The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE) with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the Department of National Planning (NPD), Ministry Irrigation and Water Management (MIWM) Ministry of Agriculture (MA), Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply and Ministry of Disaster Management, secured financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to implement a USD 38.1 million project aimed at strengthening the resilience of Smallholder farmers in the dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events.
This Project will support the Government to implement integrated solutions to water management in three river basins in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. The Project aims to achieve higher levels of food, livelihoods and water security for flood and drought affected poor communities. GCF resources will be invested in improving access to irrigation and eco-system based agricultural practices, improved community managed drinking water infrastructure, scaling up decentralized drinking water systems and strengthening early warning, forecasting and climate advisories to protect farmers, particularly women from climate related impacts.
The Project will benefit 750,000 people living in the three river basins directly through investments in irrigation, drinking water and disaster risk management. Moreover, around 770,000 people living in these districts will indirectly benefit from the project interventions in capacities and early warning systems. Under this Project, which will be implemented from 2017 to 2024 UNDP will work with a number of government institutions to deliver the Project outputs and activities and measures its impacts.
The Project covers three key components:
- Component 1: Climate resilient investment to rehabilitate small tank-based cascading systems and related infrastructure and facilitate sustainable, climate-proof agricultural practices in targeted areas;
- Component 2: Investments to increase access to and quality of drinking water in remote and rural areas through a multi-pronged partnership approach that seeks to replenish sources, build storage, purify contaminated water and address root causes of water quality issues;
- Component 3: Improve community access to timely early warning for flood and drought to avoid losses and impacts on key livelihood assets. This includes the generation, coding, modelling, dissemination and access to weather related data/knowledge including advise and early warning.
The Project implementation modality includes a Project Management Unit established under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the Project Director, Deputy Project Director responsible for three river basins, Project Accountant and other project staff and a field office established in the project area. UNDP as the responsible party for Project assurance will provide technical assistance to implement the Project. Under this, the service of a team of technical specialists will be provided by UNDP to facilitate the implementation of the Project. Further, a national level technical advisory committee will be established to obtain specialist advice to ensure integrated approach for climate resilient water management.
The Water Supply Engineer for Climate Resilient Drinking Water Supply will be part of the UNDP’s technical team in the field for Project implementation and is responsible for coordinating, liaising monitoring, reporting, and providing relevant technical and other guidance to Responsible Parties in Component 2 of the Project; namely the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and Department of National Community Water Supply; and the CRIWMP PMU/District staff and engaged Community Support Organizations in districts.
The Water Supply Engineer will work very closely with the Technical Coordinator, Water Resources nd Technical Specialist for Climate Resilient Drinking Water Supply who is part of the UNDP’s technical team in the office/field for Project implementation and is responsible to provide overall technical guidance to implement the component 2 of the Project.