Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (IWRM), Phase II
Project status: Ongoing
Expected date of closure: 31 September 2012
Implementing Partner: National Water Resources Authority (NWRA)
Responsible Programme Officer: Walid Ali,
Location: Sana’a, Taiz, Tuban- Abyan, Hadhramout
Background:The phase II of the programme is capitalizing on capacities that were developed during the phase I of the programme. It provides a response for addressing the water management issues with the objective of alleviating poverty and securing the basis for sustainable development, thereby helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goal related to water and sanitation. In addition, the programme aims to ensure coherence in the work of key water authorities.The programme (IWRM I)originally focused on the following three components:
(i)Capacity and institutional building;
(ii)Strategic planning; and
(iii)Basin level water governance and management.
However, the focus of IWRM II was restructured in order to deliver the following activity results:
(i)Capacity and Institutional Building;
(ii)Awareness raising activities on water resources management and use;
(iii)Promotion and piloting of rainwater harvesting and traditional water; and
(iv)Initiate implementation of water basin management plans developed.
The initial IWRM II project‘s duration was planned for one year (January through December 2012). However, the project experienced difficulties to deliver the expected out within the year of 2010 as a number of activities have not achieved due to technical reasons. The project board recommended extending the project for another six months (January-June 2011) to achieve the pending activities. However, in 2011, the political unrest experienced in the country has further slowed down project progress. As such, the project has been extended for another six month (till end of 2011) to allow for completion of the pending activities of the project. By end of the 2011, the project has delivered the expected results as outlined except for the pilot rainwater harvesting in Taiz due to technical reasons. However, the allocated budget of the activity has been supporting another activity under the component of initiating water basin management action plans to keep climate data collection and monitoring operation due to suspension of Water Support Sector Programme (WSSP) under the political unrest in the country.
UNDP Practice Area: Poverty and Sustainable Development
Duration: One year (2010); the project was extended until December 2011, additional funding of about US$ 46,512 was received from Coca Cola to implement pilot interventions to showcase rainwater harvesting and grey water reuse for a period of seven month until July 2012.
Total budget as originally planned for 2010: USD 315,000
Sources of funding:
-UNDP USD 11,008.28
-Gov’t YemenUSD 63,836.48
-CIDAUSD 250,000( in agreement with CIDA, the remainder balance from the capacity building component under the Masila project was transferred to support implementation of the IWRM, Phase II. However, an amount of USD 9,049.02 is still under Masila project that should be transferred to CIDA)
-Coca ColaUSD 46,512 ( receivedin 2012)
Total delivery as of December 2011:USD 314,201.63Fund Delivery breakdown
Donor / Commitment in US $ / Delivery by Year / Total delivery / Balance
2010 / 2011
CIDA / 250,000.00 / 148,576.62 / 101,399.39 / 249,976.02 / 23.98*
Gov. / 63,836.48 / 5,354.61 / 51,272.87 / 56,627.48 / 7,209.00
UNDP / 11,008.28 / 7,209.00 / 0.00 / 7,598.13 / 3,410.15
Coca Cola / 46,512.00 / n/a / n/a / n/a / 46,512.00
- Note I:In agreement with CIDA, the remainder balance from the capacity building component under the Masila project was transferred to support implementation of the IWRM, Phase II. However, an amount of USD 9,049.02 is still under Masila project that should be transferred to CIDA.
- Note II: Upon the transfer of the US$ 250,000 from Masila project to IWRM II, there was no clear clue about the leftover since the final financial statements of the Masila project had not been yet posted by the system at UNDP Headquarters. So, only the indicated amount of US$ 250,000 which the system initially showed as balance at that time was transferred to IWRM II from Masila project. After that, when the certified financial system were published by the system, additional balance of about US $9,000 were confirmed. Although we should have approached CIDA then, the emerging development in the country including the political unrest which slowed down the project performance made the UNDP Yemen to reconsider the timing for requesting the transfer of the indicated US $ 9,000 balance, as there were serious concerns about the delivery of the already allocatedfunds. Therefore, the UNDP Yemen has been monitoring the situation very closely before a request for the transfer of the UN$ 9,000 is made.
