Drainage, Irrigation and Wetlands Improvement Project: Monitoring and Evaluation Consultancy

Detailed description of project:

The Drainage, Irrigation and Wetlands Improvement Project Phase 1 (DIWIP) deals with alleviating drainage and associated soil salinization problems which affect the right bank of the Amu Darya in Uzbekistan. The situation shall be remedied through the construction and rehabilitation of drainage collectors, irrigation structures and improved irrigation water management throughout the irrigation and drainage system, including water management in the fields. A related concern addressed by the project is to reduce the disposal of drainage water into the Amu-Darya River to avoid occurrence of excessive mineralisation concentrations which have arisen in the past. The total project volume is 74.5 million USD.

DIWIP Phase I included:

  • South Karakalpakstan Main Drain (SKMD): Remodelling of existing collector drains in the northern perimeter to provide a channel draining eastwards;
  • Rehabilitation of collector drains in South Karakalpakstan: selective improvements of inter-farm drains which are served by SKMD to ensure that all participants benefit from the improved disposal system;
  • Development of water user associations, including training, establishment and operation of demonstration plots and facilitating farmers’ access to relevant information;
  • Improvements in the command area like user-defined improvements to the local canal and drainage system, restorative land levelling, etc.;
  • Improvements to major structures such as canal regulators (repair gate valves and seal leakages etc.) and reparation of other deficiencies in the canal system affecting water management;
  • Implementation of the environmental management plan, including activities directly related to proposed construction works and providing associated environmental enhancements and mitigation measures.

Type of services provided:

M&E of progress and quality of project implementation included:

  • Physical implementation progress in the field as compared with prepared implementation schedules/work schedules in the contractors’ contracts;
  • Project costs, expenditures, and loan disbursements;
  • Performance-measured against pre-determined indicators for implementation and performance;
  • Providing feedback to the implementing agencies, in particular identifying lessons to be learned;
  • Utilizing the management information system developed earlier in DIWIP (including a geographical information system, GIS) to monitor project implementation and operational performance.

M&E of project performance specifically addressed:

  • The environmental impact of construction activities;
  • The impact of drainage installation on farming;
  • The impact on water management and water use efficiencies;
  • The effectiveness of the Environmental Management Plan;
  • The impact on the level of unemployment and household incomes;
  • Overall benefits and economic rate of return of the improvement measures.
Ministry of Agricult­ure and Water Resources, PIU Water Infrastructure
IBRD
10/2010 – 08/2013
Contract value:
432,000 €