Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 05 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 16 Jul 2008

Project Name Early Warning Systems Study
Country Bangladesh
Project/Program Number 38625-022
Status Approved
Geographical Location Bangladesh
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Transport and ICT
Subsector ICT
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance4562-0

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Not applicable with this TA.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

All the eleven consultants completed their assignments in the scheduled period and submitted the Final Report in December 2006 as per original schedule. Due to pending payments to the consultants the activity had been extended till 30 Sep 2007. After necessary final payments to all the eleven consultants the TA account was closed on 17 August 2007. After receiving / incorporating the interdepartmental comments, with approval from DG-SARD, the TCR has been circulated and posted in the web on 17 September 2007.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objective of the technical assistance (TA) is to assist the Government of Bangladesh in assessing the effectiveness of the existing flood forecasting system (FFS) and in preparing a strategy to enhance the FFS to improve its usefulness and early warning capability. This will entail assessing the FFS with respect to institutional, technical, physical, and other constraints; developing a strategy for enhancing the FFS, and preparing project profiles and prefeasibility studies for enhancing the FFS in Bangladesh, including capacity building and training. Scope and Outline Terms of Reference: The TA will entail the following major tasks: (i) Review forecasting and dissemination of flood warning experiences in the 2004 and 1998 floods in Bangladesh. With respect to forecasting and dissemination of flood warning experiences, identify all key actors and the roles they played, and analyze levels of effectiveness with which the mandated tasks were performed. (ii) Based on the prior flood experiences, determine the optimal goal for flood forecasting in terms of advance notice at the household level. (iii) Systematically examine all existing institutions engaged in technical work related to flood forecasting; provide a narrative of their functions; and summarize resources that have been invested in the development and operation of these institutions over the past 5 years, including capital investments as well as for capacity building and operations. (iv) With respect to flood forecasting, identify what unique capabilities each institution has; and identify gaps in technical, organizational, or other relevant areas in the collective makeup of these institutions in meeting the optimal flood forecasting target determined on analysis. Based on this review, develop a set of recommendations on bringing greater rationality and organizational effectiveness within the network of institutions engaged in flood forecasting. (v) Examine and map the dissemination process currently used in flood warning, estimate the time required for transmitting warnings once the information becomes available, and critically analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole process. (vi) Carry out a technical review, and qualitative and quantitative assessment of existing flood forecasting systems, identifying key physical and other constraints and resulting gaps and key areas needed for effective and advance flood forecasting. (vii) Provide capacity building and training at Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) in flood forecasting and related areas including effective ways for disseminating information to stakeholders. (viii) Help BWDB prepare a comprehensive FFS strategy and program, including a road map, project profiles, and prefeasibility studies for recommended key studies and investment projects supporting the FFS. (ix) Help BWDB prepare a new strategy for early dissemination of information and assist in building capacity of BWDB staff to implement the new strategy.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
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Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Feb 05
Consulting Services
Consulting Services yet to be determined.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 12 Sep 2004 to 27 Sep 2004
Management Review Meeting
Approval 20 Jan 2005


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 4562 20 Jan 2005 23 Apr 2005 23 Apr 2005 14 Aug 2005 30 Sep 2007


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 4562 250 250 184 66 184 66

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Zahir Uddin Ahmad (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Bangladesh Water Development Board
Mr. Sazedul Karim Chowdhury


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