Regional : Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific
The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will build the business case and capacity of ADB developing member countries (DMCs) to invest in natural capital. The TA will support (i) analytical studies, including biophysical and economic assessments to identify and justify natural capital investments; (ii) preparation of investment components of projects; (iii) strengthening of legal frameworks and enforcement mechanism for natural capital, including measures to address the illegal wildlife trade (IWT); and (iv) strengthening of knowledge and capacity for natural capital investments.
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|Project Name||Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific|
|Country / Economy||Regional
Lao People's Democratic Republic
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Forestry - Land-based natural resources management
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban water supply
|Gender||Some gender elements|
|Description||The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will build the business case and capacity of ADB developing member countries (DMCs) to invest in natural capital. The TA will support (i) analytical studies, including biophysical and economic assessments to identify and justify natural capital investments; (ii) preparation of investment components of projects; (iii) strengthening of legal frameworks and enforcement mechanism for natural capital, including measures to address the illegal wildlife trade (IWT); and (iv) strengthening of knowledge and capacity for natural capital investments.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The TA is aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030 and its Operational Priority 3: Tackling Climate Change, Building Climate Resilience, and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability which is central to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other multilateral environmental agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity. The TA is being implemented by ADB through the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Environment Thematic Group that aims to improve natural capital assets of ADB developing member countries (DMCs) towards environmentally sustainable growth.|
Natural capital assets of DMCs improved.
|Description of Outcome||
Commitment of DMCs to invest in natural capital increased.
|Progress Toward Outcome||The TA has identified focal countries, sectors, and projects for biophysical/economic assessment and support for the preparation of natural capital investment proposals which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Samoa, Thailand and Viet Nam.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Business-case for natural capital investments established
Investments in natural capital prepared
Capacity to address illegal wildlife crime enhanced
Knowledge and capacity for natural capital investment strengthened.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Under Output 1, ongoing activities include biophysical and economic assessments to inform the preparation of investment projects and strengthen DMC knowledge and capacity to design and implement these investments. The TA currently supports (i) promoting nature-based solutions in project design (e.g., reforestation, watershed management, room for the river) in selected river basins in Indonesia and the Philippines; (ii) supporting the integration of biodiversity, ecosystems and forest habitats in landscape planning for infrastructure in Bhutan and Nepal; (iii) assessing basin-scale ecosystem conditions and water quality in Ravi River by developing land-use map for water quality assessment to inform and contribute to the River Ravi Revitalization Master Plan in Pakistan; (iv) integration of biodiversity conservation into urban design in New Clark City, Philippines; (v) development of watershed management plan in the catchment area of the Siri Toi Reservoir, Pakistan; (vi) community-based land-use and conservation planning in Xe Champhone Wetlands, Lao People's Democratic Republic; (vii) terrestrial ecology assessment (Alaoa Multipurpose Dam), Samoa; and (viii) assessing ecological risks of potential renewable energy investment projects using Bird e-Sensitivity Mapping for India, Nepal, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Bird e-Sensitivity mapper will be an open source portal for use by developers and regulators to ensure risks of potential renewable energy investments for birds are identified, sensitive locations are avoided and ecologically sensitive design is considered at the outset. Through knowledge and capacity building activities (linked to output iv) the mapper will facilitate quicker approval of projects supporting DMCs in their push to expand increases in renewable energy.
Output 2 is closely linked to biophysical and economic assessments of output 1. Ongoing activities for output 2 include providing recommendations in preparing investments with regards to natural capital protection, enhancement and management. This also considers innovative approaches such as ecosystem-based adaptation and other nature-based solutions (NbS) to address climate change and disaster risk management. Out of all the activities conducted in output 1, only numbers ii (Bhutan), iv, vii and viii above are purely assessments and do not lead to preparation of natural capital investments. Additional investment preparations under output 2 activities also include supporting ecological protection in the Xin'an River, People's Republic of China; and national level support to promote NbS in road construction through policy reform in Bangladesh.
Output 3: Ongoing activities under output 3 include the drafting and expert review of legal reforms in the Philippines, particularly amendment to Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, the implementation of demand reduction measures for at least two priority species, and the capacity building program developed with training for up to 338 government officials in the Philippines (44% women). The project has consolidated the outputs of three public regional consultations which were considered in drafting a second version of a House Bill to amend Republic Act 9147 (Wildlife Act of the Philippines).
Output 4: For output 4, cross-cutting knowledge work to capture and disseminate findings and lessons from projects includes the Guidelines for Mainstreaming NbS in ADB Water Sector Investments, Economic Analysis of Nbs in Flood Risk Management, Biodiversity Assessment Study for New Clark City, Assessing Design Standard Guidelines and Sustainability Management for New Clark City, Brochure/Knowledge Products on Addressing the Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Philippines and Bird e-Sensitivity Mapping associated guidance notes. A working paper on integrating NbS for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in ADB projects is also being developed. Moreover, the TA has supported five regional and seven in-country knowledge and capacity workshops on natural capital including NbS.
The Training for engineers and infrastructure planners (South Asia) was completed under Biodiversity-sensitive infrastructure design component.
