Mongolia: Improving Safeguard Planning and Implementation in Mongolia

Sovereign Project | 56366-001

The TA will improve environment and social risks management in the ongoing and future portfolio in Mongolia, through capacity building and project preparation and implementation support.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Amerasinghe, Nishanthi Manjula
    East Asia Department
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  • Country/Economy
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Improving Safeguard Planning and Implementation in Mongolia
Project Number 56366-001
Country / Economy Mongolia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10051-MON: Improving Safeguard Planning and Implementation in Mongolia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Education / Education sector development

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will improve environment and social risks management in the ongoing and future portfolio in Mongolia, through capacity building and project preparation and implementation support.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The present portfolio in Mongolia of $1.6 billion comprises 36 projects of which (i) 1 is categorized A and 22 are categorized B for environment, and (ii) 3 are categorized A and 7 categorized B for resettlement. There are no category A or B projects for indigenous peoples. Implementation performance of safeguards varies across the portfolio. In recent years, there has been an increase in complaints received by ADB's Office of the Special Project Facilitator on alleged lack of compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS). Issues raised included inadequate consultation, impacts on livelihood, concerns on compensation, valuation, and inadequate environmental mitigation. Lack of understanding on ADB's SPS requirements, gaps between Mongolia's and ADB's safeguard requirements, and relatively weak capacity among executing agencies, implementing agencies, consultants, and contractors have led to the increase in complaints.

ADB's country partnership strategy for Mongolia has identified the need for selectivity, with a move to support fewer, larger, and more programmatic operations. The proposed Indicative Country Pipeline and Monitoring Report (2023-2025) includes major projects in transport, renewable energy, urban, and agriculture and rural development sectors. The shift towards larger projects will invariably result in more complex safeguards, requiring stronger safeguard planning and implementation.

Given the challenges faced in implementing safeguards in current portfolio and the proposed move toward larger projects, it is imperative that the capacity of executing and implementing agencies to plan and implement safeguards is strengthened. The TA will (i) support capacity building of project teams, through hands-on support and tailored training programs and workshops; and (ii) support project preparatory activities and implementation. The support will cover the entire project cycle, preparation and updating of due diligence reports, impact assessment and mitigation plans, monitoring, consultation, grievance redress and safeguard assessments at project completion. Specifically, the TA will support the updating of environment and social assessments of two projects that have planned scope changes. Some of the proposed scope changes require in depth studies and analysis which are beyond the capacity of the executing agency. This TA will also complement other TAs supporting improved social safeguards.

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
Responsible ADB Officer Amerasinghe, Nishanthi Manjula
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval 15 Dec 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Dec 2022

TA 10051-MON

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2022 - 15 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 06 Jan 2023 0.00

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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