Mongolia: Establishing a Digital Museum for Heritage, Livelihoods, and Tourism in Western Mongolia

Sovereign Project | 51422-004

1.The transaction technical assistance (TA) will support the implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Development Project (Phase 2) (STDP2) in Mongolia. Developing Mongolia's tourism sector is a high priority under national recovery efforts to revitalize the economy following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The STDP2 will support the development of tourism in three aimags (provinces) of western Mongoliaan area of national priority for economic developmentfocused on inclusive benefits for communities, nature-based solutions to protect wilderness and heritage values, and post-COVID-19 recovery and resilience. The STDP2 is aligned with the following impact: sustainable tourism development in Mongolia improved and diversified. The expected outcome of the STDP2 is: sustainability and inclusiveness of tourism in western Mongolia increased.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Bezuijen, Mark R.
    East Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    8 November 2022
  • Country/Economy
    Mongolia
  • Sector
    • Industry and trade
Project Name Establishing a Digital Museum for Heritage, Livelihoods, and Tourism in Western Mongolia
Project Number 51422-004
Country / Economy Mongolia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6988-MON: Establishing a Digital Museum for Heritage, Livelihoods, and Tourism in Western Mongolia
High Level Technology Fund US$ 650,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade / Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description 1.The transaction technical assistance (TA) will support the implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Development Project (Phase 2) (STDP2) in Mongolia. Developing Mongolia's tourism sector is a high priority under national recovery efforts to revitalize the economy following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The STDP2 will support the development of tourism in three aimags (provinces) of western Mongoliaan area of national priority for economic developmentfocused on inclusive benefits for communities, nature-based solutions to protect wilderness and heritage values, and post-COVID-19 recovery and resilience. The STDP2 is aligned with the following impact: sustainable tourism development in Mongolia improved and diversified. The expected outcome of the STDP2 is: sustainability and inclusiveness of tourism in western Mongolia increased. The STDP2 has four outputs: (i) inclusive planning and capacity for community-based tourism enhanced, (ii) enabling infrastructure constructed, (iii) sanitation and waste management improved, and (iv) management of cultural heritage sites and protected areas strengthened. The executing agency is the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), acting through the Department of Tourism Policy Coordination (DTPC). The STDP2 is supported by a regular loan of $30.0 million from the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) ordinary capital resources and a grant of $2.0 million from the Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA will support a key component under output 4 of the STDP2: establishing Mongolia's first digital museum for the conservation of rock art heritage, livelihoods and tourism. The digital museum will include high-quality two- and three-dimensional virtual displays of the unique rock art of western Mongolia, including from a cave systemTsenkher Cave (TSC)in Khovd aimag; establish a digital inventory of rock art and other heritage sites; and develop an online platform to promote digital tourism based on heritage values. The digital museum will be housed within a visitor center in Khovd aimag to be constructed under the STDP2. The center, digital museum, and access to the TSC will be managed by the Khovd aimag government in collaboration with MET, through an integrated approach for operation and maintenance (O&M), entry fees, and guided visits to and protection of the TSC
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Firms will select the types and number of international and national experts and skills required to achieve the consultancy deliverables, except for a minimum list of 'key experts_ (Section D.5) which all applicants are required to include in their proposals. Through this approach, ADB expects a stronger use of in-house expertise from consultant firms and greater innovation and originality in the proposals to achieve the deliverables.
Procurement The quality- and cost-based selection method will be used to recruit the firm, with a qualitycost ratio of 90:10 and using simplified technical proposals. Output-based proposals will be requested from short-listed applicants.
Responsible ADB Officer Bezuijen, Mark R.
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 08 Nov 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Nov 2022

TA 6988-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Nov 2022 - - 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 650,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 650,000.00 06 Dec 2022 0.00

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