China, People's Republic of: Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project

Sovereign Project | 40642-013

Summary

Wuzhou city is a medium-sized city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Over centuries, Wuzhou has served as a gateway city and regional transportation center to connect Guangxi with national and international markets, particularly through river transportation. In line with the Government's development program, Wuzhou will be developed into a multimode regional transportation hub through domestically funded ongoing transportation projects.

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Project Name Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project
Project Number 40642-013
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2491-PRC: Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Urban roads and traffic management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Other urban services - Urban housing
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

Wuzhou city is a medium-sized city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Over centuries, Wuzhou has served as a gateway city and regional transportation center to connect Guangxi with national and international markets, particularly through river transportation. In line with the Government's development program, Wuzhou will be developed into a multimode regional transportation hub through domestically funded ongoing transportation projects.

However, geological and geographic conditions constrain urban development in Wuzhou. The city is in a mountainous region divided into three parts by two big rivers. Because flat urban land is lacking, the residents tended to build their houses in the marginal lands, which were gradually expanding up the mountains along slopes of major valleys. The mountains in Wuzhou are mainly formed by loose earth, eroded granite, and clastic rocks. As such, they are vulnerable to rain-triggered geological disasters (known as geohazards) in the form of landslides, slope collapse, and mud and debris flows. Many of these valleys, though densely populated, have been classified as geohazard-prone zones.

With support from the central Government, the Wuzhou municipal government (WMG) has made enormous investments to strengthen the control of geological disasters, mainly by building and rehabilitating of the slope protections and retaining walls. However, such traditional control measures have not always been economical and optimal solutions. Under severe weather conditions, these slope protections and retaining walls can be washed away together with houses and other buildings.

The Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project will adopt a new approach to address the geohazard concern of the city. The basic principle of this new approach to geohazard management is a shift from disaster rehabilitation to prevention. Under the Project, geological disasters are to be prevented through holistic urban planning and integrated public investment. The combination of these efforts will result in (i) carefully designed urban planning for long-term urban expansion, (ii) relocation of the people living in the geohazard-prone valley to the newly developed geohazard-free urban area, (iii) engineering measures for geohazard control to convert the evacuated geohazard-prone valley into geohazard-free land for urban redevelopment, and (iv) stronger geohazard forecasting and early warning capability to improve the effectiveness of the city's geohazard management system.

The Project is aimed at promoting sustainable urban development and improving quality of life in Wuzhou. The outcomes of the Project include improved environmental management through the enhanced disaster management and infrastructure and improved municipal services, particularly in the areas of wastewater management and solid waste management.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Wuzhou is a less developed, medium-sized city in western PRC. The Project will help the city deal with geohazards a major development constraint and help free thousands of people from the threat of geological disasters. The Project will introduce an innovative approach to address the geohazards in urban development. The Project is expected to play a demonstration role for many other cities facing similar geological conditions in the PRC.
Impact Sustained urban development and improved quality of life for Wuzhou city
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Reduced geohazard threat on life and property and the related constraint on urban development
Progress Toward Outcome As of December 2014, the project's physical progress is approximately 77% against 75% of the original project implementation period elapsed (the 2-year loan extension was approved on 13 May 2014). Three out of four project components were completed. The delay in the Hongling Road Network subproject by the resettlement process is being monitored closely. One civil works contract and one goods contract are yet to be procured.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

A well-serviced resettlement community is constructed in Zaochong, and is equipped with quality housing and municipal infrastructure

About 1,721 families and 24 enterprises (6,505 persons) have been evacuated from the geohazard-prone Pingminchong valley and properly relocated to the newly constructed resettlement community

Geohazard-prone Pingminchong valley is systematically and thoroughly treated with anti-geohazard engineering measures to become 21.27 ha of landslide-free land for urban redevelopment

A 32.5 km urban road network is constructed in Hongling area together with associated municipal infrastructure, including drainage and sewage pipelines to promote and facilitate urban expansion away from the geohazard zones

A GIS-compatible geohazard forecasting and early warning system is introduced and put into operation to strengthen the geohazard management system

Substantial short-term jobs become available, reducing poverty

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Completed.

2. Completed. Follow up surveys have been conducted by the external resettlement monitor.

3. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

4. Approximately 70.0% of the work has been completed.

5. Installation is completed, and the system is currently being tested and under final acceptance review. It will be handed over before the end of 2013.

6. As of December 2012, 2,760 short-term job was created, of which approximately 26%, 21% and 10% were taken by women, poor and ethnic minorities, respectively. Next reporting will be at the end of January 2014.

