Georgia: Preparing the Water Resources Sector Development Program
The project will have three outputs: the policy-based loan will support sector reforms under output 1 with two tranches and the project loan will support outputs 2 and 3. These outputs will result in the following outcome: modernized irrigation approaches demonstrated in Eastern Georgia. The project will be aligned with the following impact: agriculture production and food security improved.
Central and West Asia Department
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- Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
|Project Name||Preparing the Water Resources Sector Development Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Irrigation - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The project will have three outputs: the policy-based loan will support sector reforms under output 1 with two tranches and the project loan will support outputs 2 and 3. These outputs will result in the following outcome: modernized irrigation approaches demonstrated in Eastern Georgia. The project will be aligned with the following impact: agriculture production and food security improved.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Agricultural output in Georgia provides just under 10% of gross domestic product (GDP), significantly lower than during the Soviet Union times, while it is still the main source of livelihood for about half of the Georgian population. Effective irrigation and drainage services have been in decline over the last 2 decades, and agricultural production and productivity have fallen dramatically. In the 1980s, nearly half a million hectares of farmland was equipped for irrigation. Today irrigation-ready area has shrunk to less than a fifth of that. In 2015, only 43,000 hectares was actually irrigated. Yields for most major crops are low; the production of annual and perennial crops declined by 44% and 10%, respectively, between 2000 and 2010.
Water resources availability in Georgia varies greatly from season to season and geographical area. The western part of Georgia has sufficient resources, while the eastern part is dry and water scarce. The six operating irrigation reservoirs have the ability to store less than 4 % of the annual flow of east Georgian rivers. Georgia has abundant groundwater resources, but its usage for irrigation, including drip-irrigation, is still limited. Development of water resources is constraint by a lack of operating national hydrologic data collection and analysis systems. Moreover, climate change is threatening Georgia s natural mountain snowpack storage.
Food security has become a serious concern for the Government, in particular considering the expected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. Recognizing the importance of irrigated production systems, Georgia aims increase the irrigatable farmland to 200,000 ha by 2025, an increase of around 112,000 ha over 2015 levels. Rehabilitation and modernization of irrigation systems is a key to this transition, along with output market development, extension services, and adoption of on-farm drip irrigation technology.
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. CWRD will select, supervise and evaluate the consultants.|
|Procurement||Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). The project design consultants will procure computers, selected office equipment, and security equipment, which will be handed over to the MOA upon completion of the TA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Radstake, Frank|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA)
6 Marshal Gelovani Avenue, 0159, Tbilisi, Georgia
|Approval||03 Dec 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||08 Dec 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|03 Dec 2020||29 Dec 2020||29 Dec 2020||31 May 2022||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|900,000.00||0.00||100,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,000,000.00||29 Sep 2021||225,481.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Preparing the Water Resources Sector Development Program: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2020|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Project design consultants||Firm - Consulting||Closed||10 Oct 2020||24 Oct 2020|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Project Preparatory||Technical Assistance 6648||15 Feb 2021||LANDELL MILLS LIMITED(UNITED KINGDOM) in association with ILF Consulting Engineers() | Bryer Ash Business Park Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8HE United Kingdom||Ministry of Environmental Protection & Agriculture||854,714.00||—|
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