Climate Resilient Coastal Protection and Management Project (TA 8652-IND)

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Global Environment Facility provided funds to be managed by ADB to support a project aimed to provide the climate change-related evidence and guidelines to current and future coastal protection and management initiatives in India. The TA has been implemented over four years (2015 to 2019) to complement ADB Loan 2679-IND: Sustainable Coastal Protection and Management Investment Program, which is funding coastal management measures in Karnataka and Maharashtra, seeking to address coastal protection needs using environmentally and socially appropriate solutions addressing issues of climate change too. The project complemented as well the World Bank funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

The TA was designed to support mainstreaming of climate change resilience into coastal protection and shoreline management through targeted measures, by:

  1. Developing and facilitating endorsement of Climate Change Adaptation Guidelines for Coastal Protection and Management in India;
  2. Supporting sustainability of coastal management in two target states of Karnataka and Maharashtra; 
  3. Implementation of selected pilot community coastal protection subprojects within the target states with integrated climate change adaptation measures; and capacity building and training measures.

The executing agency of the project was the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation through their constituent bodies, the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS). The CWC was to coordinate the work, and CWPRS was to act as the primary implementing agency for the studies and training. For the work in the two target states, the Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Karnataka Public Works, Ports and Inland Water Transport Department acted as local IAs.

A consortium led by FCG New Zealand was contracted in February 2015 for the provision of consulting services. The assignment covered five main areas of activity:

  1. Climate Change Adaptation Guidelines for Coastal Protection and Management in India;
  2. Quantification of climate change;
  3. Review of SCPMIP in Karnataka and Maharashtra;
  4. Community-led subprojects; and
  5. Training and capacity building.

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