Regional: Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 50159-001

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 Details

  • Project Officer
    Endo, Isao
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 50159-001
Country / Economy Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Indonesia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Nepal
Pakistan
Philippines
China, People's Republic of
Samoa
Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9461-REG: Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific
Climate Change Fund US$ 955,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 900,000.00
Global Environment Facility US$ 1.83 million
TA 9461-REG: Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific
Climate Change Fund US$ 800,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
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 Equity and Mainstreaming 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.
Impact

Natural capital assets of DMCs improved.

Project Outcome
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.
Implementation Progress
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
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
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 Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDTC-ENV
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Sep 2017
Fact Finding 04 Dec 2018 to 04 Dec 2018
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Feb 2021

TA 9461-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2017 - 13 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2020 30 Nov 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,655,000.00 2,334,862.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,989,862.00 15 Dec 2022 4,509,654.98

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Title Document Type Document Date
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Wildlife Institute of India (WII) - Asian Development Bank (ADB) Knowledge Partnership Project Report Consultants' Reports Nov 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Draft Standard Specifications for Bio-Engineering Works Consultants' Reports Oct 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Bio-Engineering Training Manual for Managers Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Sep 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Bio-Engineering Training Manual for Engineers Consultants' Reports Sep 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Species Conservation, Wetland Management, Community-based Conservation Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Sep 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Public Awareness and Demand Reduction (Component 3) Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Mar 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Piloting Green Finance Mechanisms and Nature-based Solutions - The Case of Xin’an River Catchment Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Jan 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Green Urban Design and Planning for New Clark City Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Jan 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Wildlife Trade in Digital Media Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Jan 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Final Terminal Evaluation Report, Philippines Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Jan 2022
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Combating Environmental Organized Crime in the Philippines Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Dec 2021
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Integrated Watershed Management Plan - Siri Toi Watershed Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Dec 2021
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Implications of A Wildlife Trade Ban Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Sep 2021
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Sustainable Livelihood Assessment - Caraga Region, Philippines Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Jul 2021
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Illegal Wildlife Trade at the Philippine-Southeast Asian Nexus Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Jun 2021
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Public Awareness and Demand Reduction Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Apr 2021
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Combating Environmental Organized Crime in the Philippines - Interim Report of Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. Consultants' Reports Jan 2021
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: A Practitioner’s Guide to Nature-Based Solutions Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Oct 2020
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Nature-based Solutions in Philippine River Basins Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Oct 2020
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Assessment of Wildlife Rescue Centers in the Philippines Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Oct 2020
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Guidelines for Mainstreaming Natural River Management in ADB Water Sector Investments Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Dec 2019
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Assessment of Ecological Effects - Birds and Bats Consultant’s Report Consultants' Reports Oct 2019
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Assessing Design Standard Guidelines and Sustainability Management for New Clark City Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Oct 2019
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Economic Analysis of Nature-Based Solutions in Flood Risk Management Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Oct 2019
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Biodiversity Assessment Study for New Clark City Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Jul 2019
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Wildlife Traffic Research, Philippines Consultant's Report Consultants' Reports Jul 2019
Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2017

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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The Avian Sensitivity Tool for Energy Planning (AVISTEP)

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.

    DENR-BMB launches online platforms for wildlife law training, education

    The Department 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.

    Illegal Wildlife Trade at the Philippine-Southeast Asian Nexus: An Assessment of Projects combating Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia informing the Philippines and guiding Donor Coordination

    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/

    Blogs

    Events

    ADB eLEARN

    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.

