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Nepal was selected as one of the nine pilot countries for the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR). The PPCR is a program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), administered by the Multilateral Development Banks (in Nepal the Asian Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank) to support implementation of country-led programs and investments. The overall objective of the PPCR is to demonstrate ways to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning. Nepal accepted the offer to participate in the PPCR on May 13, 2009.

The first step in the PPCR process was the development of a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR). Nepal’s SPCR was developed by the Government of Nepal in partnership with the World Bank, IFC and ADB. The SPCR preparation process was designed by a group of consultants (one competitively recruited international consultant and three competitively recruited national consultants) that were hired and supervised by MoSTE, financed through an advance of PPCR funds. The proposed approach was reviewed and approved by a large stakeholder group, including (I) Government Ministries, development partners, NGOs, private sector and academicians.

This project, Building Resilience to Climate-Related Hazards (Component 2, administering by WB) is one of five components identified in the Nepal SPCR and was approved on June 28, 2011 by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-committee of the Climate Investment Funds. . The other projects under the SPCR are:

Component 1: Building Resilience of Watersheds in Mountain Eco-Regions ( administering by ADB),

Component 3: Mainstreaming Climate Risk Management in Development ( administering by the ADB),

Component 4: Building Climate Resilient Communities through Private Sector Participation (administering by the IFC), and

Component 5: Enhancing Climate Resilience of Endangered Species (Pull out/Take out ).

PPCR Components

The PPCR is a program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), administered by the Multilateral Development Banks (in Nepal the Asian Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank) to support implementation of country-led programs and investments. The overall objective of the PPCR is to demonstrate ways to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning. Nepal accepted the offer to participate in the PPCR on May 13, 2009. The Building Resilience to Climate-Related Hazards (BRCH) project started on 20 June 2013 in Nepal after signing an agreement between the Government of Nepal and the World Bank on 30 April 2013.

Building Resilience to Climate-Related Hazards (BRCH) project aims to transition Nepal’s hydro-meteorological services into a modern service-oriented system that will build resilience today as well as adaptive capacity for the future. It intends to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate related hazards by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weather and flood forecasts for disaster preparedness by the general population and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities. The project will also support agricultural management information system services to help farmers mitigate climate-related hazards.

Project Objective

  • Proposed Objective(s): The main objective of the proposed project is to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate related hazards by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weather and flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities, as well as developing agricultural management information system services to help farmers mitigate climate-related production risks.

Partnership Arrangements

The five components of the Nepal SPCR were designed and are implemented through a partnership of the World Bank, ADB and IFC. In addition, under this specific project, strong partnerships will be established with WMO, the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), DFID, UNDP, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN ISDR), Finland (FMI), USAID, GIZ, ICIMOD, China Meteorological Administration (CMA), India Meteorological Department (IMD) and others who have expressed willingness to support priority activities for climate resilience. The project will seek to liaise with partners both to capture and mainstream the valuable information generated by their activities, and to explore opportunities for generating information useful to their efforts.