Preparation of State Specific Action Plan on Climate Change for Water Sector

The preparation of water sector specific climate change report, for Karnataka state, as per TOR provided by the National Water Mission.The NWM communications state that

“The SSAPCC for water sector need to be formulated based on scientific assessment of the climate vulnerability to long term climate change. A scientific assessment will help in identifying and prioritizing mitigation/adaptation strategies, identifying most vulnerable districts/social groups/sectors. water intensive sectors (Industry, Energy, Agriculture etc.); climate change projections; GHG Emissions (sectors/regions), etc.”

The detailed scope of work is looking more like a compilation of secondary, existing text for completeness of the document. This is the context in which the following is set;

  • Project Methodology: Description of the main activities to be conducted and it could be expanded to cover the following:
    1. Assessment and comment on confidence levels and sensitivity analysis of modelling results
    2. In addition to annual shifts in climate and water resource conditions and their impact, the assessment should include the likelihood, potential impact, mitigation and adaption measures, of CC to within year temporal shifts in climatic conditions such as might affect the timing of monsoons and the cropping cycle.
    3. Based on the extensive and deep experience of the project team, a review of CC, it’s impacts, mitigation and adaption approaches from key literature and in particular the IPCC should be provided with potential implications for Karnataka and for the ACIWRM key program areas of river basin plans and water use and productivity.
    4. Implications of projected hydrologic and climate change should also consider the impacts on farmer and rural-folk socio-economic and living conditions. The full range of possible impacts (as well as the traditional) should be considered such as for example whether there is an increased risk of forest wild fires, etc.
    5. Knowledge gaps and priority needs for further studies/investigations particularly in regard to adaptation and mitigation approaches
    6. Assessment of management options should also be subjected to risk analysis (ie. likelihood and consequence)
  • Project Reporting:It is anticipated that a minimum of 3 reports will be required and these should be identified in the project schedule:
    1. A mid project progress report at an appropriate stage to be identified in the schedule;
    2. A draft final report for comment by the ACIWRM. This is to be supported by a workshop presentation on the draft project report provided to the ACIWRM and held in Bangalore prior to ACIWRM providing its comments on the draft report
    3. The final report following comment from ACIWRM. This will comprise 3 hard copies and a digital copy
    4. In addition, a report should be furnished immediately for further instruction by the client (ACIWRM) if there is a need for departure from the agreed project plan