Mongolia: Sustainable Tourism Development Project (Phase 2)
The project will have four outputs: (i) inclusive planning and capacity for local tourism businesses enhanced; (ii) enabling infrastructure for tourism constructed; and (iii) sanitation and waste management improved; and (iv) management of cultural heritage sites and protected areas strengthened. These outputs will result in the following outcome: sustainability and inclusiveness of ecotourism in western Mongolia is increased. The project will be aligned with the following impact: sustainable tourism development in Mongolia is improved and diversified.
Bezuijen, Mark R.
East Asia Department
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- Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
|Project Name||Sustainable Tourism Development Project (Phase 2)|
|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 / Rural sanitation - Rural solid waste management - Water-based natural resources management
Industry and trade / Trade and services
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The project will have four outputs: (i) inclusive planning and capacity for local tourism businesses enhanced; (ii) enabling infrastructure for tourism constructed; and (iii) sanitation and waste management improved; and (iv) management of cultural heritage sites and protected areas strengthened. These outputs will result in the following outcome: sustainability and inclusiveness of ecotourism in western Mongolia is increased. The project will be aligned with the following impact: sustainable tourism development in Mongolia is improved and diversified.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), tourism was the largest and fastest growing sector of the global economy. Ecotourism, a major subsector, has comprised up to 20% of global tourism and is a key contributor to rural income and the financing of protected areas in many countries. Mongolia has a small but growing tourism sector. In 2017, tourism comprised 11.4% of Mongolia's gross domestic product (GDP), generating $1.2 billion, 10.4% of total employment, and 121,500 jobs. By 2028, tourism was forecast to comprise 11.0% ($2.1 billion) of GDP and provide 149,000 jobs, and international visitor arrivals (471,239 in 2017) were forecast to increase to 1 million. Long-term projections of the impact of COVID-19 to Mongolia's tourism sector are not yet available, but for 2020, a decline in tourism revenue of $101 million to $208 million is projected. Developing the tourism sector was, and continues to be, a high national priority to diversify the economy and create jobs: as the immediate impacts of COVID-19 recede and short-term relief efforts are completed, the need for longer-term projects to support the sector, combined with strengthening resilience to the risk of future disease outbreaks, has become even higher. Government plans to develop tourism focus on ecotourism in protected areas and cultural heritage.|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Over 300 households in 13 soums (districts) of 3 aimags (provinces) of Bayan-Ulgii, Khovd, and Uvs Aimags have been consulted as part of project preparation, as well as aimag and soum government agencies, 3 Public Private Dialogue Councils (one per aimag), and civil society organizations and development agencies involved in conservation and/or community-based tourism in western Mongolia.|
|During Project Implementation||A project consultation and participation plan, and stakeholder communication strategy, are under preparation, and will ensure that consultation is maintained throughout implementation.|
|Consulting Services||A consulting firm will be recruited using the quality- and cost-based selection method, using a quality cost ratio of 90:10 and simplified technical proposal according to the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||There will be small shopping packages for office equipment. Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Bezuijen, Mark R.|
|Responsible ADB Department||East Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD|
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Government Building II, United Nation's
Street 5/2, Chingeltei District,
Ulaanbaatar 15160, Mongolia
|Approval||08 Jun 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Sep 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|08 Jun 2020||30 Jul 2020||30 Jul 2020||30 Apr 2021||31 Jul 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|800,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||800,000.00||18 Oct 2021||770,102.55|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sustainable Tourism Development Project (Phase 2): Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Jun 2020|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Transaction technical assistance consultant team||Firm - Consulting||Closed||16 May 2020||05 Jun 2020|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Project Preparatory||Technical Assistance 9988||07 Sep 2020||NAREE International Limited(HONG KONG, CHINA) in association with HIDRIA Ciencia ambiente y desarrollo S.L.(SPAIN) | Room A, 29/F, United Centre, 95 Queenswa Admiralty Hongkong, Hong Kong, China||Ministry of Environment and Tourism||779,000.00||—|
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