Sector Synthesis Report Approved
The Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting of the Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development (MCCRMD) was held on 27 March 2016 under the chair of the Secretary of the Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE) Mr. Vijoy Kumar Mallick. The PSC endorsed the sector synthesis reports produced under the project to mainstream climate change into infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Akhanda Sharma, National Program Manager of MCCRMD’s output on climate resilient infrastructure (Output 3) opened the program by briefing participants on Nepal’s commitment to the Climate Investment Fund. This commitment involves making about 50% of Nepal’s infrastructure climate resilient through technical assistance of the MCCRMD. He recapped the coordination meetings and process adopted to prepare the sector synthesis reports and other MCCRMD interventions to promote climate resilient infrastructure. He noted that concerned sector departments have already approved these reports.
MCCRMD had undertaken baseline studies of eight selected districts – Achham, Banke, Myagdi Mustang, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Dolakha and Panchthar – to inventory assets related to six infrastructure sectors – roads and bridges, irrigation, water induced disaster, urban and water supply and sanitation. Using this baseline data, sector specialists carried out vulnerability assessment of these assets and possible adaptation plans in consultation with concerned sector departments.
Mr. Ram Prasad Lamsal, Joint Secretary and Chief of the Climate Change Division at MOPE and National Project Director of the MCCRMD presented background information and institutional arrangements of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR). He briefed activities carried out and key achievements of the MCCRMD.
During the meeting Ms. Pramila Adhikari and Mr. Prakash Paudel presented process, findings and recommendations of the irrigation sector synthesis report. Ms. Mira Gyawali and Mr. Umesh Bahadur Malla presented urban sector summary of findings and recommendations. Similarly, Mr. Narendra Shakya briefed on the water induced sector report, emphasizing that it is the most important asset to safeguard other infrastructure from negative impacts of climate change. Mr. Vijay Kumar Mahato, Mr. Jeewan Guragain and Mr. Suvash Bhatta together presented the roads and bridges sector synthesis report. Similarly, Mr. Kiran Darnal and Mr. Narendra Pradhan highlighted findings and recommendations on the water supply and sanitation sector.
MOPE worked closely with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, Department of Irrigation, Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention, Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agriculture Roads, Department of Roads and Department of Urban Development and Building Construction to prepare sector synthesis reports.
Ms. Mira Gyawali indicated that the Department has already endorsed and owned the report but needs to still determine the way forward. According to her, the department itself cannot implement all the recommendations made by the report though some possible and appropriate recommendations are already under consideration.
MOPE Secretary Mr. Mallick appreciated the work and said the project has succeeded to sensitize stakeholders about the impacts of climate change on infrastructure in their sector. He requested that concerned stakeholders consider long-term issues such as climate change during infrastructure planning. He said that implementation of the recommendations would mitigate damage to infrastructure whether it is from extreme climate event or any regular flood and rainfall. Concluding the meeting he endorsed the sector synthesis reports and congratulated to all stakeholders for preparation of the reports.