Project Name Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions (BCRWME)
Outcome  The project’s outcome will be that selected communities that are significantly vulnerable to climate change have access to more reliable water resources. Approximately 45,000 households are expected to benefit from improved water availability during the dry season to support domestic and agricultural uses. The spring or surface water sources are expected to become more reliable; the dry season water yield will either remain the same or increase.
Expected Outputs/Activities  To achieve its expected outcome, the project consists of four outputs:

  1. Participating communities have improved catchment management and new or improved water storage infrastructure;
  2. Communities and government manage water and land in an integrated and inclusive manner within watersheds;
  3. Government adopts knowledge based approaches for integrated water and land management and improved water reliability and accessibility in the wake of climate change
  4. Project management support is provided.
Key achievements  Subproject implementation works:

  • The subproject program is divided into 4 separate batches in Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Bajhang Achham, Bajura and Doti districts.
  • Implementation of the sub-project program with completion of Batch 1 civil works (for 8 sub-projects), completion of preparation for Batch 2 (20 sub-projects), awarding of community contracts for Batch 2, and preparation of shopping contracts for Batch 2.
  • Selection of candidates for scholarships for Diploma studies in Agriculture and Engineering
  • Initiation of capacity building programs for PMU and DSCOs with training courses for Accountants (accounting software), Field Technicians (Spring Assessment and Measurement) and preparation of international training course in knowledge management for staffs of PMU, DSCWM and MOFSC.
  • Development of Watershed Management Planning Tool with assessment of Quality and Completeness of Existing GIS Data of BCRWME and framework for GIS Based Watershed Management Planning.
Geographical Activity Area The Project will be implemented in the Lower West Seti and Budhi Ganga watersheds of the Karnali River basin.  The project area includes the districts of Achham, Bajhang, Baitadi, Bajura, Dadeldhura, and Doti (in whole or in part).
Duration The ADB grant was approved on 23 September 2013, signed on 20 January 2014 and declared effective on 7 February 2014. The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has provided a parallel grant for technical assistance, and the agreement between NDF and the Government was signed on 13 February 2014. The project completion date was recently extended following an ADB review from 31 January 2020 to 31 July 2021
Budget The project estimated cost is $30.11 million of which $23.537 million is funded from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategic Climate Fund administered by AOB. The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is providing grant cofinancing of $4.63 million partially administered by ADB, and the Government of Nepal is contributing the equivalent of $1.94 million.
Executing/Implementing Agency/ Lead government stakeholder The Department of Soil Conservation and Water Management (DSCWM) under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC). The Project Management Unit (PMU), established in April 2014, is based in Dadeldhura and led by a full-time Project Director appointed by DSCWM. A Liaison office in the premises of the DSCWM building functions to support the project from Kathmandu and is mostly focused around coordination activities between the PMU, DSCWM and MoFSC. The PMU is implemented with the support of three consultancy services; (i) Agriconsulting (Italy) for NDF Support Package 1  (Advisory and Capacity Building Services), (ii) IWMI (International Water Management Institute) for NDF Support Package 2 (Watershed Hydrology Impact Monitoring Research) and (iii) EMRC (Environment and Resource Management Consultant (Nepal)) as the Project Management and Implementation Consultant  (PMIC).
Project Director
  • Mr. Ram Singh Thapa
Communication Focal Person
  • Dr. Anjana Shakya, Knowledge Management Specialist, NDF1
  • Mr Amar Adhikari, Deputy Project Director, PMU
Team Leader
  • Dr.Robert Rout, Team Leader, NDF1
  • Dr. Krishna Karki, Deputy Team Leader, PMIC
Contact Information  Building Climate Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-regions (BCRWME)

  • Project office: Tufandada, Dadeldhura
  • Liaison office: DSCWM, Babarmahal, Kathmandu
  • Tel: 096-410356 (PMU); 096-410362 (NDF1)
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