Over the past 25 years, Mongolia has transformed into a vibrant democracy, however, it faces significant environmental challenges, including land degradation, air and water pollution and increasing carbon dioxide emissions. Confronted with these challenges, Mongolia has made strong commitments to alternative growth based on environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness.
PAGE’s work in Mongolia began in 2013, first supporting the creation of the country’s National Green Development Policy (NGDP). This set the tone for strong evidence-based policy analysis, resulting in reforms across a range of sectoral and thematic areas, including sustainable public procurement, finance and trade, green economy learning, green jobs, green buildings, and industry and waste management.
Mongolia remains closely tied to the partnership as an alumni country, sharing lessons learned and best practices to help replicate its achievements on a global scale, specifically in the area of sustainable finance. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant economic and social impacts for Mongolia and, in this context additional support for green recovery, enabled PAGE to remain engaged in the country. PAGE green recovery support is focused on informing energy subsidy reform and promoting economic diversification through a new eco-tourism scheme, in line with priorities of the Government Action Plan for 2020-2024.
Mongolia is promoting community-based eco-tourism to revive and diversify its economy to become less dependent on the mining sector […]
Green Recovery through Community-based Eco-based Tourism
Mongolia is promoting community-based eco-tourism to revive and diversify its economy to become less dependent on the mining sector. Benefits of this nature-based solution are particularly relevant for women and low-skilled youth.
- A roadmap, national standards and an investment plan;
- A market assessment identifying opportunities for growth and decent job creation;
- Public-private collaboration;
- Development of eco-tourism business criteria and service standards; and
- Capacity development for local institutions, SMEs, community-based groups, and youth entrepreneurs.
The partnership in Mongolia has contributed to progress towards SDG 4 (Quality Education), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).