Description: 

A program to strengthen institutional capacity through defining a new integrated river basin management approach to climate change adaptation in three pilot sub-basins of the Rio Grande river basin.

Background:

Bolivia, often noted for its mountainous topography, is also a country known for high vulnerability to climate change. Insufficient management of natural resources and high levels of urban and rural poverty present challenges to sustained development in this country, which has made significant progress in the past decade. In particular, water scarcity is becoming a greater concern as average temperature increases and extreme weather events become more common.

To address issues regarding water scarcity, Bolivia has adopted a new Integrated River Basin Management (IBRM) approach to climate change adaptation. This project supports the IBRM policy adoption through creation of a pilot program in three sub-basins of the Rio Grande river basin. The success of this pilot program will be used as a guide for widespread implementation of IBRM throughout Bolivia.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project is the result of a partnership between the Government of Bolivia, the World Bank Group, and CIF. CIF invested $45.5 million in PPCR funding for the project, which was begun in 2013. The three sub-basins targeted by the project, known as the Misque, Rocha, and Pirai sub-basins, are home to nearly 1.7 million Bolivians, who will benefit from improved management of water resources in the region.

The objective of this project is to support the implementation of Bolivia’s strategy for Climate Resilience by strengthening institutional capacity to define the new IBRM approach to climate change adaptation. The pilot sub-basins are home to approximately 700,000 indigenous people, and these communities will have an active part in the decision making process. While direct beneficiaries will be defined during project implementation, it is expected that 50 percent of them will be women.

Three outcomes are expected as a result of this project. First, national capacity for climate change adaptation will be strengthened. This will occur through improved systems for climate and water information, as well as capacity building for use of those systems. A second outcome will be improved capacity for climate change adaptation in the sub-basins. This will be accomplished through capacity building at the sub-basin level, as well as the formation of climate resilient river basin management plans in all sub-basins. Third, subprojects will be designed to enhance resilience to climate change in the pilot sub-basins. This will take place through financing of studies on social and environmental safeguards, as well as goods and services for project implementation and training of beneficiaries for project operation and maintenance. Some infrastructure investment sub-projects, such as construction of irrigation systems, will also take place as a result of the project.

Subprojects will be designed to enhance resilience to climate change in the pilot sub-basins. This will take place through financing of studies on social and environmental safeguards, as well as goods and services for project implementation and training of beneficiaries for project operation and maintenance. Some infrastructure investment sub-projects, such as construction of irrigation systems, will also take place as a result of the project.

IBRD Project Portal

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.

In the News:
World Bank to Help Fund Climate Change Adaptation in Bolivia (World Bank, July 25, 2014)

Project Details
Cover Note | Project Document | Summary of Project Concept | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on October 2, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 45.5 million (grant funding)
USD 475,000 (MPIS Second tranche)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (July 3, 2013)
Australia (July 8, 2013)
Japan (July 8, 2013)
Germany (July 8, 2013)
United Kingdom (August 27, 2013) 
Germany (September 27, 2013)
United Kingdom (October 1, 2013)

IBRD Response to  Australia, Japan, UK, and Germany (August 8, 2013)
IBRD Response to United Kingdom (September 23, 2013)