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Regional: Scaling Up the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Initiative

Sovereign (Public) Project | 55056-001 Status: Active

The technical assistance (TA) seeks to strengthen institutional capacity, identify and create investment proposals for priority sites and develop a financing mechanism to support the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) in the long-term.

The TA will establish a framework to identify sites of highest priority within the EAAF. The TA will engage with participating developing member countries to strengthen protection and sustainable use of these sites. A subsequent investment framework will be completed where investment proposals are developed for each site maximizing biodiversity gains as well as co-benefits and improvements to local livelihoods. The TA will then establish a financing mechanism to generate financial resources particularly from EAAF Partnership members that are Asian Development Bank (ADB) donor countries, to maintain both priority sites and regional flyway initiatives in the long-term.

Project Details

Project Officer
Lang, Duncan Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Scaling Up the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Initiative
Project Number 55056-001
Country Regional
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Indonesia
Malaysia
Mongolia
Philippines
China, People's Republic of
Thailand
Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6746-REG: Scaling Up the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Initiative
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Land-based natural resources management - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The technical assistance (TA) seeks to strengthen institutional capacity, identify and create investment proposals for priority sites and develop a financing mechanism to support the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) in the long-term.

The TA will establish a framework to identify sites of highest priority within the EAAF. The TA will engage with participating developing member countries to strengthen protection and sustainable use of these sites. A subsequent investment framework will be completed where investment proposals are developed for each site maximizing biodiversity gains as well as co-benefits and improvements to local livelihoods. The TA will then establish a financing mechanism to generate financial resources particularly from EAAF Partnership members that are Asian Development Bank (ADB) donor countries, to maintain both priority sites and regional flyway initiatives in the long-term.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The EAAF is the most vulnerable of the eight major migratory flyways. It covers East and Southeast Asia and Australasia, extending across 22 countries from the Arctic Circle in the north to New Zealand in the south. Thousands of wetlands are present in the EAAF, which support over 50 million migratory waterbirds from more than 210 species, of which 20% are globally threatened. The wetlands are vital for bird species, which make return migrations each year between breeding and wintering grounds and their globe-spanning nature means they are important "sentinels" of regional and global environmental change.

The wetlands that make up the EAAF provide food, medicine, fuel, income, and other benefits for nearly 200 million people in the Asia-Pacific region as well as maintaining essential ecosystem services such as flood regulation and carbon sequestration. Despite this extensive loss and degradation of coastal and inland wetlands continues, largely due to conversion and drainage for agriculture and due to climate change. Hunting of waterbirds and other wetland fauna is a major threat in many sites. Existing and successful efforts by the EAAFP and other development partners to protect migratory waterbirds and wetlands in the EAAF are in urgent need of scaling up existing support and providing an opportunity for nature-positive investments at a regional scale. Constraints to existing efforts are: (i) limited institutional capacity, data and related information gaps on valuation of wetland ecosystem services; (ii) inadequate support for sustainable wetlands management; and (iii) lack of sustainable livelihood options and financing.

Of the countries across which the flyway extends, 10 are ADB DMCs and all of these are signatories to the Strategic Plan of the EAAF Partnership as well as the Ramsar Convention. The TA will support the delivery of the EAAFP Strategic Plan and DMC obligations under the Ramsar Convention, and will contribute to support of regional public goods, supporting measures for biodiversity protection and sustainable resource management and use of the EAAF wetlands which form a transboundary network of key importance for waterbird species.

Impact Effective protection and sustainable use of a network of wetland sites in the EAAF bolstered, benefitting wetland biodiversity and people.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Wetland management in the EAAF improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Institutional capacity for understanding of EAAF wetland values enhanced regionally

RFI investment framework for priority EAAF sites prepared

RFI financing mechanism developed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Cambodia - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Malaysia - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Thailand - 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
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Individuals and Firm
Procurement ADB will engage consultants and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Lang, Duncan
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDTC-ENV
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Apr 2021
Fact Finding 26 Jan 2021 to 26 Jan 2021
MRM -
Approval 14 Jul 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Jul 2021

TA 6746-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Jul 2021 - 14 Jul 2021 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 14 Jul 2021 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Senior Technical Expert (Natural Capital) Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021

Contracts Awarded

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