48062-002: Strategic Planning for Peatlands | Asian Development Bank

Mongolia: Strategic Planning for Peatlands

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48062-002 Status: Closed

The TA supports the Interim Country Partnership Strategy (ICPS) for Mongolia, 2014 2016 as part of the core sector on agriculture, natural resources, and rural development. The ICPS indicates that, in order to prevent natural resource degradation and environmental pollution, ADB will support sustainable management of natural resources (i.e. water, land, forests, and peatlands), water security and information management, and protected area management. The TA directly responds to the priorities identified in the National Action Program on Climate Change (NAPCC, ratified by parliament in 2010) in Mongolia. The TA responds to NAPCC Strategic Objective 1, on supporting the establishment of the institutional framework on climate change; Strategic Objective 2, on strengthening national adaptation capacity; Strategic Objective 4, on capacity building related to climate change monitoring; and Strategic Objective 5, on community participation and livelihood support in relation to climate change.

Project Details

Project Officer
Lopez, Alvin East Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Mongolia
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Strategic Planning for Peatlands
Project Number 48062-002
Country Mongolia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8802-MON: Strategic Planning for Peatlands
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Forestry - Land-based natural resources management - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The TA supports the Interim Country Partnership Strategy (ICPS) for Mongolia, 2014 2016 as part of the core sector on agriculture, natural resources, and rural development. The ICPS indicates that, in order to prevent natural resource degradation and environmental pollution, ADB will support sustainable management of natural resources (i.e. water, land, forests, and peatlands), water security and information management, and protected area management. The TA directly responds to the priorities identified in the National Action Program on Climate Change (NAPCC, ratified by parliament in 2010) in Mongolia. The TA responds to NAPCC Strategic Objective 1, on supporting the establishment of the institutional framework on climate change; Strategic Objective 2, on strengthening national adaptation capacity; Strategic Objective 4, on capacity building related to climate change monitoring; and Strategic Objective 5, on community participation and livelihood support in relation to climate change. Specific measures outlined in the NAPCC that this TA will support includes the need to (i) develop action programs for climate change adaptation in vulnerable sectors (e.g. livestock, agriculture, and water resources); (ii) enhance management systems forest conservation and key ecological restoration programs in response to climate change; and (iii) reduce land degradation and desertification, and increase the carbon sequestration potential of pasture and soils. The proposed TA also supports Mongolia's commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The TA has been included in ADB's Country Operations Business Plan for Mongolia, 2014-2016.

The expected impact of the TA will be sustainable management of peatlands in Mongolia. It is expected that by 2020, MEGD will achieve its targets for sustainable management of peatlands and associated water resources as set out in the approved strategic plan, in accordance with the prescribed timelines.

The outcome will be an increased capacity of MEGD, and a clear guiding framework will be in place to address the peatland restoration and management issues. The TA will contribute to improved environmental management and sustainable development in Mongolia by supporting GOM's efforts in developing a strategic plan for peatland restoration and management. Through capacity building and development of priorities for peatland management and restoration, the proposed TA will address climate change, ecosystem, and water management issues, and develop opportunities for improved livelihoods for communities dependent or associated with peatlands.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In Mongolia, peatlands constitute the last wet habitats in a major part of the country. The peatlands maintain wet habitats and pastures, feed rivers, prevent soil erosion, maintain levels of groundwater necessary for forest and crop growth and keep wells full of water. During dry periods, which may continue for years, the moisture preserved in peatlands is a source of life and a barrier to desertification (Minayeva et al., 2005).

Preliminary research findings indicate that almost 27,000 square kilometers (or almost 2% of Mongolia) is covered by peat. They are mainly used for grazing and sometimes as arable land, and belong to the most productive pasture areas in the country. Private cattle husbandry and the consequent overgrazing in recent years are threatening peatlands. For example, overgrazing and human-induced fires, combined with recent climate change, have led to the loss of thousands of hectares of peatlands in the Orkhon and Ider valleys and the Darkhat Intermontane basin. The hydrological and climate mitigation functions of these critical peatlands in Mongolia are now being compromised for two reasons: (i) the expansion of pastures in peatland areas which has been a consequence of long term drought; and (ii) the development of extractive industries (gold, wolfram, and molybdenum).

The knowledge on distribution, natural functions, threats and status of peatlands in Mongolia is insufficient and poor. This is why peatlands are not sufficiently addressed in national development plans. The consequence of peatland degradation in Mongolia is not only loss of biodiversity and carbon stores, but especially also the loss of important and sometimes the last source of water in the middle range mountains. These peatlands protect permafrost lenses which fulfill the role of glacial water reserves in high mountains. Highland peatlands themselves accumulate a lot of precipitation serving further as water storage basins. This hydrological role of peatlands has not been recognized and addressed in land use planning to date in Mongolia. The GOM now recognizes the urgent need to address this issue and capacity building for peatland management in a systematic way, and thus requested this TA.

The second national communications of Mongolia (2010) notes that in 2006, Mongolia's total net (sources, sinks) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were reported as only 15.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. It clearly identified that the faster growth in emissions in the future will be from the energy sector, 12% per annum between 2006-2030, as opposed to only 0.2% for the agriculture sector for the same period. In 2008, estimated emissions up to 45 million tons per annum put Mongolia as the seventh largest global emitter of carbon dioxide from degrading peatlands. From these figures, it is clear that the enormous amount of emissions from the degrading peatlands in Mongolia has not yet been captured. There is also insufficient policy to prevent further deterioration and facilitate restoration. It is urgent that an up to date overview is made of the distribution and status of the peatlands in Mongolia in order to estimate GHG emissions better and formulate priority actions.

