China, People's Republic of: Silk Road Ecosystem Restoration Project

Sovereign Project | 40684-012

Summary

The TA will help the Government of the People's Republic of China in preparing an investment proposal for improving the environment of degraded or at-risk ecological areas along the Silk Road route in Gansu and Shaanxi Provinces and in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Planned interventions will also enhance livelihood prospects for area residents. The project is an environment improvement project wherein economic and ecological forest plantations provide the central components for development of a green corridor along the old Silk Road route.

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Project Name Silk Road Ecosystem Restoration Project
Project Number 40684-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7040-PRC: Silk Road Ecosystem Restoration Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Land-based natural resources management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The TA will help the Government of the People's Republic of China in preparing an investment proposal for improving the environment of degraded or at-risk ecological areas along the Silk Road route in Gansu and Shaanxi Provinces and in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Planned interventions will also enhance livelihood prospects for area residents. The project is an environment improvement project wherein economic and ecological forest plantations provide the central components for development of a green corridor along the old Silk Road route.

The Project will have three main components: (i) establishment of economic forests-fruit orchards, particularly encouraging environmentally-friendly or organic production orchards-which have functions in biodiversity conservation, improving local income opportunities and generally improving the ecological environment in the proposed project area, (ii) establishment of ecological forest (e.g., mountain closures, restored native forests proximate to existing reserves, wind breaks and anti-desertification plantation) for their environmental benefits, and (iii) essential infrastructure for deriving full benefits from the first two types of sub-projects (i.e., irrigation, water management, access roads, etc.) and support for agribusiness development related to fruit orchard development. It is anticipated that supporting investments for capacity building in ecological and economic forestry, integrated ecosystem management, and related areas will receive grant support from the Global Environment Fund both in project preparation ($350 thousand indicated) and implementation (indicated level of support unclear). Support for project activities under the Clean Development Mechanism will also be explored. The outcome of the TA will be an agreement with the Government on project formulation in the form of feasibility study reports, initial environmental examination/environmental impact assessment, resettlement plans, and ethnic minority development plans in ADB format for core subprojects including project implementation arrangements.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA fits within the country programming framework for the PRC-GEF Partnership on Land Degradation in Dryland Ecosystems, which seeks to combat land degradation, reduce poverty, and conserve biodiversity through capacity building investments, and developing demonstration investment programs. Promoting envifonmental improvement by reversing natural resources degradation and preserving farmland is one of the strategic priorities in the country strategy and program (2008-2010) of ADB's operations in the PRC, and is consistent with the PRC's 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP).
Impact The proposed Project is expected to have a positive impact on poverty and land degradation through targeted interventions that will contribute to restoring and productive and protective functions of the ecosystem along the old Silk Road route in the Western PRC.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome of the TA will be a project design for a loan, which responds to clients' needs and fulfills ADB's requirements and safeguard policies.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The TA will assist the Government in preparing an investment project based on the Government's initial proposals to address the technical, financial, and institutiona barriers. The Project is expected to improve sustainable use of natural resources and restoration of the ecology and biodiversity in the project area.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Gansu, Shaanxi, and Xinjiang
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design tbd
During Project Implementation tbd
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 16.5 person-months of international and 44.0 person-months of national consulting services are required under the TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Raymond Z. H. Renfro
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
State Forestry AdministrationMr. Chen Daodongchendd@forestry.gov.cnState Forestry Administration, Beijing
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Feb 2007
Fact Finding 07 Jun 2007 to 30 Jun 2007
MRM -
Approval 14 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Jan 2009
Last PDS Update 05 Aug 2011

TA 7040-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2007 28 Feb 2008 28 Feb 2008 31 Oct 2008 30 Apr 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 14 Dec 2007 1,044,868.11

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