Environment Ministry to cooperate with ADB in tourism recovery and forest managementEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Urtnasan held a virtual meeting with Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Country Director for Mongolia Pavit Ramachandran to discuss projects and programs to be jointly implemented in 2022-2024 and the progress in the ongoing Sustainable Tourism Development project.
In March 2021, the sides talked about projects to be included in the partnership strategy that the government of Mongolia will implement with ADB in 2022-2024. At the time, Mongolian side proposed to cooperate in four directions, namely, reducing soil and environmental pollution, improve forest management, support tourism, and develop eco-friendly infrastructure and as all the proposed fields had not been reflected sufficiently in the plan, Mongolian side raised the matters again this time.
Minister N.Urtnasan put a proposal to add the ‘Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Governance Reform’ project in the country partnership strategy for Mongolia covering 2021–2024 for ensuring the realization of the ‘One Billion Trees’ national campaign, besides suggesting to cooperate in recovering tourism industry of the country and improving legal environment of the sector.
ADB Country Director Pavit Ramachandran said it is possible for the two sides to cooperate on post-Covid-19 tourism recovery and draft the law revision. The sides agreed to have another meeting to develop a detailed plan for the implementation of USD 32 million 'Sustainable Tourism Development Project-Phase 2'.