Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – October, 2018

Increased industrial activity and urban expansion has been putting serious pressure on Mongolia’s water sources. The Implementing innovative approaches for water governance project, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), aims to support the government to improve the national structure and regulatory framework for water governance.

During the visit, the consulting team met with senior level representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and national team partners at the Institute of Geology and Geo-ecology (IGG) and the Information and Research Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IRIMHE). The meetings were used an as opportunity to establish priorities for the project and refine the scope of the work that will take place.

The mission also included a workshop session attended by over 70 representatives from River Basin Organisations (RBOs), national agencies, and the ADB. This provided an opportunity to introduce the project and the intended outcomes and also allowed for input from stakeholders. Issues discussed ranged from a need for a stronger state database and improved data collection and entry procedures, desire for tangible project impacts and technical trainings, and interest in implementing management strategies using advanced technology.

Following the mission, the team will work closely with national representatives to develop strategies for effective river basin plan implementation, design and employ pilot projects in selected river basins, and begin work on improving the state water database. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2020.