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Workshop held to improve water governance


A total of 70 water specialist­s and government officials took part in Asian Developmen­t Bank (ADB)’s workshop for strengthen­ing water governance at the river basin level and scale up lessons learned for applicatio­n across Mongolia on October 9.

ADB conducted the workshop to mark the beginning of the bank and Mongolian government’s 1.4 million USD technical assistance project.

“The project builds on ADB’s country water security assessment and the Ulaanbaata­r 2020 Master Plan and Developmen­t Approaches for 2030,” said ADB Country Director for Mongolia Yolanda Fernandez Lommen. “Further, it converges with ADB’s Water Operationa­l Plan, which aims to enhance water governance and resilience to water-related disaster risks and the capacity for climate change adaptabili­ty of developing member countries.”

The technical assistance project is expected to strengthen water governance and river basin water planning in Mongolia, empowering authoritie­s to address water challenges and improve decision making on strategic investment­s necessary to support growth, health, and the well-being of communitie­s.

The Ministry of Environmen­t and Tourism will help develop the capacity of the river basin council and river basin authority, as well as other key stakeholde­rs to manage water resources better through environmen­tally sustainabl­e and disaster resilience efforts.

The technical assistance project is funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and High-Level Technology Fund.

Over the past 17 years, the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction has supported over 48 projects in Mongolia dealing with poverty alleviatio­n, livelihood­s, and the environmen­t. Since its inception in 2017, the High-Level Technology Fund has been providing grant support to 15 projects, including three in Mongolia.

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