From the global perspective, better insight in emissions from peatlands is also necessary because the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has started the discussion on the position of land use in the future post 2020 GHG accounting within the new global climate treaty. For that purpose, better data on the distribution and status of peatlands is necessary. Countries are also being urged to consider the inclusion of peatlands in their nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA).

In 2003, Mongolia participated in the Dutch financed Global Peatland Initiative (GPI). In 2007, an additional expedition to cover eastern part of Mongolia (Onon river basin) took place and included field surveys and paleoecological studies. Preliminary work on the distribution of peatlands in Mongolia was conducted during these past scientific surveys. Apart from these surveys, almost no other work has been done on peatlands in Mongolia. This TA builds on both these past work in Mongolia and current global and national initiatives in peatland management, restoration and sustainable use.

Impact Improved management of peatlands in Mongolia.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased capacity of key stakeholders and an improved planning and implementation framework for peatland restoration and management in Mongolia.
Progress Toward Outcome During TA implementation, it was agreed that the main outcome indicator remained the same (i.e. that the key priorities of the peatland action plan are submitted by MET for government level adoption as a subprogram under the National Action Program for Climate Change). Given the inter-sectoral dimension of peatland issues, at the TA final workshop, it was agreed that the National Climate Change Coordination Office in MET will facilitate the cross-sectoral coordination process and ensure that the key recommendations of the Strategic Action Plan for Peatlands will be promoted for inclusion into the relevant sectoral polices and plans.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

A review and assessment of the distribution and current status of peatlands in Mongolia.

Enhanced awareness and capacity of key stakeholders at the national and local level in relation to sustainable management of peatlands.

A draft action plan with priorities for sustainable peatland management in Mongolia prepared.

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

The final review mission was conducted on 25-26 May 2017. During the final review mission it was confirmed that all TA outputs have been completed and the executing agency rated the consultants' performance as excellent.

A comprehensive report containing a review and assessment of distribution and status of peatlands in Mongolia (Output 1) was prepared based on scientific field studies, stakeholder input from the numerous priority sites across Mongolia, and multi-sectoral input from the national level. Capacity building and awareness raising (Output 2) on the role, function and threats to peatlands was a key aspect of the TA. The TA achieved this through numerous capacity building and training program at all levels, including involvement of representatives from UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. A policy brief was also prepared containing background information on how the peatlands strategic action plan fits with the broader Mongolian policy environment; vulnerabilities and threats to peatlands in Mongolia; and concludes by identifying approaches for the sustainable management of peatlands, in relation to other land use activities. The draft action plan for peatlands (Output 3) has been prepared in close cooperation and consultation with target priority peatland sites and relevant sectoral agencies. Actions and recommendations are presented both from a _Priority actions for the relevant sector_, as well as _Important Peatland Area and issues_ perspective.

The key results and recommendation of the pilot demonstration activity (PDA) that is being implemented to complement the TA will be integrated into the TA final report and into the strategic action plan developed under Output 2 upon completion of the PDA in September 2017.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design There are currently no organizations/agencies working on peatlands in Mongolia. During the reconnaissance, the mission consulted with the Climate Change Coordination Office (CCCO) of the MEGD, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Embassy of Japan in Mongolia, the United Nations Development Program, and the Institute of Botany of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. Additional consultations via email and phone were made with various International NGOs and academics who have worked in the past on peatlands in Mongolia. It was agreed that a multi-sectoral TA steering committee be established during project implementation to ensure coordination and input from all stakeholders are captured. The TA steering committee will consist of members from relevant sectors, research institutes and civil society organizations. It was agreed that the following organizations will be members of the steering committee (i) MEGD (including the focal points of the convention on biological diversity, Ramsar and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), (ii) Department of Forestry, Ministry of Industry and Agriculture, (iii) National Emergency Management Agency, (iv) Institute of Botany, (v) School of Energy Engineering at University of Sciences and Technology, (vi) Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, and (vii) the Mongolian Environment Civil Council.
During Project Implementation Multiple local level consultation workshops were organized to ensure stakeholders participation. Multi-sectoral stakeholders and representatives from the relevant aimags and soums participated in the various TA workshops and provided feedback and input to the draft and final TA outputs.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting firm will be engaged by ADB following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) using the quality- and cost-based selection method, with a quality cost weighing ratio of 80:20. The simplified technical proposal method will be used. Operational expenses for translation and printing will be included in the consultant's contract whilst the MEGD will be responsible for organizing the three main workshops (inception, interim and final).
Procurement Equipment will be procured following ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time), and will be handed over to MEGD upon completion of the proposed TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Lopez, Alvin
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Government Building II, United Nation's
Street 5/2, Chingeltei District,
Ulaanbaatar 15160, Mongolia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Aug 2014
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2017

TA 8802-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2014 28 Jan 2015 28 Jan 2015 30 Jun 2016 31 Oct 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 12 Dec 2014 391,177.34

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8802 18 Aug 2015 Wetlands International (Netherlands) in association with Institute of Botany, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Mongolia) Horapark 9, Ede 6717 LZ, Netherlands Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism 296,000.00

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