Description: 

A climate and disaster risks project that seeks to mitigate the impacts of climate related hazards in Nepal through institutional strengthening, improving climate information systems, and developing agricultural management information systems.

Background:

As the fourth most climate vulnerable country in the world, Nepal is highly exposed to a range of water-related hazards such as floods, droughts and landslides. In 2009, Nepal developed an ambitious Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) with the World Bank, ADB, and IFC to address its climate vulnerability. In 2013, the Building Resilience to Climate-Related Hazard (BRCH) project, in line with Nepal’s SPCR, was approved with a $31 million allocation from CIF. The BRCH project seeks to transition Nepal’s hydro-meteorological services into a modern system to build climate resilience for the future.

The total project cost is estimated at $31 million, anticipated to be complete by 2018. By strengthening the government’s capacity to mitigate meteorological and hydrological extremes, the project will contribute to making Nepal’s communities and economy more climate resilient while also enabling sustained growth and poverty alleviation.

Objectives and Outputs:

The main objective of BRCH is to enhance Nepal’s capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards by providing accurate and timely weather forecasts and an agricultural management information system (AMIS) for farmers’ crop production. The project will establish a multi-hazard information and early warning systems, upgrade the existing hydrometeorological system and AMIS, and enhance the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology’s (DHM) capacity.

Direct beneficiaries of the project will be DHM and the Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD), which will also be the project’s implementing agencies. CIF funding will enable DHM to provide reliable information on weather and hydrological events to the benefit of Nepal’s population. Other direct beneficiaries include local communities and farmers located in Dhankuta, Sunsari, Siraha, Bara, Kavrepalanchok, Rupandehi, Banke and Jumla, the first targeted districts of the project.  Agriculture, which contributes to 35% of the country’s GDP and employs 80% of the population, will benefit vastly.

In December 2014, two roving seminars for farmers in Kavre and Banke were organized by MoAD to provide training and information on climate impacts on crops. Crop modelling and other technical trainings were conducted for MoAD staff in March 2015. As of July 2015, AMIS launched the SMS system to disseminate agriculture cropping information and early agro-weather information to farmers throughout Nepal. Currently, the project is in implementation stages of capacity building and training, facing some delays due to the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015. The project completion date, however, is still expected in 2018.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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In the News: 

WB assistance in agriculture, climate change projects (Republica, April 30, 2013) 

Govt-WB sign two new project agreements
(The Himalayan, May 1, 2013)

Building Climate Resilience for Nepal’s Vulnerable Populations (World Bank, October 7, 2013)

Building Resilience to Climate Related Hazards- Additional Funding
​Project Details
Concept Note | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on June 9, 2015 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 5.0 million (Additional financing- grant funding)
USD 635,000 (MPIS)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (June 1, 2015)
United Kingdom (June 8, 2015)

World Bank Response to United Kingdom (June 4, 2015)

​Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on August 28, 2012 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 16.0 million (grant funding)
USD 15.0 million (concessional financing)
USD 950,000 (MPIS)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (August 23, 2012)
Germany (August 27, 2012)
United States (August 27, 2012)
Government of Nepal and IBRD Response to Germany, US, and UK (November 27, 2012)

Project Preparation Grant
Project Preparation Grant Proposal (Page 69)
Approved amount(s):
USD 500,000
Note: PPG Cancellation (PPG amount was added to the grant portion of the project)

MDB Preparation and Supervision Services (MPIS)
Approved on June 29, 2011 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 475,000 (MPIS First tranche)