    Tenders

    Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
    Lead Nature-based Solutions Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Apr 2022 12 Apr 2022
    Knowledge and Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Mar 2022 05 Apr 2022
    Nature-based Solutions Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Feb 2022 17 Feb 2022
    Technical Expert (Natural Capital) Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jan 2022 02 Feb 2022
    ADB-IWT Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Dec 2021 22 Dec 2021
    Senior Technical Expert (Natural Capital) Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Oct 2021 11 Oct 2021
    Nature-based Solutions National Bioengineering Training Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Sep 2021 10 Sep 2021
    Nature-based Solutions National Bioengineering Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Sep 2021 10 Sep 2021
    International Bioengineering Quality Control Expert (Nature-based Solutions) Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Sep 2021 11 Sep 2021
    International Bioengineering Training Expert (Nature-based Solutions) Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Sep 2021 11 Sep 2021
    International Bioengineering Policy Expert (Nature-based Solutions) Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Sep 2021 11 Sep 2021
    TA Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Aug 2021 19 Aug 2021
    Evaluation Specialist (Wildlife Resource Management) Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021
    Finance Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 26 May 2021 01 Jun 2021
    Eco-compensation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 26 May 2021 01 Jun 2021
    Knowledge Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 06 May 2021 12 May 2021
    National Consultant for Wildlife Trade in Digital Media Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Mar 2021 19 Mar 2021
    Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Feb 2021 19 Feb 2021
    Nature-based Solutions Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jan 2021 26 Jan 2021
    Agriculture and Environmental Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jan 2021 26 Jan 2021
    Senior Mobile and Web Developer Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Nov 2020 10 Dec 2020
    Plant Taxonomist Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Nov 2020 10 Dec 2020
    Watershed Management Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020
    GIS and Remote Sensing Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020
    Technical Expert (Natural Capital) Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jul 2020 14 Jul 2020
    Green Urban Design and Planning for New Clark City Firm - Consulting Closed 31 May 2020 14 Jun 2020
    Sustainable Livelihood Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 May 2020 03 Jun 2020
    Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific - Communications Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Apr 2020 23 Apr 2020
    Wildlife Veterinarian/Animal Care Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Nov 2019 05 Dec 2019
    Wildlife Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Nov 2019 28 Nov 2019
    ADB IWT Coordinator – Illegal Wildlife Trade Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Nov 2019 08 Nov 2019
    TA Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Aug 2019 06 Sep 2019
    Technical Expert (Natural Capital) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Aug 2019 04 Oct 2019
    Biodiversity Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Jul 2019 06 Aug 2019
    Senior Technical Expert (Natural Capital) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 May 2019 29 May 2019
    Practitioner’s Guide to Nature-based Solutions - Nature-Based Solutions Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Apr 2019 10 May 2019
    Capacity Development to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade Firm - Consulting Closed 05 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019
    TA Operations and Events Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Apr 2019 10 Apr 2019
    Project Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Mar 2019 04 Apr 2019
    Wildlife Trafficking Research Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Mar 2019 21 Mar 2019
    Computer Programmer Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Mar 2019 21 Mar 2019
    Public Awareness and Demand Reduction Firm - Consulting Closed 06 Mar 2019 11 Apr 2019
    Nature-based approaches for climate change and disaster-risk management Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Jan 2019 08 Feb 2019
    Smart Infrastructure Planning and Design (Nepal) Firm - Consulting Closed 10 Jan 2019 15 Feb 2019
    Policy Specialist (Wildlife Law Enforcement) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Dec 2018 10 Jan 2019
    TA Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Oct 2018 05 Nov 2018
    TA Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Aug 2018 23 Aug 2018
    Graphics Designer Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Aug 2018 21 Aug 2018
    Policy, Law and Capacity Development to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade Firm - Consulting Closed 20 Jun 2018 13 Jul 2018
    Support introduction of natural based solutions for flood risks management in Indonesia and the Philippines Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Apr 2018 02 May 2018
    TA Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Apr 2018 26 Apr 2018
    Knowledge and Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Jan 2018 09 Jan 2018
    Project Coordination Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Jan 2018 09 Jan 2018
    Project Management Officer - Illegal Wildlife Trade Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Jan 2018 16 Jan 2018

    Contracts Awarded

    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 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
    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 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 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

    Procurement Plan

    None currently available.