DMCs to plan and implement innovative solutions and best practice in projects and TAs as well as to support knowledge management activities.

Impact

Availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation ensured for all

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Knowledge and capacity for water resources management and water services delivery in DMCs improved

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Project design and implementation support, and pilot and demonstration activities provided

Knowledge management, strategic collaborations, and capacity development supported

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

Output1. 2 projects provided project preparation support - one through specialists services and one through pilot and demonstration activity

Output 2. Support to water resources assessment in PRC

Geographical Location
Regional

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Huizer, Tanya
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
29 Apr 2021
Fact Finding
10 Jun 2019 to 10 Jun 2019
MRM
-
Approval
27 Nov 2019
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
18 Dec 2020

Funding

TA 9875-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Nov 2019 - 27 Nov 2019 31 Dec 2024 31 Dec 2026 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
75,000.00 4,250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,325,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
02 Jul 2024 2,229,735.35

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Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
COVID-19 and Water in Asia and the Pacific: Guidance Note Guides Jul 2021

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Lake Basin Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategic Knowledge Management Individual - Consulting Closed
Graphic and Creative Design Individual - Consulting Closed
Database Management Individual - Consulting Closed
Events and Logistics Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Water Finance Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment and Social Safeguards Consultant for VIE Thu Dao Mot Water Expansion Project Individual - Consulting Closed
Trust Fund Management Support and TA Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
SOL - Governance and Municipal Financing Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Business Development and Public-Private Partnership Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Institutional Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Junior Water Infrastructure Management Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Water Resources Management Specialist (Team Leader) (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
CAM Water and Urban Sector Assessment Firm - Consulting Closed
TA Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
2022 Asia Water Forum (Lead Event Management) Individual - Consulting Closed
PS006 - Irrigation Planning and Design Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
PS006 - Pipe Design Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
PS006 - Irrigation Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Watershed Management Specialist (SAER) Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategic Knowledge Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Watershed Management and Lake Ecological Restoration Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Senior Water Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Implementation Support Intl Digital and Agri Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Implementation Support Through Expert Inputs Individual - Consulting Closed
Water Security Individual - Consulting Closed
Achieving Water Sector Priorities in Asia and the Pacific under Strategy 2030 Individual - Consulting Closed
Water Sector Group Project&Event Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Strategic Knowledge Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Knowledge Product Development (Creative Content) Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Database Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Water Information Technology Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Deputy Fund Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Promoting Youth-Led Entrepreneurship and Watershed Management Individual - Consulting Closed
Promoting Youth-Led Entrepreneurship and Watershed Management Individual - Consulting Closed
Promoting Youth-Led Entrepreneurship and Watershed Management Individual - Consulting Closed
Environmental Flow Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed

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 Technical Assistance 9875 19 Jan 2023 Ramboll Singapore Pte. Ltd. (SINGAPORE) | 20 Harbour Drive, #02-01, Singapore 117612 Asian Development Bank 211,280.00

Procurement Plan