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Mott MacDonald to carry out climate resilience studies in Tajikistan

Posted: Tuesday 25th January 2011

Mott MacDonald, the leading engineering, management and development consultancy, has been appointed by the Asian Development Bank to carry out climate resilience planning and capacity building in Tajikistan. The studies form part of the joint Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and World Bank Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience in nine countries around the world*.

Tajikistan, a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia, is among the countries that are most vulnerable to climate change. There are worsening weather conditions, more frequent floods and droughts, increasing glacier melt, combined with already frequent earthquakes, landslides and avalanches. All of which pose a severe threat to the country’s food security, ecosystems, downstream infrastructure, communities and services such as irrigation, hydropower and potable water. As nearly half of Central Asia’s water resources originate in the Tajikistan mountains, there are concerns the melting glaciers could eventually lead to water shortages across the entire region.

Mott MacDonald’s role, as technical consultant, involves assessing the vulnerability of Tajikistan’s water sector assets to climate impact. This will include identifying and prioritising vulnerable communities, ecosystems and infrastructure. The consultancy will be required to develop adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change, based on downscaled hydroclimate impact models. The company will demonstrate ways to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning as well as prepare sector-based hazard management investment plans.

Wim Verheugt, Mott MacDonald’s project director said, “This is a very important project for Tajikistan and we are proud to be able to offer our assistance. The country is Central Asia’s most impoverished country and stands to be the hardest hit by climate change. The outcome of our studies will help the Asian Development Bank, along with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank, and other development partners, to develop and invest in effective adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change.”

He continued, “Mott MacDonald has over 80 years’ worldwide experience in every aspect of water development and management. We look forward to offering our wealth of skills and knowledge to the project.”

The project is due for completion by July 2011.


Notes to Editors

* The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is part of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), a multi-donor Trust Fund within the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs). The overall objective of the program is to provide incentives for scaled-up action and transformational change in integrating consideration of climate resilience in national development planning consistent with poverty reduction and sustainable development goals.

The following nine countries and two regions have been invited to date: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Mozambique, Nepal, Republic of Niger, Republic of Tajikistan, Yemen, Zambia, Caribbean (Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) and Pacific (Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga).

Mott MacDonald technical adviser for Moldova irrigation reform programme

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Millennium Challenge Account on behalf of the Government of Moldova to provide technical assistance for the Irrigation Sector Reform Activity (ISRA) to improve Moldova’s overall capacity to manage limited water resources amid increasing water demand.

A 2009 United Nations Development Programme report suggests that due to climate change water levels could decrease by 16-20 percent within the next 15 years, harming sectors like agriculture which is one of the country’s economic mainstays.

The ISRA project consists of two parts namely irrigation management transfer (IMT) and river basin management (RBM). The primary objective of the IMT is to establish water authorities that are fully capable of managing and operating the rehabilitated irrigation systems. The objective of RBM is to assist the Government of Moldova to sustainably manage water resources at a basin level. This includes supporting the implementation of the proposed Water Law and building institutional capacity.

Mott MacDonald will help provide technical support to Millennium Challenge Account to help facilitate the integration of all irrigation activities. Key tasks will include developing and maintaining work plans and risk management tools, helping to develop a policy framework to implement the water law and assisting water authorities in assuming responsibility for irrigation management.

Mott MacDonald’s project director Caroline La Chapelle said, “We are delighted to be appointed on this incredibly important project for Moldova. The threat of water shortages overshadows the future development of the country. By helping to improve national water resource management we are helping to safeguard the country’s economy. Mott MacDonald has a wealth of experience in delivering water projects all over the world and we aim to be able to demonstrate our expertise on this programme.”

The project is due for completion mid 2015.

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