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

Sovereign Project | 40253-023

Summary

The Project will enhance transboundary cooperation for preventing and mitigating fragmentation of biodiversity rich forest landscapes of the Cardamom Mountains and Eastern Plains Dry Forest in Cambodia, Triborder Forest areas located in southern Lao PDR, and the Central Annamites in Viet Nam.

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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 Approved
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 The Project will enhance transboundary cooperation for preventing and mitigating fragmentation of biodiversity rich forest landscapes of the Cardamom Mountains and Eastern Plains Dry Forest in Cambodia, Triborder Forest areas located in southern Lao PDR, and the Central Annamites in Viet Nam.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The biodiversity landscapes in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam are vulnerable to increased development pressures and environmental degradation and need to be conserved to safeguard local livelihoods and investments in energy and hydropower, transport, water, and food security enhancing sectors.
Impact The Project's impact is sustainable, climate resilient forest ecosystems benefiting local livelihoods.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The Project's outcome will be sustainably-managed biodiversity corridors in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.
Progress Toward Outcome n.a.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Institutions and communities strengthened in biodiversity corridor management

Biodiversity corridors restored, ecosystem services protected, and maintaned

Livelihoods improved and small-scale infrastructure support provided in target communes

Project management and support services operationalized

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. In Cambodia, a desk-based study is being carried out to identify the need for a biodiversity assessment and the methodology to support the strategic spatial plan for the biodiversity corridors.

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 43 villages have been completed.

In Viet Nam, on 10 July 2014, the Prime Minister agreed on a proposal on piloting, planning, and management of biodiversity corridors. This important document allows MONRE to chair and issue regulations and guidelines on the piloting of biodiversity corridors in the project provinces. Participatory village land-use planning has been conducted for 35 communes and results are under review by the District People's Committees.

2. In Cambodia, a pilot nursery is being established, community based patrolling groups are being organized. Over 300ha of forest planting and enhancement have been completed.

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.

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 with about 2,000 ha in Quang Nam province, Huong Phung with 500 ha in Quang Tri province, and Hong Trung with 93 ha in Thua Thien Hue province. Land allocation activities have not yet initiated, as they are dependent on the results of participatory land-use planning. It is expected that once the landuse plans are reviewed and endorsed, the project may start with the process of forestland allocation, expected for about the first quarter for 2015.

3. Infrastructure design consultants are being recruited in Lao PDR. Village Development Funds have been established for all 68 project villages in Lao PDR.

Rules and regulations for commune development funds have been completed and approved in Viet Nam. Consultants for infrastructure design and supervision are being recruited and infrastructure subprojects have been identified for three provinces in Viet Nam. It was agreed at the midterm review mission of the project in Viet Nam 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.

4. In Cambodia, Central Project Coordination Units (CPCUs) have been established in the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Provincial Project Management Units have been established in Koh Kong and Mondulkiri provinces, comprising of staff from the Governors' offices, as well as from Forestry Administration Cantonment, and Provincial Protected Areas. As the result of the midterm review in December 2014, a revised design and monitoring framework is being considered by the Government and ADB, with consequent reallocation of budget and revised procurement plan. The project implementation arrangements will also be changed to include fewer full-time Project staff rather than a high number of part-time Project staff. Project Implementation Units with central and provincial offices will replace the Central Project Coordination Unit, and Forestry Administration Cantonment and Provincial Protected Area Offices. The provincial governors' offices will be responsible only for the implementation of infrastructure subprojects, while the Project Implementation Units will be responsible for all other activities.

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.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
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.

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 are being recruited in Viet Nam for three project provinces using CQS method.

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

Procurement All procurement of goods and works to be financed under the ADB loan 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. Packages for works valued at less than $1 million but more than $100,000 or equivalent shall be procured following NCB procedures. For works below $100,000 equivalent, shopping procedures will apply. Packages for goods costing less than $500,000 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.
Responsible ADB Officer Dang Thuy Trang
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Natural Resources and EnvironmentDepartment of Water Resources Management
68 Bui Thi Xuan Str., Hai Ba Trung
District, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Ministry of EnvironmentNo. 48, Samdach Preah Sihanouk,
Tonle Bassac,Chamkarmon
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries# 40 Norodom Blvd.
Phnom Penh
Cambodia
Ministry of Natural Resources and EnvironmentNahai Diew Road, Chanthabury District,
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Sep 2010
Fact Finding 20 Sep 2010 to 30 Sep 2010
MRM 20 Oct 2010
Approval 10 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 28 Sep 2010
Last PDS Update 23 Mar 2015

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 6.40 0.00 34%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2010 4.54 0.00 24%

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 8.71 0.00 44%
Counterpart 4.07 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2010 7.90 0.00 39%

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 5.36 0.00 20%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 10 Dec 2010 5.01 0.00 18%
Title Document Type Document Date
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project: 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 (Viet Nam) Procurement Plans Oct 2013
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

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Title Document Type Document Date
Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (Additional Financing) - Viet Nam: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Jun 2015
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) - 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) - 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: 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

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