Description: 

A project for technical assistance and equipment to help build the capacity of hydrometeorological services in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, as well as support of the implementation of regional-level activities to modernize hydromet service delivery to the socio-economic sectors in Central Asia.

Background

With international, regional and national partners, the World Bank initiated a regional hydromet strengthening program in September 2008, which was endorsed by the CAREC countries under a broader Central Asia and Caucasus Disaster Risk Management Initiative (CAC DRMI). The Regional Program was further developed during 2009, drawing upon the findings of assessments carried out in 2008-2009 in the Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Further meetings in Tashkent and Almaty have helped develop a prioritized set of regional and national level activities that can help modernize hydromet services in Central Asia.

The hydromet services in Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic are particularly weak and do not comply with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) standards and regulations for obtaining, processing and storage of all types of hydromet data and development of forecasts. Bank-supported partnership strategies for both Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic have outlined IDA support for strengthening the NMHSs in these countries and the CAHMP is developed for that purpose.

Objectives and Outputs:

The CAHMP aims to strengthen the hydromet service delivery, personnel and financial capacity of the NMHS in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. Coordination and information sharing will be encouraged between NMHSs of the 5 Central Asian countries. The hydromet monitoring system will be re-equipped and information technology base will be strengthened to provide timely warnings on dangerous hydromet events and support water management. The forecasting, warning, operational response and early warning system of the Committee for Emergency Situation will be improved. The long-term outcomes of the program will be measured in terms of higher-quality and more diversed information products in a user friendly, client-oriented format. Regional data and information exchange, particularly on hazards, will be improved.

This Regional Program will be implemented as a framework program to support national and regional hydrometeorology modernization activities funded by the governments, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and donors. It aims to rebuild the infrastructure and human capacity to reduce disaster risks, manage the consequences of climate variability and support the economic development of the agricultural, water resources, energy and transportation sectors. It will help Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan develop new business practices to sustain these hydromet services and support facilitation of regional cooperation in hydromet, including through sharing of related information.

The Regional Hydrology Center (RHC), part of the International Fund to Save the Aral Sea (IFAS), is expected to coordinate regional cooperation activities. Other donors have expressed support for these regional activities. Concrete expressions of support have come from Finland, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN ISDR), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). More such support, particularly from bilateral donors, is expected as discussions related to ASBP-3 are concluded towards the end of 2010.

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.

Project Details
Project Concept (Page 44) | Project Proposal | Project DocumentProposed Decision
Approved on March 8, 2011 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 7.0 million

MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)
Approved on December 2, 2011 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 200,000 (MPIS First tranche)