China, People's Republic of: Eco-Compensation Mechanism and Policy Framework Study for the Xiangjiang River Watershed of the Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster

Sovereign Project | 47044-001

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The proposed policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) was requested from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) during the 2012 country programming review mission by the Governemnt of the People's Republic of China (PRC) through the Hunan Provincial Chang- Zhu- Tan (CZT) Resource-Conserving and Environment-Friendly Society Office Office (RES) of the Hunan provincial government. The environmental status and threats to water quality and abundance in the Xiangjiang river watershed will be analyzed to help develop a specific eco-compensation mechanism and policy. Economic analyses will help prioritize recommendations concerning environmentally sustainable natural resource and land use necessary for the implementation of an eco-compensation scheme. A TA reconnaissance mission was conducted on 15-18 March 2013.

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Project Name Eco-Compensation Mechanism and Policy Framework Study for the Xiangjiang River Watershed of the Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster
Project Number 47044-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8421-PRC: Eco-Compensation Mechanism and Policy Framework Study for the Xiangjiang River Watershed of the Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management - Water-based natural resources management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The proposed policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) was requested from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) during the 2012 country programming review mission by the Governemnt of the People's Republic of China (PRC) through the Hunan Provincial Chang- Zhu- Tan (CZT) Resource-Conserving and Environment-Friendly Society Office Office (RES) of the Hunan provincial government. The environmental status and threats to water quality and abundance in the Xiangjiang river watershed will be analyzed to help develop a specific eco-compensation mechanism and policy. Economic analyses will help prioritize recommendations concerning environmentally sustainable natural resource and land use necessary for the implementation of an eco-compensation scheme. A TA reconnaissance mission was conducted on 15-18 March 2013.

The TA supports the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011- 2015) of the PRC which emphasizes the importance of environmentally sustainable growth, and the Hunan provincial development and national strategies up to 2050 that included targets for low carbon sustainable growth and protected areas. The TA also supports the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to which the PRC is a signatory. The TA is aligned with the Asian Development Bank''s (ADB) country partnership strategy (2011- 2015) for the PRC, supporting the government sector objective for natural resources and agriculture. The TA will address important objectives of the ADB's Water Operational Plan (WOP) 2011- 2020, including policy reform (WOP, para. 3.12) and watershed development (WOP, para. 3.25). The Water Financing Partnership Facility (WFPF) funds will directly contribute to three target outcomes of the Water Financing Program: 500 million people provided access to safe water supply and improved sanitation, integrated water resources management introduced in 30 river basins, and improved water governance though national water reforms and capacity development. ADB Loan 2962-PRC, approved on 7 December 2012, focuses on an inland waterway transport project on this river; and this activity will complement the loan by helping maintain local hydrological cycles. The TA was included in ADB's country operations business plan (2013- 2015) for nonlending products and services for the PRC in 2013.

The impact of the TA will be the improved environmental quality in the Xiangjiang river watershed of CZT city cluster. The outcome will be a strengthened eco-compensation mechanism and policy framework to improve water quality and abundance in the Xiangjiang river watershed. The TA will have three outputs: (i) completed analyses of environmental threats to water quality and abundance, including their interrelationship with natural resource and land use in the Xiangjiang river watershed, (ii) recommendations for the design and implementation of an eco-compensation mechanism and policy framework, and (iii) strengthened government capacity in the environmentally sustainable use of natural resources and land to improve water quality and abundance.

The TA is estimated to cost $725,000, of which (i) $400,000 will be financed on a grant basis by ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-other sources); and (ii) $225,000 will be financed on a grant basis by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund under the WFPF administered by ADB. The government will provide the counterpart cost and services.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Hunan provincial government (HPG) seeks to address constraints to environmentally sustainable growth through a mix of well developed strategies and policies, including pollution controls, appropriate land use, natural resource conservation, and financial incentives. A well-developed eco-compensation mechanism can help in supporting the HPG's efforts through the provision of financial incentives. This policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) will address gaps in the regulatory and policy framework for an eco-compensation mechansim for the Xiangjiang river watershed in Chang-Zhu-Tan (CZT) through analyses of ecological characteristics, threats, and/or mitigation; cost- benefit analysis, and other economic analyses; and specific eco-compensation requirements. The TA will build on recommendations and lessons from previous international experiences and ADB studies, such as using eco-compensation to support integrated river basin management--a subset of integrated water resources management. The outcomes will be used primarily as decision-making support for the HPG in the construction of a resource-saving and environment-friendly society in the CZT experimental zone.
Impact Improved environmental quality in the Xiangjiang River watershed of Hunan Chang-Zhu-Tan city cluster
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A strengthened eco-compensation mechanism and policy framework to improve water quality and abundance in the Xiangjiang River watershed
Progress Toward Outcome Implementation is ongoing. A draft policy brief is due in December 2014 that will serve as the basis for the eco-compensation policy framework. Survey information required to design the eco-compensation mechanism are in process.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Completed analyses of environmental threats to water quality and abundance, including their interrelationship with natural resource and land use in the Xiangjiang River watershed

2. Recommendations for the design and implementation of an eco-compensation mechanism and policy framework

3. Strengthened government capacity in the environmentally sustainable use of natural resources and land to improve water quality and abundance

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The inception workshop was held in April 2014. The project was modified to add three national staff based on additional identified needs per the request of the local government. All consultants have been hired. Data have been acquired and analyses are ongoing, an eco-compensation survey has been designed and is in process of implementation. A midterm review and workshop will be held in October 2014. Per the request of the consulting firm, a modification will be processed to extend the end date due to difficulties encountered in acquiring some of the required data.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Held meeting with stakeholders during project design and did site visits.
During Project Implementation Inception workshop was held in April 2014. Awareness building will be part of a workshop to be held during midterm review. A survey is being conducted to provide preliminary inputs on stakeholder views, attitudes, and concerns.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will be implemented over 16 months and carried out by a team of consultants to be engaged through a firm, which will provide 10 person-months of international and 42 person-months of national consulting services. TA implementation will require (i) four international specialists (team leader and integrated watershed management specialist, environmental economics and eco-compensation specialist, hydrology specialist, and water pollution specialist), and (ii) eight national specialists (deputy team leader and environmental policy and/or institutional specialist, integrated watershed management specialist, eco-compensation specialist, environmental economics specialist, hydrology specialist, climate change specialist, water pollution specialist, and geographic information system specialist). ADB will engage the consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The consulting firm will be selected using simplified technical proposals and quality- and cost-based selection, with a quality- cost weighting ratio of 90:10 given the high technical complexity.
Procurement Disbursments under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursment Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Markus Vorpahl
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Hunan Provincial Government418 North Shaoshan Road
Shangsha City, Hunan Province
People's Republic of China
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Apr 2013
Fact Finding 15 Mar 2013 to 18 Mar 2013
MRM -
Approval 05 Aug 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Mar 2015

TA 8421-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Aug 2013 02 Sep 2013 02 Sep 2013 31 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2016 -
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 05 Aug 2013 306,816.80

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