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 Name||Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific|
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 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|
|Impact||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||Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||SDSS|
|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||31 Dec 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,655,000.00||2,334,862.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||4,489,862.00||13 Dec 2017||2,305,356.79|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|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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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Eco-compensation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||26 May 2021||01 Jun 2021|
|Finance 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|
|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 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||Consulting Services||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||Consulting Services||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||Consulting Services||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||Consulting Services||259,823.00||—|
None currently available.