Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 08 May 2008
PDS Updated as of 28 Jan 2015

Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project
Country Regional
Project/Program Number 40190-012
Status Closed
Geographical Location Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam
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 Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services
Subsector Rural flood protection
Urban flood protection
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 3: Some gender elements (SGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance6456Japan Special Fund2,000
Technical Assistance6456Strategic Climate Fund162
Counterpart 500
TOTAL US$ 2,662

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

The rural poor are the primary beneficiaries of the Project since the negative impact of floods in CAM, LAO, and VIE is magnified by the limited economic capacity of the affected peoples to deal with such events. Gender and Development. The Project is intended to address disaster mitigation, and while addressing gender issues, is unlikely to promote gender equality. Involuntary Resettlement. Resettlement issues are unlikely to be encountered in the Project since the activities are expected to be related to capacity building, institutional strengthening, and upgrading of existing flood and drought mitigation facilities. Indigenous Peoples. The focus of the Project will be the livelihood needs and safety of vulnerable groups affected by floods and droughts within the floodplains of the Lower Mekong Basin. Since indigenous peoples are often affected by disasters and have different coping mechanisms, the RETA will examine this issue further during the investment project preparation. Labor. The Project is not expected to have a negative impact on labor.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

National workshops are being held at key decision points during the RETA, particularly during the preparation of the investment projects, to seek feedback from and disseminate information to key stakeholders.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Stakeholder analysis and participation in the preparation of regional and national road maps for flood and drought risk management and mitigation are key features of the project design. The consultations with national, provincial, district, and community stakeholders, held throughout the design phase of the country investment projects, ensured that the proposed investments are appropriately targeted and addressed the needs of the vulnerable communities.


The Regional Technical Assistance (RETA) will improve the ability of communities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet nam to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the negative impact of floods and droughts. The Project has prepared three separate investment projects (CAM, LAO, VIE) to provide financing for appropriate flood risk management and drought risk management interventions in each country. The outcome of the Project is the improved ability of communities and governments to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flood and drought events. Key activities of the RETA are (i) identifying and prioritizing flood and drought issues in each country (including CAM, LAO, VIE and THA) through the development of a regional and national road-maps for improved flood and drought risk management; (ii) developing a prioritized program of structural and nonstructural FRM and DRM interventions in each country; and (iii) preparing feasibility studies for national investment programs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam based on the county-specific prioritized program of interventions. The ensuing loans for CAM, LAO and VIE were approved in Quarter 4 2012. Remaing RETA resources are being used in 2013 to support the respective EAs in project start-up activities.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The RETA has helped the four countries of the Lower Mekong Basin define regional and national road maps for flood and drought mitigation. The Project was implemented in close collaboration with the Mekong River Commission's Flood Management and Mitigation Program.

Development Impact

Improved ability of communities and governments to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flood and drought events

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Agreed design of the resulting investment projects for Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam.
Progress Towards Outcome
The Final Reports for each country, which provided an agreed design of the resulting investment projects, were submitted on 11 November 2011.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Regional and national road maps of prioritized interventions, with key milestones, to improve flood and drought risk management for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam Prioritized lists of country interventions to reduce risks of flood and drought Feasibility studies for investment projects to implement prioritized country interventions
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The country roadmaps were submitted in the first half of 2010. The Regional Road Map was submitted in December 2010. The Final Reports for each country were submitted on 11 November 2011. The investment projects were approved on 6 November 2012 (LAO and VIE) and 12 December 2012 (CAM). All the financing agreements have been signed (CAM 17 January 2013, LAO 4 December 2012, and VIE 21 December 2012). The LAO project is expected to be effective in March 2013, CAM in April 2013 and VIE in May 2013.
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2008 May 09
Consulting Services
Consulting firm inputs have been rendered. Selected individual consultants continue to assist the executing agencies with start-up activities in preparation for the expected loan effectiveness and start of implementation of the ensuing projects.
Office equipment have been procured using ADB's Procurement Guidelines. These equipment have been transferred to the implementing agencies.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 08 Sep 2006
Fact-finding 30 Apr 2007 to 14 May 2007
Management Review Meeting
Approval 23 Apr 2008


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 6456 23 Apr 2008 23 Apr 2008 31 Mar 2010 31 Mar 2014


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 6456 2,162 2,162 2,141 21 2,141 21

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Su Chin Teoh (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Asian Development Bank
Ian Makin


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