Focus Area: Environment
Project Number: 00048505
Project Title: Joint Actions to Reduce PTS and Nutrients Pollution in Lake Baikal through Integrated Basin Management (Russia, Mongolia), FSP
Budget and Source of Funds: PPG: US$ 120,000.00 (GEF). Full-size project resources estimated at US$ 3,000,000.00 (GEF)
Starting Date and Duration: January 2009 - March 2011
Project Site: Baikal Lake Basin
Executing Agency: UNOPS
Partnerships: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, Ministry of Nature and Environment of Mongolia, Center for International Projects (Moscow, Russia), Baikal Institute of Nature Management, UNESCO, V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography (Siberian Branch of RAS), federal and regional authorities in charge of Lake Baikal issues, research institutions and universities
Project Status: ongoing
Delivery: 2008: USD 95,701.00

Responsible Unit:

Energy and Environment Unit

Ms. Nataly Olofinskaya,

Head of Environment Unit

Tel.: +7(495) 7872139

Project Document: download

00048505 - Joint Actions to Reduce PTS and Nutrients Pollution in Lake Baikal through Integrated Basin Management (Russia, Mongolia), FSP


Lake Baikal, situated in eastern Siberia on the Russian border with Mongolia, is the world’s oldest (>25 million years old) and deepest lake (1,637 m). It contains 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh surface water and supports a diverse and highly endemic flora and fauna. Although the lake is in Russia, the catchment around this vast freshwater reservoir (Baikal Lake Basin) is a transboundary resource extending over a 500,000 km2 area shared between Russia and Mongolia, with over 300 rivers and streams. Ongoing pressure to expand the economy in both countries is driving the largely uncontrolled expansion of industrial, agricultural and urban developments within the watershed on both sides of the lake. These developments have increased the number and types of inputs and the release of nutrients and persistent toxic substances. While the lake waters remain relatively clean (due to mixing and the sheer volume of the lake) localized contamination and eutrophication events have reportedly increased, particularly within certain heavily impacted areas. Continuation of this pressure on the watershed has serious implications for the local indigenous population and the wildlife supported by this once pristine lacustrine ecosystem. In recognition of their shared responsibility for this preservation of this globally important ecosystem, the countries have attempted to establish joint monitoring and management programmes. The intention of the proposed Project is to assist the countries to revitalize these agreements, harmonize policies and facilitate the establishment of an effective transboundary integrated water resource management regime to reduce land-based sources of contamination and ensure the sustainable use of this vast, ancient and unique fresh water reservoir for the benefit of future generations.

Expected Outcome:

The objective of this Project Preparation Grant (PPG) is to develop a full project document for a regional UNDP/GEF project in International Waters focal area addressing reduction of PTS and nutrients pollution in Lake Baikal through integrated basin management.

The full-size project Objective is the reduction of nutrient over-enrichment and persistent toxic substances contamination from land based sources (industrial, agricultural and municipal) in the Baikal Lake Basin (BLB) through implementation of a transboundary integrated water resource management regime. To achieve this objective the Project will develop a nationally endorsed Strategic Action Programme, and an integrated water resource management plan, for the transboundary management of the Baikal Lake Basin between Russia and Mongolia and develop and implement demonstrations to test Integrated Water Resources Management strategies for innovative approaches to address the key concerns and reduce the environmental stress in the Baikal Lake Basin.

Additional information:

Project Identification Form (PIF) for full-sized project

Project news:

Inception Workshop of UNDP/GEF project “Joint Actions to Reduce PTS and Nutrients Pollution in Lake Baikal through integrated basin management”, Ulan-Ude, Russia, 9-11 April 2008

Information updated: 2011-02-01 14:44:06