China, People's Republic of: Sustainable Provincial Development Strategy for Guangdong Province Focused on Environmental Improvement in Rural Areas and Small Cities

Sovereign Project | 45513-001

Summary

The proposed TA will focus on improving the ecological environment in Guangdong's rural areas and small cities. Geographically, it will cover the Pearl River Delta, the province's northern region, and its eastern and western counties. Thematically, it will discuss issues related to energy efficiency improvement, water and air pollution reduction, agricultural non-point source pollution control, human and animal farmer household waste management, rural ecological environment protection, and rural infrastructure improvement.

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Project Name Sustainable Provincial Development Strategy for Guangdong Province Focused on Environmental Improvement in Rural Areas and Small Cities
Project Number 45513-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7933-PRC: Sustainable Provincial Development Strategy for Guangdong Province Focused on Environmental Improvement in Rural Areas and Small Cities
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed TA will focus on improving the ecological environment in Guangdong's rural areas and small cities. Geographically, it will cover the Pearl River Delta, the province's northern region, and its eastern and western counties. Thematically, it will discuss issues related to energy efficiency improvement, water and air pollution reduction, agricultural non-point source pollution control, human and animal farmer household waste management, rural ecological environment protection, and rural infrastructure improvement. Structurally, the TA's final report will have at least five chapters, (i) the general situation and development trends of ecological environment in rural areas and small cities; (ii) common and special issues existing in the various sub-regions and their underlying causes; (iii) international good practices in dealing with such challenges and lessons learned; (iv) policy recommendations to address the environmental issues in rural areas and small cities; and (v) project concept profiles for potential high-priority projects that could strengthen the effectiveness of the policy recommendations.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The strategic goal of ADB's current Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2008-2010 is to help the PRC build a Xiao Kang society by supporting measures aimed at environmentally sustainable development and inclusive growth. ADB's new CPS 2011-2015 (under preparation) will be closely aligned with the PRC's 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP), which is hailed by many observers as the "greenest FYP in the nation's history" due to its focus on natural resource management and environmental protection issues.

This TA is the seventh in a series of provincial strategy development support provided by ADB since 2003. The previous TAs helped to develop provincial development strategies for ten provinces/autonomous regions/municipalities, and their contributions to the nation's balanced development strategy were highly appreciated by the Government.

Improved environmental and natural resource management is one of the major pillars for achieving the overall goal of poverty reduction for ADB assistance in the PRC. This TA is the first to focus on ecological protection and environment safeguards in rural areas and small cities. Based on lessons learned from the previous TAs, this TA will reformat the final report as a government policy document to promote policy recommendations under the TA and will include key project profiles for possible Guangdong and ADB partnership.

Guangdong is relatively wealthy in terms of per capita GDP in the PRC, but less so in terms of environmental sustainability. Policy reforms that aim to address environmental issues in Guangdong will play a demonstration role for other provinces in the PRC, and further provide valuable lessons and experiences in dealing with similar issues in other developing member countries.

Impact Improved environment in the rural areas and small cities of Guangdong.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened policy framework for environmental protection and environment safeguards in Guangdong's rural areas and small cities.
Progress Toward Outcome It will be updated as soon as the project is completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Comprehensive report on improving the environment in rural areas and small cities in Guangdong completed

Policy notes based on the findings and conclusions of the main report

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

The TA completed its inception workshop on 28-31 May 2012. The consultants submitted the inception report. Based on the findings during field consultations and home studies, the consultants submitted the draft midterm reprots. The government commented on the draft midterm reprots. The consultants are refining the reports. The EA thinks some of the reprots need to be much strengthened and requested ADB to pay the consultants with close consultation with the EA.

The midterm review workshop was held on 24 October 2012 and the midterm report was submitted to the EA and ADB. Workshops and seminars were organized frequently between the consultant team and the EA to discuss project implementation issues and report compiling.

The final review workshop was organized on 15 August 2013, and a cross-agency coordination workshop was undertaken on 15 September 2013 to access the feasibility of the proposed policy recommendations and project profiles.

The remaining work under the TA includes (i) further revising the TA reports according to the comments provided; (ii) organizing a book launch for the TA reports to disseminate the TA outputs; (iii) conducting special presentations targeting senior government officials in Guangdong and MoF; and (iv) refining the English translation of the TA reports.

The TA completion date was extended to 31 December 2013.

The TA was physically completed on 31 December 2013 and the TA account was closed in March 2014.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA concept was formulated in close consultation with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and other government agencies concerned and key government think tanks in Guangdong, including Guangdong Provincial Finance Department, the Policy Research Office under the Guangdong Communist Party Commission, Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Guangdong Provincial Environment Protection Department, Guangdong Provincial Construction Department, Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Small and Middle Size Enterprises, and local government agencies in Shaoguan City, Guangdong province.
During Project Implementation The TA's incepetion workshop was conducted from 28-31 May 2012. Representives from the provinicial government agencies participated in the workshop, commented on the draft inception report, and updated the consultants with the provincial government's development priorities. Follwoing the inception workshop, the consultants visited several villages and townships in Zhaoqing city, Foshan city, and Shaoguan city. Officials from the government agencies concerned met and discussed with the consultants and shared their thoughts and some documents with the consultants. Except for the group visit, the consultants also mad plans for individual consultantions with local governments.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require 32.5 person-months of consulting services, including 1.5 person-months for an international consultant and 31 person-months for five national consultants. The international consultant will be a rural environment specialist. The national consultants will comprise (i) a public policy management specialist, (ii) an environment specialist, (iii) an agricultural economist, (iv) a rural development specialist, and (v) an industrial economist. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The EA requests the consultants be hired on individual basis to shorten the time period of recruitment.
Procurement Specific package for equipment procurement is subject to ADB prior approval. Upon completion of the TA project, the equipment will be transferred to the EA. The equipment will be procured using shopping method.
Responsible ADB Officer Long Yun Peng
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Guangdong Finance Bureau (GFB)Department of Finance of Guangdong
Province, Floor 11, No. 26 Cangbian Road
Guangzhou, PRC 510030
Timetable
Concept Clearance 01 Sep 2011
Fact Finding 26 Sep 2011 to 29 Sep 2011
MRM -
Approval 24 Nov 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Mar 2014

TA 7933-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Nov 2011 22 Dec 2011 22 Dec 2011 30 Sep 2013 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 24 Nov 2011 319,610.27

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