40253-036: LAO: Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project — Additional Financing | Asian Development Bank

Lao People's Democratic Republic: LAO: Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project — Additional Financing

Sovereign (Public) Project | 40253-036 Status: Active
Project Name LAO: Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project — Additional Financing
Project Number 40253-036
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0488-LAO: Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors
Strategic Climate Fund US$ 12.84 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture and Natural Resources / Agriculture, natural resources and rural development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Additional Financing resources will be used to scale up sustainable forest management activities of the Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project, with a view to strengthening REDD+ readiness and implementation capacity in selected districts and amongst targeted project beneficiaries.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy In 2011, the Lao PDR was selected as a pilot country to participate in the Forest Investment Program (FIP), a targeted subprogram within the framework of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) under Climate Investment Funds. The FIP Investment Plan for the Lao PDR was approved in 2012 and lists ADB as one of the implementing agencies. The expected outcomes of the FIP Investment Plan are to improve sustainable forest management practices and support readiness activities to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). Since this is consistent with the objectives, scope, and implementing arrangements of the project, the SCF funds are used to scale up the project. The use of SCF funds meet the eligibility criteria to be considered as additional financing to the project. Specifically, it supports a project that remains technically feasible, economically viable, and financially sound; and is consistent with government priorities and the country partnership strategy.
Impact Climate-resilient sustainable forest ecosystems benefitting local livelihoods
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Biodiversity corridors in the Lao PDR with communities ready to scale up REDD+ activities sustainably managed
Progress Toward Outcome As of September 2018, overall physical progress is estimated at 25% against elapsed time of 54%. Cumulative contract awards and disbursements based on ADB Grant Financial Information System are $3.17 million (25%) and $2.72 million (21%) against net grant amount.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Biodiversity corridor management and REDD+ implementation capacity of institutions and communities strengthened

Biodiversity corridors restored, ecosystem services protected, maintained, and REDD+ ready

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

Project management and support services are operational

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

Output 1: Progress in achieving this output are on track. 17 village regulations were approved by Dak Cheung and Phouvong district governors. Land use maps and village development plan have been prepared in all villages and approved by the provincial governors.

Output 2: 17 village patrolling teams are established in 2 BCC-FIP districts and equipped with uniform sets and patrolling equipment. In Phouvong district, 7 village patrolling teams set up with 70 male members, and in Dak Cheung district, 10 village patrolling teams established with 98 members including 9 women. Training on patrolling tools use provided to project staff and technical provincial and district staff. Signed patrolling contract with all 16 villages (because Ban Vangyang has no forest land) completed and patrolling activities have commenced since July 2018. Consultation meeting on cooperation with borders soldiers started. 9 government and project's staff 3 from NPMO and 6 from 3 PPMOs, attended the training on Operational Logging and Degradation Monitoring System held between July 30 and August 03, 2018, in Vientiane Capital. From 2017-2018, a total of 331 ha planted with native tree species and 1,637 ha of ANR established in districts of Dak Chueng and Phouvong. Survival rates survey carried out on 125 ha of 2017 plantation in 5 villages of DC, SK. The average survival rate is 80%. Dissemination of Forestry Law held in 4 villages of PV, ATP with 208 village level attendees including 208 women (54%)

Output 3: Households were identified during field-based data collection for preparing village development plans. Approximately 1,500 HH indicated interest in participating in the livelihood program under BCC-FIP. Livelihood Service Provider is being recruited for implementation of livelihoods program from Dec 2018.

Output 4: As of June 2018, 256 staff (77 women or 30.1%) have been trained on financial management, procurement and project management. Project Performance and Monitoring System has been established, operational and updated. Reports have been submitted timely.

Geographical Location Attapu, Sekong
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The original safeguard category of B for environment of the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project remains unchanged. The EARF of the ongoing Project has been updated to include scope of work of the Additional Financing. The new activities are not expected to result in significant negative environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement The original safeguard category of B for involuntary resettlement of the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project remains unchanged. The LARF of the ongoing BCC Project has been updated to include the new project areas and activities of the additional financing. The new activities are not expected to result in significant negative involuntary resettlement of people.
Indigenous Peoples The original safeguard category of B for indigenous people of the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project remains unchanged. The Ethnic Groups Development Framework of the ongoing BCC Project has been updated to include the new project areas and activities as well as additional mitigating measures. Villages identified for the new activities comprise mostly of people belonging to Brao, Sadang, Tarieng and Yae ethnic groups. Consultations conducted during the design phase of the Additional Financing confirmed that villagers support the new activities.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During project preparation, village leaders and members from targeted villages in Phouvong and Dak Cheung districts were engaged in developing the proposed Additional Financing (AF) interventions. The AF will be implemented in Phouvong district of Attapeu Province and Dak Cheung district of Sekong province which are among the country's poorest districts. Project preparation also involved engagement with central, provincial and district level agencies of the Government of Lao PDR, including Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Planning and Investment, and Ministry of Finance at the central level as well as Provincial Departments of Natural Resources and Environment and District Offices of Natural Resources and Environment in the targeted provinces and districts. The project preparatory consultants and ADB consulted with non-government organizations engaged in conservation and development programs and with special interest groups such as the Lao Women's Union and the Lao National Front which has responsibility for ethnic minority affairs. The project preparation consultants also met on several occasions with private entities involved in commercial agriculture, forestry and hydropower to determine their interest in engaging with the project.
During Project Implementation During project implementation, the NPMO and PPMOs will implement a stakeholder Consultation and Participation Plan as specified in the Ethnic Group Development Framework. The Consultation and Participation Plan presents the definitive points for stakeholder participation under the project, specific to subproject preparation and implementation.
Responsible ADB Officer Phanouvong, Sisavanh
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Lao Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and and Forestry - Department of Planning and Finance
Lane Xang Avenue, Patuxay Square
PO Box No. 811
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Nahai Diew Road, Chanthabury District,
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Concept Clearance 21 Oct 2014
Fact Finding 01 Apr 2014 to 11 Apr 2014
MRM 22 Jan 2016
Approval 09 Aug 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2018

Grant 0488-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Aug 2016 18 Oct 2016 06 Jan 2017 30 Jun 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 12.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 09 Aug 2016 0.00 5.46 43%
Counterpart 0.06 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 12.84 09 Aug 2016 0.00 4.26 33%

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Mar 2018 08 Mar 2018
National Accounting Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jan 2018 02 Feb 2018
Auditor Services Firm - Consulting Closed 05 Jan 2018 14 Jan 2018
Provincial Project Manager Attapeu Province Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jan 2018 18 Jan 2018
Service Provider for Provincial, District and Village Training Firm - Consulting Closed 07 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017
Livelihoods - Agroforestry Service Provider Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Nov 2017 08 Dec 2017
Carbon Assessment in the context of Emission Reductions Firm - Consulting Closed 12 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017
Accounting System Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Sep 2017 29 Sep 2017
National Forest Patrolling Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Sep 2017 29 Sep 2017
National Communication Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Sep 2017 29 Sep 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CSF-CBMS: CARBON MEASUREMENT CONSULTANTS Grant 0488 13 Nov 2018 INDUFOR OY ESTERINPORTTI 2 HELSINKI FIN-00240 HELSINKI FINLAND Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Consulting Services 1,410,953.00