China, People's Republic of: Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project

Sovereign Project | 40685-013

Summary

The expected impact of the project will be improved ecosystem health and services in the coastal wetlands in Yancheng. The expected outcome will be increased capacity to manage and protect the wetland ecosystems in Yancheng. The project will adopt an integrated approach to address the degradation of the wetland ecosystems in Yancheng through habitats rehabilitation, invasive species control, sustainable forest management, waste management, and ecological services payments. The initial results and lessons learned from these efforts to rehabilitate wetland habitats will be replicated to other areas of the nature reserves and can be a good model for restoration of other wetlands in the PRC.

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Project Name Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project
Project Number 40685-013
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2838-PRC: Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 36.90 million
Grant 0311-PRC: Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project
Global Environment Facility US$ 2.25 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Forestry - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Water-based natural resources management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The expected impact of the project will be improved ecosystem health and services in the coastal wetlands in Yancheng. The expected outcome will be increased capacity to manage and protect the wetland ecosystems in Yancheng. The project will adopt an integrated approach to address the degradation of the wetland ecosystems in Yancheng through habitats rehabilitation, invasive species control, sustainable forest management, waste management, and ecological services payments. The initial results and lessons learned from these efforts to rehabilitate wetland habitats will be replicated to other areas of the nature reserves and can be a good model for restoration of other wetlands in the PRC. The impact and outcome will be achieved through the following five project outputs: (i) wetland protection at the YRBNNR; (ii) wetland protection at the DMNNR; (iii) coastal forest improvement at the Sheyang forest farm; (iv) coastal forest improvement at the Dafeng forest farm; and (v) project management and capacity development.

The project activities will include (i) wetland habitat rehabilitation and restoration, including rehydration of dehydrated critical habitats for water birds; conversion of fish ponds into wildlife habitats; and improvement of the milu drinking water and food supplies; (ii) control of the Spartina alterniflora as an invasive species along the Jiangsu coast by the use of freshwater flooding; (iii) improvement and protection of coastal forests, including improvement of the irrigation and drainage systems; fire prevention; pest early warning system and integrated pest management; and reforestation; (iv) waste management, including collection and safe disposal of solid wastes in the nature reserves; (v) pilot and demonstration of ecological compensation and sustainable use of ecological services, including the promotion of sustainable financing mechanism through provincial and municipal program, and market-based instruments; the implementation of ecological compensation program in a pilot community; agroforestry, such as forest-crop intercropping; and eco-tourism; and (vi) capacity development for wetland ecosystem protection, including research; ecological monitoring; meteorological and hydrological observation; animal rescue; technical assistance on nature reserve management planning; and training on procurement and contract management, project management, and financial management. The proposed activities will have the benefit of mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration, and the project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) will quantify this benefit.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide lending support for the proposed Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project. By drawing lessons from previous ADB-financed projects in reviving lakes and wetlands, the proposed project will pay particular attention to wetland restoration and ecosystem protection in a rapid developing region, ecological compensation for ecologically friendly farming practices, and control of invasive species. The project will finance part of the above two master plans for protecting the nature reserves, and introduce an integrated approach to address the current constraints in the wetland ecosystem protection. It will focus on (i) wetland restoration, rehabilitation, and protection; (ii) control of invasive species; (iii) ecological compensation; and (iv) management planning for nature reserves. The project is expected to play a demonstrative role for the restoration of other similar wetlands in the PRC. The project is consistent with the country partnership strategy, 2008-2010 for the PRC which aims to support environmental sustainability and inclusive growth.
Impact Improved ecosystem health and services in the coastal wetlands in Yancheng
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Coastal ecosystems of the Yancheng Wetlands conserved with reduced rural poverty and greater environmental sustainability
Progress Toward Outcome Ongoing
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Wetland Restoration and Biodiversity Conservation in YRBNNR and DMNNR

2. Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Livelihoods

3. Ecological Monitoring and Evaluation

4. Environmental Governance and Knowledge Dissemination

5. Project Management and Monitoring

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

Component 1: Wetlands Protection at YRBNNR. The progress of the component is about 28.3%. Wetland restoration works started in July 2014 and have progressed about 10%. Wetland management and protection facilities are being constructed. Sanitation and community co-development facilities are being constructed.

Component 2: Wetlands Protection at DMNNR. The progress of the component is about 48.1%. Food supply and resting ground improvement have been completed 40% using government funds. Fences were completed. Tick control equipment was procured using government funds. 80% of research, monitoring and rescue facilities were completed. Construction of public education facilities is yet to be started.

Component 3: Coastal Forest Improvement at YFF. The component progress is about 9.5%. About 7.9 km out of 49.0 km fire control roads were constructed. Preparation works for nursery seedling were carried out. Other component activities are yet to start.

Component 4: Costal Forest Improvement at DFF. The component progress is about 9.1%. The final engineering design has been completed and is yet to be approved by the provincial authority. Two contracts under domestic financing for wetlands restoration engineering design and supervision were awarded. Construction is yet to start.

Component 5: Project Management and Capacity Development. The progress of the component is about 64.7%. The PMO and the PIAs' project management offices have been well established and staffed. All consultants under the loan were recruited. Training is being implemented. Terms of reference for activities financed under the GEF grant were developed. Consulting services will be recruited soon and implementation is expected to start in early 2015.

Geographical Location tbd
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects No major issues.
Involuntary Resettlement No major issues.
Indigenous Peoples No major issues.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The main initial stakeholders are ADB, the Jiangsu provincial government; the governments of the Yancheng and project districts/cities/counties; and the population in the project areas, including farmers and fishermen. The PPTA is currently undertaking stakeholder consultations to identify opportunities for effective stakeholder participation. Their needs and perceived benefits are being identified and assessed through stakeholder meetings at various levels. The ensuing project will provide opportunities for participation in the ecological compensation program, eco-tourism, and alternative livelihoods programs. The level of participation envisaged for project design include information sharing, consultation, and collaborative decision making.

The project may be classified as biodiversity conservation in nature, for which consultation process will primarily include needs assessment of the beneficiaries to be fed into the project design during PPTA. An overall C&P plan will be prepared; and C&P will form part of the design of the various outputs, and part of the monitoring and evaluation of the project's environmental and social impacts.

During Project Implementation tbd
Responsible ADB Officer Zhiming Niu
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Jiangsu Provincial GovernmentSI.ZHIZHONG@126.COMJiangsu Provincial Government Project
Management Office,
Nanjing, Jiangsu, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Aug 2011
Fact Finding 31 Jul 2011 to 09 Aug 2011
MRM 20 Oct 2011
Approval 16 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Mar 2015

Grant 0311-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Sep 2012 31 Oct 2013 18 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.25 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 18 Sep 2012 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.25 18 Sep 2012 0.00 0.14 6%

Loan 2838-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2011 22 Mar 2012 23 Aug 2012 31 Dec 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 79.23 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 36.90 16 Dec 2011 19.31 0.00 52%
Counterpart 42.33 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 16 Dec 2011 6.66 0.00 18%
Title Document Type Document Date
Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Mar 2015
Loan Agreement for Jiangsu Yancheng Wetland Protection Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Mar 2012
Project Agreement for Jiangsu Yancheng Wetland Protection Project Project/Program Agreement Mar 2012
Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2011
Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Nov 2011
Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Nov 2011
Jiangsu Yancheng Wetlands Protection Project Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2011

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