China, People's Republic of: Strategy for Drought Management

Sovereign Project | 42025-012

Summary

The proposed TA will support the Government in establishing the national drought management strategy and is in line with the priorities of ADB's water policy in promoting a national focus on water sector reform and fostering integrated management of water resources. It is also in line with the PRC Country Partnership Strategy (2008 2010) in promoting resource efficiency and environmental sustainability and in improving natural resources and ecosystem management, and supports the Government's objectives in the water

sector.

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Project Name Strategy for Drought Management
Project Number 42025-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7261-PRC: Strategy for Drought Management
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed TA will support the Government in establishing the national drought management strategy and is in line with the priorities of ADB's water policy in promoting a national focus on water sector reform and fostering integrated management of water resources. It is also in line with the PRC Country Partnership Strategy (2008 2010) in promoting resource efficiency and environmental sustainability and in improving natural resources and ecosystem management, and supports the Government's objectives in the water

sector.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Although the PRC has made remarkable achievements in coping with droughts using structural measures such as the construction of water conservation structures and irrigation

systems, this approach could produce negative impacts on water cycles, ecosystems, and the environment. Generally, as drought impacts have become more severe, the traditional approach of using structural measures is no longer practical nor economically feasible. Structural measures cannot meet all requirements for drought management, and nonstructural

measures such as drought monitoring, forecasting and warning, drought insurance, and water saving technologies have yet to be well developed.

The PRC has yet to initiate systematic and comprehensive drought management studies. Such studies in the United States have found that droughts cannot be avoided, but their impacts can be alleviated through good management. As a result, the United States is shifting from crisis management to risk management to minimize drought impacts by establishing drought preparedness plans, policies and regulations for mitigation, and advance forecasting. International lessons learned and experiences will be useful for creating a long-term national drought management strategy in the PRC.

ADB has been increasingly involved in water resources management in the PRC, such as the Yellow River Flood Management Sector Project, the Hunan Flood Management Sector

Project, the Flood Management Strategy Study, and in Implementing the National Flood Management Strategy.

Impact The impact of the TA is improved and sustainable drought management in the People's Republic of China .
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An integrated drought management strategy adopted throughout the PRC
Progress Toward Outcome At the final tripartite meeting on 22 March 2011, the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR, the executing agency) committed to report TA's recommendations to high-level officials of Departments of Planning and Water Resources of the MWR and the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Head quarters, so that the TA's recommendations will be reflected into MWR's strategies.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. A national drought management strategy framework

2. An action plan to implement an integrated drought management approach

3. A handbook for the effective drought management framework and action plan for decision makers and

local government officials

4. A policy brief of study findings for wider dissemination and policy dialogue with high level decision makers

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

The national drought management strategy framework and action plan were formulated under the TA. At the final tripartite meeting on 22 March 2011, the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR, the executing agency) committed to report TA's recommendations to high-level officials of Departments of Planning and Water Resources of the MWR and the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Head quarters, so that the TA's recommendations will be reflected into MWR's strategies.

A Chinese version handbook including TA findings and policy brief will be published and a workshop for dissemination of TA findings will be held in September 2011.

Geographical Location People's Republic of China
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The agencies consulted include MOF, MWR, and the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. Stakeholder consultations will be undertaken during workshops at central and provincial levels during TA implementation. Stakeholders will be also involved in every stage of the proposed pilot tests including planning, design, implementation, and monitoring.
During Project Implementation MWR executed the TA in close consultation with the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. Stakeholder consultations were undertaken during workshops at central and provincial levels during TA implementation. Stakeholders were also involved in every stage of the theoretical pilot studies.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will be carried out by a team of consultants engaged through a firm. A total of 11 person-months of international consulting services and 24 person-months of national consulting services will be required. The consultants will be selected and engaged by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). The consulting firm will be selected by (i) inviting

simplified technical proposals; and (ii) using the quality- and cost-based selection method, with a quality-cost weighting ratio of 80:20. The consultants will be responsible for ensuring and coordinating stakeholder participation and for developing a sense of ownership of and commitment to the TA.

1. International Consultants

a. Drought Management Specialist and Team Leader

b. Drought Risk Management Specialist

2. National Consultants

a. Drought Management Specialist and Deputy Team Leader

b. Drought Risk Management Specialist

c. Environment Specialist

d. Legal Specialist

e. Institutional Specialist

f. Social Development Specialist

Procurement

The office equipment provided under the TA for the consultants will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as

amended from time to time) and will be handed over to the Executing Agency upon TA completion.

Responsible ADB Officer Yoshiaki Kobayashi
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water ResourcesMr. Li Ge, Director, Dept. of Int'l Coop., MWR2 Lane 2, Baijuang Road Beijing 100053 People's Republic of China
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Sep 2008
Fact Finding 14 Jul 2008 to 16 Jul 2008
MRM -
Approval 26 Mar 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 28 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 21 Dec 2011

TA 7261-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Mar 2009 21 Apr 2009 21 Apr 2009 30 Jun 2010 31 Oct 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 190,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 590,000.00 26 Mar 2009 622,780.30
Title Document Type Document Date
Strategy for Drought Management TA Completion Reports Jan 2012
Strategy for Drought Management: Final Report Consultants' Reports Mar 2011
Strategy for Drought Management Technical Assistance Reports Mar 2009

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