Mongolia’s Multi-stakeholder Platform

Work Streams

Work Stream 1: Reducing water demand and augmenting supply: Identifying cost-effective solutions via hydro-economic analyses
The program is focused on developing projects and financing for water use efficiency within industry and mining clusters, and circular economy solutions for wastewater are being explored in tandem with local partners. A consortium of PWC, Amec Foster Wheeler and Ground-Water Solutions is undertaking a Hydro Economic Analysis, on three regions: a) Nyalga Shivee Ovoo (mining), b) Tavan Tolgoi (mining) c) Ulanbaator. Analyzing the gap in water demand and supply, the studies consolidate national and international best practices to prioritize a comprehensive evaluation framework and share recommendations for implementation. The hydro-economic analysis will be used to develop projects with local partners and mobilize finance. The results of the analysis for the coal-mining areas will be presented and published in February 2016.

Work Stream 2: Creating the right incentives for sustainable water resource management: Developing Water Economics and Valuation of Water Resources
This program is focused on developing appropriate water valuation methodologies and contributing to the design and implementation of smart incentives for efficient water use and wastewater treatment across sectors. It has engaged with international and local experts on water valuation techniques and incentives to encourage the sustainable management of water.
Following a detailed consultative process, the Ministry of Green Development and Tourism will present the new methodology to the Cabinet for approval in 2016. The improved valuation methodology recognizes customary rights and environmental values, considers water a critical input for different economic activities (mining, power generation, agriculture, manufacturing, and so on), and considers the spatial and temporal differences in the value of water. It also increases transparency for water users (especially as the valuation methodology is used to derive the water abstraction fee), making the system more robust.

Work Stream 3: Building capacity in the water sector and encouraging collaboration
The multi-stakeholder platform’s steering board is:
A) Developing integrated data. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is in the process of developing an integrated data base (based at the Ministry of Environment and Green Development) to improve access to information, public services delivery and analysis of water data.
B) Bringing in various stakeholders and establishing a collective approach to setting up river basin councils, such as the Tuul River Basin Council. These local councils will be linked at a national level.
C) Improving capacity to address technical and social issues around mining and groundwater management. The IFC Mining Roundtable is setting up these capacity training modules.

Key Partners

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