Regional: Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam)

Sovereign Project | 40253-023 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is supporting a community-driven initiative to conserve forest land in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The project will enhance transboundary cooperation for preserving biodiversity-rich Cardamom Mountains and Eastern Plains Dry Forest in Cambodia, Triborder Forest areas in Lao People's Democratic Republic, and the Central Annamites in Viet Nam. It will also safeguard local livelihoods.

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Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam)
Project Number 40253-023
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0241-REG: GMS-CAM Biodiversity Conservation Corridor
Asian Development Fund US$ 19.00 million
Grant 0242-REG: GMS-LAO Biodiversity Conservation Corridor
Asian Development Fund US$ 20.00 million
Loan 2721-REG: GMS-VIE Biodiversity Conservation Corridor
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Forestry - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management - Rural water supply services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome n.a.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. In Cambodia, (i) 9 community protected areas (CPAs) cover an area of 18,157 ha have been approved as CPAs under Ministry of Environment and 14 community forests (CF) communities covering a total area of 32,769 ha have been approved under FA/MAFF; (ii) the final consultation workshop to review CPA management guideline was conducted, (iii) boundaries for 8 CPAs and 5 CFs have been approved; (iv) 3 CPA agreements in Mondulkiri have been signed while 4 CF agreements in Koh Kong are in progress.

In Lao PDR, at the strategic level, a team has completed the first phase of the biodiversity assessment to identify critical habitats for restoration. The second phase started in March 2015 to design restoration interventions in two critical gaps in the biodiversity corridors in Sekong and Attapeu provinces. Camera traps will be installed. At the village level, land use plans for 67 villages have been completed.

In Viet Nam, on 10 July 2014, the Prime Minister agreed on a proposal for piloting, planning, and management of biodiversity corridors. This important document allows MONRE to prepare and issue regulations and guidelines on the piloting of biodiversity corridors in the project provinces. Participatory village land-use planning has been completed and approved for 35 project communes.

2. In Cambodia, 7 nurseries are operational, 359.8 ha of forest enrichment have been planted inside 6 CPAs and 375.10 ha of forest enrichment have been planted inside 6 CFs.

In Lao PDR, 67 patrolling teams have been established. 9 nurseries have been established and 57,000 seedlings for planting in home gardens and village forest areas have been provided. A four-year forest planting plan has been developed with 444 ha of forest restored.

In Viet Nam, guidelines on community forest management and forest planting have been developed; 5 nurseries have been established (one in Quang Nam, two in Quang Tri, and four in Thua Thien Hue).; and 77 home gardens and 8 vegetable demonstration farms have been established. Community Forest Management (CFM) sites are under definition with initial pilots proposed at Ca Dy commune, Quang Nam province with about 2,000 ha, Huong Phung, Quang Tri province with 500 ha, and Hong Trung, Thua Thien Hue province with 93 ha. Based on the results of the participatory village land-use plans, a forest planting plan was completed with estimates of seedlings per village per year.

3. In Cambodia, consultants to conduct scoping for infrastructure and village development funds consultants have been mobilized. Consultants for livelihood strategy development and implementation are under recruitment.

In Lao PDR, feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs of sample subprojects have been approved. Contractors are submitting bids for works to start in late 2016. Village Development Funds have been established for all 68 project villages in Lao PDR. A livelihood strategy is being implemented.

In Viet Nam, rules and regulations for commune development funds have been completed and approved. Training has been provided for readiness of the implementation of the commune development funds. Consultants for infrastructure design and supervision have been recruited and infrastructure subprojects have been identified for all three project provinces. The first feasibility study of a subproject in Quang Tri has been approved.

4. In Cambodia, Central Project Coordination Units (CPCUs) were established in the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Provincial Project Implementation Units have been established in Koh Kong and Mondulkiri provinces. As the result of the midterm review in December 2014, a revised design and monitoring framework has been approved by the Government and ADB, with consequent reallocation of budget and revised procurement plan. The project implementation arrangements have also been changed to include fewer full-time Project staff rather than a high number of part-time Project staff. Project Implementation Units (PIUs) with central and provincial offices have replaced the Central Project Coordination Unit, and Forestry Administration Cantonment and Provincial Protected Area Offices. All full-time PIU staff are mobilized.

In Lao PDR, a National Project Management Office (NPMO) has been established under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Provincial Project Management Offices have been established in Champasak, Sekong and Attapeu. As the result of the midterm review in November 2014, a revised design and monitoring framework has been approved by the Government and ADB, with consequent reallocation of budget and revised procurement plan.

In Viet Nam, a Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) has been established under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Provincial Project Management Units have been established in Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue. As the result of the midterm review in August 2014, a revised design and monitoring framework has been approved by the Government and ADB, with consequent reallocation of budget and revised procurement plan. Stronger emphasis is being placed on District Project Implementation Units for livelihoods and forestry related activities, with strengthened capacity. It was agreed at the midterm review mission of the project that infrastructure will be the responsibility of the Provincial Project Management Units, and the landuse planning, forestry and livelihood related activities will be decentralized to the District Project Implementation Units.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

In Cambodia and Lao PDR, the Project requires the services of grant implementation consultants (GIC). GIC teams for Cambodia and Lao PDR have been recruited through firm by the Central Project Coordination Units, and the National Project Management Office, respectively, using Quality and Cost Based Selection using a ratio of 80:20 in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Infrastructure design consultants are being recruited in Lao PDR using consultants qualification selection (CQS) method.

