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Groundwater Management in Southern Mongolia

Mongolia

Titre : Groundwater Management in Southern Mongolia

Pays : Mongolia

Date : 2012

Résumé
This project design document seeks AusAID funding to establish a new institutional framework to strengthen the management of largely non-renewable groundwater resources in Southern Mongolia

Descriptif
This design document, prepared by the World Bank on behalf of the Government of Mongolia in February 2012, seeks AusAID funding to help establish a new institutional framework to strengthen the management of water resources in Mongolia, especially in relation to mining and downstream processing activities.
The AusAID component of a World Bank-backed Mining Infrastructure Investment Support Project (MINIS) would focus on improving groundwater management through strengthening the capacity of authorities to manage groundwater resources, as well as the capacity of the Water Authority to support those local authorities, and to consolidate a database of information on groundwater.

Objective
The objective of the AusAID Program is to implement the activities associated with Component 3 under the World Bank’s Mining Infrastructure Investment Support Project (MINIS), which will strengthen the capacity of authorities to manage non-renewable groundwater resources in Southern Mongolia, as well as the capacity of the WA to support those local authorities, and consolidate a database for the Southern Mongolia Region. This would largely be achieved by piloting new institutional structures in three Aimag capitals with important mining and/or planned industrial activities, and by strengthening the WA by establishing a small Groundwater Management and Information Unit.

Goal of AusAID Program
The goal of the AusAID Program is to improve the Government of Mongolia’s capacity to sustainably manage its natural resources in the context of rapid economic growth. This would be done by improving the understanding of groundwater resources in southern Mongolia, and devising appropriate policy to ensure its sustainable use and mitigate any negative environment and social impacts as a result of mining sector activities. The Program is focused on upstream results with the aim of improved groundwater resources management at the local and national levels.
Principal deliverables would include :
(a) pilot institutional structure for ground water management ;
(b) development of policy relevant data on ground water in southern Mongolia ;
(d) establishment of an Information and Communication (I&C) System with technical, socio-economic and institutional information that is linked to the existing WA database and public awareness system.

Description of AusAID Program
AusAID funding would be used to strengthen the capacity of local authorities to manage groundwater resources in Southern Mongolia. A new institutional structure will be piloted at three Aimags in the region (Dornogovi, Omnigovi and Dundgovi), which have fairly small and horizontally independent aquifers that can be managed independently. The management of these non-renewable resources will be piloted in priority areas in each Aimag with a socially-sustainable and participatory approach. A framework, including a mandate and staffing needs, has been defined and will be made operational under this component. Under the proposed framework, one Water Basin Council (WBC) and three Water Basin Administrations (WBAs) will be established in each of the three Aimags.

Financement : An overall amount of US$7.43 million is being requested from AusAID to help operationalize the new institutional framework.

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