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Workshop WCP WACREP south asia_lal induruwage_1 sep



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  • 1. Stockholm, Sweden 1 September 2013 Lal Induruwage, Programme Manager, Water & Climate Resilience Programme (WACREP)9/2/2013 1
  • 2. • South Asia spreads over about 4% of the World’s land area • Possesses about 4.5% of the water resources • The sub region is the home for about 23% of global population • world’s highest concentration of poor people with over 1 billion living on less than USD 2 per day • high levels of malnourishment • high economic growth • high urban growth • low access to energy. • The resources are considerably stressed (even without climate change) • Shrinking glaciers, soil erosion, pollution, groundwater degradation—and trans-boundary issues
  • 3. Key Water Challenges in South Asia • Coping with likely economic and physical water shortage in relation to population, economic growth and improved living standards impacting on water security, resulting in access, adequacy and equity issues. • Coping with increased and more intense climate change /variability disasters such as floods, landslides and droughts and resultant migration. • Addressing Trans-boundary water sharing, allocation and development issues. • Addressing /mitigating increased overexploitation, contamination and pollution of both surface and ground water. • Improving water productivity, water quality and waste water management within the context of rapid population growth, urbanization and competing demands. • Inadequate use of technology / media in the water sector. • Addressing environmental changes due to global warming and climate change considering South Asia as an ” Environmental Hot Spot”.
  • 4. • Incorporating IWRM in all stakeholder activities including institutions and communities, backstopped through appropriate institutional changes, policies and laws. • Planning for use, allocation and management of water (intra and inter basin), to be based on principles of IWRM and Good Governance • Promoting water use efficiency, conservation of water resources and resilience through conjunctive use, supply augmentation such as rain water harvesting and water saving technology. • Sharing climate, metrological, technical data and information on agricultural and water use best practices. • Capacity Building and knowledge dissemination on IWRM, Climate Change Adaptation and disaster coping. Key Water Challenges in South Asia Contd.. IWRM Related Challenges;
  • 5. Water & Climate Resilience Programme (WACREP), South Asia • Goal: To improve the resilience of South Asian countries to withstand the impacts of climate change. • Objectives: - Water security & climate resilience enhanced through better water resources management in South Asia, - Capacities of partnership, institutes and stakeholders enhanced to integrate water security and climate resilience in development planning and decision making process, - Local climate resilience investment programme and plans developed and government begin to implement them. 9/2/2013 5
  • 6. Expected Benefits • Improved and focused investment strategies that ensure efficient and timely use of resources for climate resilient development, • Improved sustainability of poverty alleviation, rural development and water resources development projects and programs, • Improved livelihoods at local level by communities directly involved in pilot projects on climate resilience with stress on agriculture and food security. 9/2/2013 6
  • 7. WACREP Status • Concept initiated at the meeting of Regional Chair in November 2012 • Consultant was appointed to develop the Project Document • Country Consultation Meetings were held in Q1 & Q2 2013 and Country Status Reports Produced (Funded by WACREP) • Draft Project Document developed by the Consultant 9/2/2013 7
  • 8. Process of WACREP WP Development • Final Work Plan with working Sheets (Excel) shared with the Water & Climate Focal Point/Global Coordinator – W&CP, GWPO • With the guidance of GWPO, activities to be implemented under Phase 1 (800,000 Euros) were identified (80 tasks to 48) • Work Plan & LF under review by GWPO • Funds for Q4 will be released upon the WP endorsement by GWPO 9/2/2013 8
  • 9. Challenges & Constraints • Time Frame From Q4 2013 To Q1 2015 • Political Will & Commitment • Participatory approach of Communities & CBOs • Capacity of the CWPs – Staff, Technical Knowledge etc. 9/2/2013 9
  • 10. Thank You..! 9/2/2013 10