Climate Resilience improvement Project (CRIP) is executed by Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management with the credit facilities of International Development Agency (IDA) – World Bank. The Project is being implemented by Department of Irrigation (ID) since,2014. Department of Irrigation (ID), Road Development Authority (RDA), Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka (MASL), National Building Research Organization (NBRO) and Provincial Road Development Department (PRDD) in Uva Provincial are the key implementation agencies for the CRIP. Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established in premises of the Ministry to manage the entire project.
In response to the devastation arising from water-related natural disaster, particularly floods and droughts, the comprehensive programme on Climate Resilient Improvement is jointly developed by GOSL and WB and being implemented by GOSL with the support of IDA-WB credits which encompasses the process of strengthening risk management through better information, timely financing, contingency funds, and enhancing the capacity to enabling policies and resilience planning to absorb shock as well as to self-renew which is a central phenomenon of the CRIP.
The project is mainly focused to establish a process that would built a more climatic resilient economy since current understanding of multispectral impacts of climate and flood & drought modeling and scenario analysis are not adequate at present. In addition, project supports to implement urgent climate mitigation investments required to ensure the short-term integrity of flood control and irrigation infrastructure, transport network and critical education facilities at risk.
“To build a more climatic resilient economy through long term institutional arrangement to convene agencies that compete for water resources and ensure sustainability and resilience of major investments”
“To strengthening climate risk management through better information, timely financing, contingency funds, and enhancing the capacity to enabling policies and strategies support resilience planning for long term sustainability of investment”
The project is entirely financed by WB-IDA for implementation of 4 project components by allocating US$ 110 million equivalents to Rs. 14,356 million for original project and additional US$ 42 million equivalent to Rs 5880 million as Additional Financing for implementation of activities identified under Additional Financing which were emerged with 2014 floods. In addition, the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) is allocated USD 1.8 million equivalents to Rs. 235 million for payment of project allowance for staff involved in implementation of project under each Implementing Agency (IA).
The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to reduce the vulnerability of exposed people and assets to climate risk (hydro meteorological risks: flood, drought and landslide) and to improve Government’s capacity to respond effectively to disasters.
Broader perspective of the project
Project Investments are helping to protect millions of lives, livelihoods and safeguard growth in key socio-economic sectors of the country by combining Climate Resilience planning with development benefits to reduce vulnerability of exposed people and properties over the short as well as longer term, adopting development planning with focus on climate resilience management. The process and instruments developed through multi-sectoral and multistakeholder approach will help to identify the most risks from disasters, climate extremes, gradual and long-term climatic changes, and their associated impacts, and the design of measures to reduce, transfer and prepare for such risks to enable the government to make long term investment in economic development without hydro-meteorological risks.
The project is executed by Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management with the credit facilities of International Development Agency (IDA) – World Bank and implemented by Department of Irrigation (ID), Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka (MASL), Road Development Authority (RDA), National Building Research Organization (NBRO) and Provincial Road Development Department -Uva Province with coordinating, facilitating and monitoring function played by PMU.