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NAPA II – Climate-resilient Water Harvesting for Rural Areas

Posted on: February 18th, 2015

NAPPA-ll-Rainwater-harvestingNational Adaptation Programme of Actions (NAPAs) provides a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage. For the NAPA II in Bhutan, the objective is to “enhance national, local and community capacity to prepare for and respond to climate-induced multi-hazards to reduce potential losses of human lives, national economic infrastructure, livelihoods, and livelihood assets”. The National Environment Commission is the executing agency with Tarayana Foundation as one of the local implementing partners. The project period is from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017 and Tarayana is working with 20 communities in 4 Dzongkhags to promote climate-resilient water harvesting practices among the poor rural communities. The table below lists project target areas and intended number of beneficiaries. These have been identified based on poverty incidence, occurrence of water scarcity, and presence of Tarayana Foundation at the grassroots level,

Tarayana has completed community mobilization in these communities to bring the community members on board to ensure active participation and ownership of the project right from the start and has completed a baseline survey to identify suitable water harvesting and management options and approaches, and secondly to collect a set of baseline indicators/ benchmarks for assessing impact of the project in future.

Along with the Tarayana team, an international consultant visited the project sites in Tsirang and Samtse in January-February 2015 to identify potential solutions to the water scarcity issues in Tsirang and water management issues in Samtse.

The project is funded by Global Environment Facility with an allocation of USD 315,000 towards Tarayana’s activities.