What’s the main purpose of implementing Component 3?
The government had established 29 water basins for the country. The main source of water for the southern region of Mongolia is groundwater, as surface water contribution is very low in that region. Strengthening the Groundwater Management (Component 3), aims to strengthen the capacity of local authorities to manage groundwater resources in the region and the groundwater management in the Southern Gobi of Mongolia. Within the scopes of strengthening the groundwater management the following 3 river basin administrations (RBAs) have been established for the region of Gobi: Umard Gobiin Guveet-Khalkhiin Dundad Taliin RBA (17), Galba-Uush-Doloodiin Gobiin RBA (18) and Altain Uvur Gobi RBA (20). The River Basin Councils have been established respectively as well.
Where do the funds for Component 3 come from?
Strengthening the Groundwater Management (Component 3) is financed by the Australian Government’s grant aid and MINIS project which is funded by the World Bank’s concessionary loan. Component 3 had started its implementations in July of 2013.
What will the funds be used for?
- The funds will be used to execute the following principal tasks:
GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT INFORMATION UNIT (GWMIU), the main objectives of the unit consist of utilizing and preserving the water resource, improving water safety, ensuring the Gobi population with an adequate drinking water, acceptable by the quality standards, improving the strategic policy to protect the water and ecosystem from industrialization and supporting the maintenance of the ecological balance.
Since the establishment, the GWMIU has been working under the directions of Ministry of Environment and Tourism and MINIS project and in cooperation with the 3 RBA’s by supporting the local authorities, private and public entities in improving the groundwater management, cooperatively working and providing professional and methodological advice, controlling implementations of the procedures for the Law on Water and all relevant water policies and regulations, developing a groundwater sub database and processing accumulated data.