China, People's Republic of: Hubei Huanggang Urban Environment Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 46050-001

Summary

The proposed project aims to promote environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive urbanization in Huanggang Municipality in Hubei Province, the People's Republic of China (PRC) through improvements in urban environmental infrastructure and management. The project will support urban lake and river enhancement, solid waste management, and related urban environmental facilities and services.

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Project Name Hubei Huanggang Urban Environment Improvement Project
Project Number 46050-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8151-PRC: Hubei Huanggang Integrated Urban Environment Improvement Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management

Transport - Urban public transport

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban solid waste management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The proposed project aims to promote environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive urbanization in Huanggang Municipality in Hubei Province, the People's Republic of China (PRC) through improvements in urban environmental infrastructure and management. The project will support urban lake and river enhancement, solid waste management, and related urban environmental facilities and services.

Huanggang is located in eastern Hubei Province, 78 kilometers (km) away from the provincial capital Wuhan. Huanggang is the second most populated municipality in Hubei Province with 7.46 million residents. Building on traditionally rural-based economy, Huanggang is one of the poorest municipality in the province and has relatively low urbanization rate of 35.7%. Huanggang Municipal Government (HMG), in its Twelfth Five-Year Plan (12th FYP), targets to transform its economic structure and facilitate urbanization with expanded secondary and tertiary industries. Huanggang is well positioned to take advantage of national and regional development plans. Benefiting from close proximity to Wuhan, good connectivity with neighboring cities and provinces, and rich historic, cultural and human resources, Huanggang has potential to play a strategic role in facilitating socioeconomic development in the central region of the PRC envisaged under the Central Region Development Plan and in establishing a megacity cluster around Wuhan for balanced regional development in the province.

The development potential of Huanggang has been constrained by various urban development challenges. The existing central urban area is dense and cannot accommodate growing urban population and increasing economic activities. Limited urban space and inadequate urban infrastructure has slowed down economic development, which has in turn slowed down urbanization process, resulting in Huanggang lagging behind other cities and sidelined from mainstream developments in the province. The Huanggang City Master Plan (2012-2030) recognized such fundamental constraint to urban and economic development, and initiated eastward urban expansion by developing a new urban district, with adequate urban space, infrastructure and services, and environment-friendly and socially inclusive urban design to support sustainable rural-urban transition.

Located in river flood plain on the north bank of the Yangtze River, Huanggang is rich in lakes and rivers. HMG, realizing the importance of water environment to the city's sustainable development, has made increasing investments in pollution source control and environment improvement. However, such efforts have been limited to the existing urban area, leaving lakes and rivers of the surrounding area unattended. The Baitan and Chiye lakes are in the center of the newly developed urban district where the government's interventions have not reached. The long neglected lakes and associated nine rivers have been ecologically and environmentally degraded. Surface water is polluted with organic matters and nutrients and is currently measured at class V or worse. The lakes and rivers are silted and blocked with polluted sediments, further degrading their water environment and ecology, weakening resilience to floods and droughts, and subsequently affecting public health and safety. The current environmental conditions of the Baitan and Chiye lakes and associated rivers limit Huanggang's ability to promote sustainable development.

To address key urban development challenges in Huanggang, the project will strategically support (i) enhancement works in Baitan and Chiye lakes and associated rivers, to improve water quality, enhance flood protection, unblock the channels connecting the lakes and reestablish natural hydraulic circulation, thereby improving the retention capacity of water bodies and their resilience to climate change impacts, and restore the ecological functions of the lakes and their habitats; (ii) building of key urban infrastructure for the solid waste management system around the lakes including public awareness campaigns on solid waste sorting, reuse, recycling and safe disposal; and (iii) strengthening institutional capacity for sustainable urban development and urban management services. The creation of healthy water environment and provision of key urban infrastructure and institutional support will enhance liveability of Huanggang and allow urban expansion to support the city's sustainable development. It will also enable Huanggang to optimize its development potential and contribute to the city's inclusive growth, with improved investment environment and associated employment opportunities.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project aligns with ADB's 2011-2015 country partnership strategy for the PRC, promoting sustainable and environment-friendly urban development. It will support economically and socially inclusive urbanization and rural-urban transition in Huanggang and contribute to balanced regional development in the PRC as well as in Hubei Province, thereby supporting the PRC's 12th FYP. The project will build on ADB's experiences and lessons gained from previous urban projects in Hubei, and various policy-oriented technical assistance projects and knowledge products on water resources management, wetlands, climate change adaptation, and small- and medium-sized cities' development in the PRC.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Huanggang, Hubei Province, PRC
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project will involve extensive consultations with project stakeholders, including Huangshi Municipal Government, Huanggang Urban Construction Investment Company Limited, the project management office, other municipal and provincial government agencies, private companies, design institutes, and project affected people and beneficiaries, by way of surveys, stakeholder workshops, focus group discussions, informant interviews, and other public consultations.
During Project Implementation The project preparatory technical assistance will conduct poverty and social analysis and address social safeguards. Socioeconomic survey, stakeholder workshops, focus group discussions and informant interviews will be conducted during project preparatory technical assistance implementation. This will be complemented by survey and consultations under the resettlement and environment safeguards.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The project preparatory technical assistance will be implemented in two phases. In Phase 1, a team of individual consultants (2 international and 4.5 national) will be engaged, including urban planners and social development expert. In Phase 2, a firm with a total of 46 person-months of consulting inputs (14.5 international and 31.5 national) will be engaged, including experts for urban environment, wetland, solid waste, urban transport, environment, resettlement, social development, economist, financial analyst, and institutional development. Consulting services will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Hinako Maruyama
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Huanggang Municipal GovernmentMr. Xinjia Zhang, Deputy Secretary Generalzhang.xinjia@163.com8 Qiyi Road Hubei Province 438000 People's Republic of China
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 04 Sep 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Mar 2014

TA 8151-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Sep 2012 26 Sep 2012 26 Sep 2012 31 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 04 Sep 2012 706,625.05

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