A package for livelihood strategy development and implementation is expected to be procured for Cambodia starting quarter 3 of 2015, using Quality- and Cost- Based Selection (QCBS 80:20) method.

In Viet Nam, the Project requires the services of loan implementation consultants (LIC). The LIC have been recruited by the Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) through firm using Quality and Cost Based Selection using a ratio of 80:20 in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Infrastructure design consultants has been recruited for three project provinces using CQS method.

The PIUs in Cambodia, NPMO in Lao PDR and CPMU in Viet Nam CPCU have recruited and will continue to recruit individual consultants, using Individual Consultants Selection (ICS) method.

Procurement All procurement of goods and works to be financed under the ADB loan and grants will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Civil work packages will comprise a number of small works scattered in remote areas of the project provinces, and are not likely to attract international bidders. For LAO and CAM, packages for works valued at less than $3 million but more than $100,000 or equivalent shall be procured following NCB procedures. For works below $100,000 equivalent, shopping procedures will apply. For VIE, packages for works valued at less than $10 million but more than $100,000 or equivalent shall be procured following NCB procedures. For works below $100,000 or equivalent, shopping procedures will apply. For LAO and CAM, packages for goods costing less than $1.0 million or equivalent but more than $100,000 shall be procured under NCB procedures. For VIE, packages for goods costing less than $2.0 million or equivalent but more than $100,000 shall be procured under NCB procedures. Smaller packages for goods valued at less than $10,000 may be procured using direct contracting procedures. Please refer to the respective Procurement Plans for other applicable methods and thresholds.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Thuy Trang Dang
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Department of Water Resources Management
68 Bui Thi Xuan Str., Hai Ba Trung
District, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Nahai Diew Road, Chanthabury District,
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Ministry of Environment
No. 48, Samdach Preah Sihanouk,
Tonle Bassac, Chamkarmon,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
# 40 Norodom Blvd.
Phnom Penh
Cambodia

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 28 Sep 2010
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2016

Grant 0241-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2010 27 Jan 2011 23 Mar 2011 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 19.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 19.00 10 Dec 2010 8.65 0.00 46%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2010 5.79 0.00 30%

Grant 0242-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2010 14 Feb 2011 11 Apr 2011 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 24.07 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 20.00 10 Dec 2010 11.47 0.00 57%
Counterpart 4.07 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2010 9.76 0.00 49%

Grant 0426-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Mar 2015 27 Apr 2015 03 Aug 2015 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 13 Mar 2015 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Mar 2015 0.00 0.60 8%

Loan 2721-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2010 05 May 2011 09 Aug 2011 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 10 Dec 2010 10.30 0.00 38%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2010 9.29 0.00 34%
Title Document Type Document Date
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Viet Nam): Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Mar 2016
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Additional Financing (Cambodia): Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Jan 2016
Grant Agreement (Externally Financed by Global Environment Facility) for Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Additional Financing (Viet Nam Component) Grant Agreement Sep 2015
Grant Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Additional Financing (Cambodia Component) Grant Agreement Apr 2015
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Cambodia: Additional Financing Grant Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Feb 2015
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Cambodia) Procurement Plans Jun 2014
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Lao People's Democratic Republic) Procurement Plans Jul 2013
Loan Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project between Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Asian Development Bank dated 5 May 2011 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) May 2011
Grant Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project between Lao People's Democratic Republic and Asian Development Bank dated 14 February 2011 Grant Agreement Feb 2011
Grant Agreement for Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project between Kingdom of Cambodia and Asian Development Bank dated 27 January 2011 Grant Agreement Jan 2011
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Nov 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project Gender Action Plans Nov 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Viet Nam Component) Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Lao PDR Component) Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Cambodia Component) Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2010
Cambodia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam: GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridor Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Sep 2009

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Viet Nam, Phase 2: Concrete A Tau Canal in A Min Village Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Jun 2016
GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Viet Nam, Phase 2: Concrete A Tau Canal in A Min Village Ethnic Minority Development Plan Indigenous Peoples Plans/Indigenous Peoples Development Plans Jun 2016
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Additional Financing) - Viet Nam: Ethnic Minorities Development Framework Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Jun 2015
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Additional Financing) - Viet Nam: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Jun 2015
GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Viet Nam, Phase 2: Concrete Road in Bhlo 1 Village Resettlement Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Jun 2015
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Additional Financing) - Cambodia: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework (February 2015) Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Feb 2015
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Additional Financing) - Cambodia: Resettlement Framework (February 2015) Resettlement Frameworks Feb 2015
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Additional Financing) - Cambodia: Indigenous Peoples Development Framework (February 2015) Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Feb 2015
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Additional Financing Resettlement Frameworks May 2014
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Additional Financing Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Apr 2014
CAM: Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project - Additional Cofinancing Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Mar 2014
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Summary of the Indigenous Peoples Development Framework Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Nov 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Summary of the Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Nov 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Resettlement Framework: Cambodia Resettlement Frameworks Oct 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Resettlement Framework: Lao PDR Resettlement Frameworks Oct 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Resettlement Framework: Viet Nam Resettlement Frameworks Oct 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework - Viet Nam Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Sep 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Sep 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework - Lao PDR Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Sep 2010
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework - Cambodia Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Sep 2010

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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