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Samoa - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||A national and regional workshop with partner countries is programmed in Q4 2019.|
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Endo, Isao|
|Responsible ADB Department||Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Climate Change, Resilience, and Environment Cluster (CCRE)|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||20 Sep 2017|
|Fact Finding||04 Dec 2018 to 04 Dec 2018|
|Approval||13 Dec 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||02 Feb 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Dec 2017||-||13 Dec 2017||31 Dec 2020||30 Nov 2022||31 May 2023|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,655,000.00||2,334,862.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||4,989,862.00||07 Jun 2023||4,576,927.25|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Avian Sensitivity Tool for Energy Planning (AVISTEP)||Brochures and Flyers||Nov 2022|
|Integrating Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management: A Practitioner’s Guide||Guides||Jun 2022|
|Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Risk Management: Revitalizing Philippine Rivers to Boost Climate Resilience and Enhance Environmental Stability||Brochures and Flyers||Feb 2022|
|Guidelines for Mainstreaming Natural River Management in Water Sector Investments||Guides||Sep 2021|
|Pakistan’s River Ravi Eco-Revitalization Master Plan: A Road Map to Rescue and Revitalize the River Ravi and Its Tributaries||Brochures and Flyers||Dec 2020|
|Addressing the Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Philippines||Brochures and Flyers||Mar 2019|
|Paglaban sa Ilegal na Pangalalakal ng Hayop at Halaman sa Pilipinas||Brochures and Flyers||Mar 2019|
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and BirdLife International developed a new E-Sensitivity mapping tool called AVISTEP: The Avian Sensitivity Tool for Energy Planning, an open-access tool that will help developers and regulators identify sites suitable for wind and solar energy, and that are unlikely to negatively impact birds as well as areas that are highly sensitive and should be avoided. AVISTEP is now publicly available for use in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
AVISTEP is an output from ADB’s TA 9461-REG: Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific which has an objective to assess ecological risks of potential renewable energy investment projects using Bird e-Sensitivity Mapping. Through knowledge and capacity building activities the mapper will facilitate quicker approval of projects supporting DMCs in their push to expand increases in renewable energy.
TheDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is capitalizing on information technology to educate the public on the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife species amid the continuing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
This report assesses past and present counter-IWT projects in Southeast Asia to present recommendations for the potential replication of these interventions in the Philippines. It begins by informing about the ASEAN IWT Context, continues with an overview over the Philippine IWT context, analyses legal trade flows between the country and other ASEAN Member States, and assesses numerous activities in the region that may also be relevant to the Philippines, which are then presented, in adjusted form, as recommendations allocated to the six strategies of the Philippine Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan (WildLEAP).
The data produced under this stocktaking exercise was considered extremely useful, which is why a tool was developed to present it in a more navigable manner. With the objectives in mind to facilitate donor coordination, guide funding decisions, and assist in project design based on the best available data – the IWT Project Map and Database was developed. It was incorporated into a newly created website, which also gives a general overview over IWT, lists best practices from selected countries, and links to the most commonly used resources in the field. The website may be accessed via the following link: https://illegalwildlifetradeprojects.org/
- Managing the Perfect Storm: How Healthy Ecosystems Increase Resilience (Development Asia)
- Declining Natural Capital: High Stakes for Asia and the Pacific (Development Asia)
- Addressing the Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Philippines (Brochure)
- The war against wildlife is a war against ourselves (ADB Blog)
- Investing in marine protected areas is investing in our own survival (ADB Blog)
- Closing Policy and Information Gaps in Wildlife Protection(Development Asia)
- How Nature-Based Solutions Can Help Reduce Flood Risks (Development Asia)
- Wildlife Trade Bans: Boon or Bane? (Development Asia)
- Avoiding Renewable Energy’s Unintended Impacts on Birds (Development Asia)
- Nature and Climate Nexus Webinar Series: Promoting Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Infrastructures in Asia and the Pacific (Development Asia)
- Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Climate Disaster Risk Management (Development Asia)
- Bioengineering Nature-based Solutions for Linear Infrastructure Slope Stabilization and Protection (Development Asia)
- The Modern Road Ecologist’s Toolbox
- Building Capacity for Conserving and Managing Natural Capital during the Planning and Implementation of Transportation Projects in South Asia (ADB Knowledge Events)
- Greening Transportation Projects (Webinar Series)
- Training on Planning and Design of Smart Linear Infrastructure for Biodiversity Protection
- Deep Dive 2.3 Nature-based Solutions in Natural River Management: A Science-Based Landscape Approach to Managing Rivers and Coasts
- Spotlight Session: eSensitivity Mapping – An Essential Tool to Speed Up the Renewable Energy Transition
In partnership with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and Global Wildlife Program, ADB supported development of the first e-learning course on Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement for Department of Natural Resources and Environment staff and other agencies: the police, armed forces, navy and coast guard. Comprising 7 modules and 18 topics, the comprehensive course provides the equivalent of 45 classroom hours and is deemed eligible for professional development credits under the ENR Academy.
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9461||03 Dec 2020||University of Helsinki(FINLAND) | Yliopistonkatu 3 University of Helsink 00014 Finland||Asian Development Bank||161,250.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9461||20 May 2019||DELTARES, NET (NETHERLANDS) in association with Resources Environment & Economics Center for Studi (PHILIPPINES) | ROTTERDAMSEWEG 185 2629 HD DELFT/Boussin DELFT 2629 HV NETHERLANDS [email protected]||Asian Development Bank||259,823.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9461||26 Jul 2019||NIRAS Asia Manila Inc. (PHILIPPINES) in association with PATH FOUNDATION PHILIPPINES, INC (PHILIPPINES) | 20th Floor, Wynsum Corporate Plaza, Emer Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Phils.||Asian Development Bank||427,553.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9461||01 Aug 2019||Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. (PHILIPPINES) | Unit 1213, Corporate 145, Mother Ignacia Quezon City, Phils.||Asian Development Bank||258,051.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9461||22 Oct 2019||ESSA TECHNOLOGIES LTD.(CANADA) in association with Jade Consult P. Ltd(NEPAL) | 600 - 2695 Granville Street, Vancouver, Columbia V6H 3H4 CANADA||Asian Development Bank||419,259.00||—|
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