Geographical Location Wuzhou
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Category A. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) was undertaken for each of the investment components under the Project. The semi-annual environmental monitoring reports have been submitted (the last submission on March 2015). No environmental issues has been identified as of March 2015.
Involuntary Resettlement Significant impact. A resettlement plan for each investment component has been prepared in accordance with the PRC laws and regulations, and the ADB Involuntary Resettlement Policy. About 1,721 families and 24 enterprises (6,505 persons) have been evacuated from the geohazard-prone Pingminchong valley and properly relocated to place of their choice including the new Zaochong resettlement community. The semi-annual external resettlement monitoring reports have been submitted (the last submission on March 2015)
Indigenous Peoples No impact. Ethnic minorities acount for a small proportion (2.4%) of Wuzhou City. Social analysis determined they are fully integrated into the majority populaiton with similar customs and socioeconomic activities.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Project was formulated using various participatory methods and approaches for the poverty and social impact assessment, including 500 respondents random sampling socioeconomic survey in the project areas, stakeholder consultation workshops, meetings, seminars, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews on issues related to geohazard resettlement, geohazard prevention and control, and development of urban road network and related infrastructure in Hongling. The development of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management plan (EMP) involved two rounds of public consultation. The formulation of the two resettlement plans involved separate socioeconomic surveys, community meetings, opinion surveys, and specific impact studies. The EMP and resettlement plans have set out detailed ongoing public participation plans.
During Project Implementation

Project documents publicly disclosed at the project management office (PMO) of the WMG and on the ADB website include the project information document, design and monitoring framework, resettlement plans, summary EIA, report and recommendation of the President, public sector legal agreement, project administration memorandum, and social and environmental monitoring reports. Information booklets outlining the resettlement plans will be distributed to each affected household, and disclosure meetings will be held. Copies of the booklets will be made available at the PMO and each affected village office. To enhance the geohazard preparedness and environmental benefits of the Project, specialized consulting services will be provided under the Project to strengthen the geohazard and environmental awareness in communities through the existing mass-based geohazard monitoring and early warning system in Wuzhou.

As of March 2015, 1 loan inception, 6 loan review and 1 loan midterm review missions were fielded. Each mission holds a consultation meeting with different APs from Pingminchong and Hongling components. The midterm review also confirmed that, following the ADB's past suggestions, the PMO has been conducted a continuous monitoring and assessment to follow up the status of the APs' resettlement process, and its compliance to the ADB's Safeguard Policy.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants will be recruited in line with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. The Project will have two separate contracts for consulting services: one for the capacity development component for establishing the geohazard forecasting and early warning system, and the other for project implementation support. Consulting services under both contracts will be recruited through quality-cost-based selection method.
Procurement All procurement to be financed under an ADB loan will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. A detailed procurement plan will be developed through further processing of the loan.
Responsible ADB Officer Antonio Ressano Garcia
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Wuzhou Municipal Government#1 Xinxing San Road
Wuzhou City, Guangzi Zhuang Autonomous
Region, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 23 May 2008
Fact Finding 29 Jul 2008 to 01 Aug 2008
MRM 11 Sep 2008
Approval 15 Dec 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Apr 2008
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

Loan

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 77.66 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 77.66 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

Loan 2491-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2008 29 Apr 2009 30 Jul 2009 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 177.66 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 15 Dec 2008 92.54 0.00 93%
Counterpart 77.66 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 15 Dec 2008 79.99 0.00 80%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - Satisfactory -

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2015
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Resettlement Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2015
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Ninth Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2014
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Eighth Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2014
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Sixth External Resettlement Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2013
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Sixth Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2013
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Fifth External Resettlement Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2013
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Fifth Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2012
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Fourth Environmental Monitoring Report Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2012
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project (January - June 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2011
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Second External Resettlement Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2011
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: First External Resettlement Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2011
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Environment Monitoring Report (Covering July-December 2010) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2011
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Environment Monitoring Report (Covering August 2009-June 2010) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2010
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Pingminchong Geohazard Resettlement and Prevention Project Resettlement Planning Documents May 2010
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Hongling Road Network Project Resettlement Plans Aug 2009
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project Resettlement Planning Documents Aug 2008
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project Environmental Assessment and Measures Aug 2008
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Pingminchong Geohazard Resettlement and Prevention Project Resettlement Plans Aug 2008
Guangxi Wuzhou Urban Development Project: Hongling Road Network Project Resettlement Plans Aug 2008

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