The TA implementation has experienced about 2 months of delay. The TA consultant, AECOM Asia Company Ltd (AECOM), was mobilized on 31 March 2014 with the fielding of the team leader and deputy team leader. Other experts commenced in the following week.
ADB fielded an inception review mission during 8 11 April 2014; and clarified that the study will cover the Xiang River watershed within Hunan Province in the analysis and best practices identification, but will have specific recommendations for eco-compensation within the more limited area of the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan city cluster. The draft inception report was submitted to ADB on 1 May 2014, and a revised inception report was provided on 15 May 2014. A translated inception report was provided to RES on 16 May 2014. Comments on the inception report from both ADB and RES were incorporated, and the final inception report was submitted on 16 June 2014.
The draft interim report was submitted to ADB and RES on 28 September 2014, ADB provided comments on 6 October 2014, and interim review mission and interim workshop were fielded during 14-16 October 2014.
The draft final report was submitted to ADB on 19 June 2015 and ADB provided comments on 23 July 2015. The report was translated and submitted to RES on 1 July 2015. RES provided their comments on the draft final report to the TA consultant on 15 August 2015. The final review mission was fielded during 10-11 August 2015. The final workshop on eco-compensation was conducted on 10 August 2015 and attended by a total 47 officials from RES and its municipal offices in Changsha, Zhuzhou, and Xiangtan municipalities; and county offices; provincial departments of agriculture, development and planning, environmental protection, finance, forest, housing and construction, land and resources administration, and water resources; World Wide Fund for Nature Changsha Office. During the workshop, RES confirmed their request for the inclusion of some specific investment interventions, in addition to policy recommendations, in the action plans to be produced under the TA. This was in line with the feedback from workshop participants requesting clearer recommendations for the policy framework. This concurs with the objective and outputs of the TA.
The consultant teams of this TA and the proposed Hunan Dongjiang Lake Integrated Environmental Protection and Management Project have established working relationship to explore opportunities for cooperation and linkage between the TA and the lending project. The mission urged both consultant teams to share information and regularly exchange ideas relating to eco-compensation interventions.