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ADB Water Bonds

Water in Asia and the Pacific is threatened by growth, misuse, and pollution. ADB has issued more than $1.5 billion in bonds for projects addressing these problems.

The implementation of ADB’s Water Financing Program, guided by the Water Operational Plan (2011–2020) priority thrusts, is on track for the annual investment target. The merger of the Asian Development Fund with its ordinary capital resources balance sheet boosts ADB’s financial capacity to support the investment needs of its developing member countries, including in the water sector. This provides additional resources to increase the Water Financing Program annual lending starting in 2017.

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Sample water projects

People’s Republic of China: Guizhou Rocky Desertification Area Water Management Project

Sector Classifications: Agriculture, natural resources and rural development; Irrigation; Land-based natural resources management; Rural water supply services; Water-based natural resources management
Project Term: 2017–2023
ADB Ordinary Capital Resources Regular Loan: $150 million
Project Summary:
The project aims to demonstrate rocky desertification management in Guizhou, including efforts to reclaim affected areas through revegetation. It is expected to help farmers transition from unsustainable farming—which is the main cause of rocky desertification—to sustainable farming through training and capacity development.
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Indonesia: Integrated Participatory Development and Management of Irrigation Program

Sector Classification: Agriculture, natural resources and rural development; Irrigation
Project Term: 2017–2023
Total ADB Ordinary Capital Resources Regular Loan: $500 million
Project Summary:
The Integrated Participatory Development and Management of Irrigation Program will focus on improving irrigation system operation, maintenance, and water delivery to farmers. The program will finance a time slice of the government’s irrigation improvement program in 74 districts. It will also promote innovations to improve operation and maintenance of irrigation systems, such as the use of a web-based irrigation asset management information system, aerial surveys, water accounting using satellite remote sensing, and pilot-testing of water productivity measurement.
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