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Ger-area Upgrading Strategy and Investment Plan for

Background and Objectives

Ulaanbaatar City is facing a population explosion from rapid rural-urban migration threatening government and international efforts to sustainably manage the city's growth and development. While the Cities Alliance-funded City Development Strategy for Ulaanbaatar injected vision into the Master Plan 2020 preparations and leveraged significant follow-up investments, the supporting legal and administrative framework to manage urban growth and development nevertheless remained firmly rooted in traditional urban design and regulatory approaches.

The overall objective was to help the city shift from a central planning paradigm to an approach that reflected economic realities and market demand for development investment, and in particular gave the municipality a better understanding of its role as an enabler and not a controller of the urban economy.


The main activities include:
* Development of a Citywide Pro-poor Ger-area Upgrading Strategy of Ulaanbaatar City;
* Urban Development Guidelines focusing on three types of Ger areas;
* An "Investment Programme" for the upgrading of three types of Ger areas in Ulaanbaatar;
* Preparation and implementation of "Ger-area Improvement Action Plans";
* Project will also develop and implement an "Institutional Strengthening Strategy" with the involvement of Mongolian institutes and universities;
* Formulate and implement "Knowledge-sharing and Policy Learning" mechanisms for national replication.


Results are as follows:
* Prepared the first "Citywide Pro-poor Ger-area Upgrading Strategy of Ulaanbaatar City" that has been approved by the Ulaanbaatar City Citizens’ Representatives Council in July 2007 for its implementation;
* Introduced the CDS/City consultation approach and Community Action Planning methodology;
* Preparation of Ger-area Upgrading Guidelines and an Institutional Strengthening Strategy is underway;
* A Ger Area Information System of Ulaanbaatar (GAISU) is being developed with the participation of relevant agencies/departments/divisions/companies of the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar;
* Supported a training course on "City Management" for City Mayors in Mongolia that was jointly organised with MOngolian Association of Urban Centres (MAUC);
* Introduced Environmental Management Information System (EMIS) into Mongolia, organised 2 EMIS training workshops, and established an EMIS Training Laboratory at the School of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.

Development Partners / Partners

Development Partners: Cities Alliance
Partners: Municipality of Ulaanbaatar, Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, Mongolian Association of Urban Centres, Mongolian University of Science and Technology

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