- Note III: At the end of 2011r, although the hindering circumstances, the project managed to deliver the planned results. In addition, the project managed to attract additional funding of about US$ 47,000 from Coca cola to finance rainwater harvesting and grey-water reuses across three pilot areas in Yemen. The project board meeting approved the new funding and directed the project team to prepare plan accordingly and initiate implementation. The plan has been to extend the project until September 2012.
CIDA-funded Achievement Report:
1.Capacity and Institutional Building:
- About 11 training programmes targeted about 111 trainees from several NWRA branches were implemented which includes: Integrated water resources management; Ground water modeling; Water quality data management and modeling; Aquifer performance test analysis; Advance GIS-based water resources management; Data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting for meteorological, rainfall and groundwater data; Awareness raising techniques; Geophysics Studies, analysis and interpretation; The groundwater vulnerability maps by using GIS; Rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge; The well logging training course. These courses included training 111 trainees from the NWRA and branches in Hadramout, Aden, Sana'a, Ta'aiz, Dhamar, Hodeidah, and Sa’ada, and Shabwah office.
- Capacities for controlling illegal drilling, efficient water use and monitoring of pollution sources have been enhanced (i.e. implementation of an awareness training program for some water users groups and water basin management committees in the Taiz governorate)
- Alternative ways of irrigation and rain water harvesting models among the civil society organizations associationshave been promoted
- Water committee and water group users were provided with technical backstopping (i.e. training of 20 trainees from water users associations in Governorate of Taiz , Abyan and Lahj (Tuban) to strengthen thier respective institutional structure oin terms of administrative, financial and technical aspects.
2.Awareness raising activities on water resources management and use
- Coordinate with schools and design an awareness raising program based on the awareness strategy
- Develop and launch water competition program for school children (formed the water friends groups composed of 5-6 students in 10 schools in the capital).
- Produce awareness raising materials (produce two stories , one play and one coloring book)
- Publish and disseminate awareness materials (Published about 2000 copies of each type of awareness material, totaling 8000 copies)
- Design and produce awareness materials and arrange for awareness raising events/means( Partial ) (Design and printing 5000 copies of the special poster focused on water use rationalization in mosques and restaurants
- about 5000 copies of the special poster focused on water use rationalization at homes were designed , printed and distributed;
- About 5000 copies of a special poster to promote modern irrigation were designed , printed and distributed;
- About 5000 copies of a special poster to promote rainwater harvesting were designed , printed and distributed
- About 25,000 School Stickers and Printing were designed , printed and distributed;
- About 20,000 School Students timetable were designed , printed and distributed;
- About 20,000 Travel Doa’a (supplication) for use in cars were designed , printed and distributed;
- Awareness materials were disseminated, and appropriate events organized including TV programmes, campaigns, and workshops;
- Consultation workshop were conduct to identify and prioritize key awareness messages, target groups and means to deliver the messages;
- Quarterly NWRA newsletter (Published 5 issues of the droplets magazine during 2010 and 2011) were issued; and
- Public events were used for raising water Awareness.
3.Promotion and piloting of rainwater harvesting and traditional water management systems
- Lessons learnt,experiences and approaches from traditional water harvesting systems in Yemen were documented and analyzed;
- Consultation workshops with stakeholders focusing on rehabilitation of traditional water systems, re-use of grey water and piloting of water harvesting systems were organized; and
- Various reports on Rainwater Harvesting from various Governorates including Taiz, Sa’adah, Hodeida and Aden were synthesized and compiled, and recommendations have been made for enhancing future rainwater harvesting interventions in Yemen.
4.Initiate implementation of water basin management plans developed
- Technical support to the NWRA branches in Hadhramout, Taiz and Aden was provided
- A database for the Wadi Hadhramout waster basin was developed;
- Water quality assessment for Taiz and Hadhramout water basins were carried out;
- Water quality monitoring network in Hadhramout basin were designed;
- Data collection and maintenance for the purpose of monitoring the hydrologic stations across a number of Governorates including Taiz, Tuban Abyan as well as Soqatra island was conducted;
- Monitoring changes in water levels in Taiz, Tuban Abyan and Hadhramout were performed
- Water quality monitoring in Taiz and Tuban Abyan basins as conduced