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
Partnerships
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
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)

--Progress in achieving output 1 indicators was on track. 3 biodiversity conservation corridor regulations were approved by provincial governors and 35 village regulations (18 for original project and 17 for additional financing) were approved by district governors. 48 regulations for remaining original project villages are under process which will be approved by 30 June 2018. Participatory land use maps were completed for all original project villages. 107 plots covering 352,940 hectares (ha) conservation and protection forests were mapped and issued forest land use certificates. 418 km of corridor boundaries were demarcated.

--Village patrolling teams were formed, equipped and operational in all original project villages and being prepared in additional financing villages with conservation agreement signed in all villages. A total of 352,939 ha of conservation and protection forest areas have been patrolled. Total forest planted area reached 1,677 ha, and area under assisted natural regeneration reached 1,757 ha.

--53 village infrastructures schemes out of the total 65 schemes have been constructed and 12 are nearly completed. A total 68 village development funds (VDFs) were established and are operational in 67 original project villages with 1,131 members, of whom 647 are women (57.2%). VDF supervision function has been handed over to district Lao Women's Union for continued monitoring beyond project life. Livelihood activities have been implemented in 64 original villages involving 962 households. Livelihood program for additional financing villages will be implemented in second half of 2018 by a service provider (being recruited).

--Following the government decision in transferring forestry from MONRE to MAF. As a result, DFRM has been merged with DOF, MAF. The transferring of responsibility and staff have been completed at all levels. The Project is now under Department of Forestry (DOF).

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
Timetable
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 27 Mar 2018

Grant 0488-LAO

Milestones
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 3.05 24%
Counterpart 0.06 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 12.84 09 Aug 2016 0.00 3.32 26%

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Tenders

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
Livelihoods - Agroforestry Service Provider Firm - Consulting Closed 13 Dec 2017 27 Dec 2017
Service Provider for Provincial, District and Village Training Firm - Consulting Closed 07 Dec 2017 20 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

No contracts awarded for this project were found