Regional : Increasing Investments in Early Warning Systems to Strengthen Climate and Disaster Resilience

Sovereign Project | 57055-001

The TA will contribute to strengthening of early warning systems (EWS) and increasing investments of ADB on EWS in support of its developing member countries (DMCs). The TA's expected outcome is a new facility on early warning system initiated. The new EWS facility will provide the necessary inputs (e.g., TA, seed funding, and others) to regional departments and resident missions in identifying, developing, and implementing EWS investments.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Goldfinch, Steven
    Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Increasing Investments in Early Warning Systems to Strengthen Climate and Disaster Resilience
Project Number 57055-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10103-REG: Increasing Investments in Early Warning Systems to Strengthen Climate and Disaster Resilience
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Operational Priorities OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Some gender elements
Description The TA will contribute to strengthening of early warning systems (EWS) and increasing investments of ADB on EWS in support of its developing member countries (DMCs). The TA's expected outcome is a new facility on early warning system initiated. The new EWS facility will provide the necessary inputs (e.g., TA, seed funding, and others) to regional departments and resident missions in identifying, developing, and implementing EWS investments.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Early warning systems are crucial for supporting disaster risk reduction and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Sixth Assessment Report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability recognized EWS and disaster risk management activities as key cross-cutting adaptation options that enhance the benefits of other adaptation measures when combined. The global improvement of EWS is one of the key targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and a commitment under the Paris Agreement. It supports the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, whether it be through supporting agricultural productivity, water security, good health and wellbeing, poverty reduction, economic growth, or resilient transport and energy systems, cities, oceans, and land. ADB's Strategy 2030 and the 2021 Disaster and Emergency Assistance Policy both identify building capacity of DMCs for effective disaster preparedness by strengthening early warning systems and emergency response plans to avoid loss of life, protect livelihood and investments, improve disaster management, and increase resilience.

The implementation of EWS, however, is significantly lagging across the world with several countries still not protected by multihazard early warning systems (MHEWS). Of 120 countries reporting via the Sendai Framework Monitor in 2020, 95 reported the existence of MHEWS. Coverage, however, is limited in developing countries on the frontlines of climate change, namely the world's least developed countries and small island developing states, which account for 25% of deaths and missing persons despite representing only 11.6% of the total population of reporting countries. In Asia and the Pacific, 36 countries reported having MHEWS in 2020, with 30% having moderate to low coverage and effectiveness, 50% having moderate and substantial levels of coverage and effectiveness, and only 20% considered as fully effective. In 2022, the region was assessed as having countries with poor MHEWS.

Impact

Early warning systems strengthened

Availability of, and access to, multihazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments increased

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

New facility on early warning system initiated

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Scoping report of a new early warning system facility completed

Regional consultation workshop conducted

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
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
Responsible ADB Officer Goldfinch, Steven
Responsible ADB Department Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department
Responsible ADB Division Climate Change, Resilience, and Environment Cluster (CCRE)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 05 May 2023
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 May 2023

TA 10103-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 May 2023 - 05 May 2023 31 Jul 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 31 Aug 2023 117,681.12

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