China, People's Republic of: Weihe River Watershed Management in Shaanxi

Sovereign Project | 47060-001

Summary

During the Asian Development Bank (ADB) country programming mission in Manila in December 2012, the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) requested ADB to provide policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) to help the Shaanxi Provincial Government (SPG) in watershed management in the Weihe River. This TA was then included in ADB's country operations business plan, 2013 2015 for the PRC.

Latest Project Documents

Title Document Date
Weihe River Watershed Management in Shaanxi Sep 2013

Consulting Notices

See also: CMS

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Notices

See also: Operational Procurement

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Documents

No documents of this type are currently available for this project.


Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Project Name Weihe River Watershed Management in Shaanxi
Project Number 47060-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8454-PRC: Weihe River Watershed Management in Shaanxi
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 350,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description During the Asian Development Bank (ADB) country programming mission in Manila in December 2012, the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) requested ADB to provide policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) to help the Shaanxi Provincial Government (SPG) in watershed management in the Weihe River. This TA was then included in ADB's country operations business plan, 2013 2015 for the PRC.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

With the fast economic development in Weihe River watershed in recent years, many problems have arisen. These include increasing water resources scarcity, water pollution, and ecological deterioration caused by sedimentation in the Sanmenxia reservoir region downstream of Weihe River. These problems have seriously constrained the socioeconomic development in the lower reaches of Weihe River.

The flow in Weihe River is currently highly regulated. A total of 26 dams and reservoirs (4 large ones and remaining medium-sized) regulate the water flow within the river and also contribute to hydropower production. The province is nonetheless facing a water resource scarcity primarily due to competing demands on the available water resources in Weihe River. Shaanxi Province has implemented various measures in an effort to meet the water resources demands and requirements of the various stakeholders. However, the lack of a coordinated mechanism to address the competing demands on water resources has resulted in a situation of conflict between different administrative units along Weihe River in Shaanxi Province.

Shaanxi Provincial Government has therefore requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide technical assistance (TA) to (i) review the range of key water management issues affecting Weihe River, and prepare strategic plan management recommendations; and (ii) provide recommendations for improved organizational arrangements for watershed management in the Weihe River basin.

Impact Sustainable management of water resources in the Weihe River basin in Shaanxi province achieved.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved strategic planning and organizational arrangements for management of Weihe River watershed
Progress Toward Outcome --
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. A strategic framework and management recommendations for watershed and water resources management in the Weihe River basin in Shaanxi Province.

2. An improved organizational set-up for management of the Weihe River watershed

3. Enhanced communication and awareness on river basin water management issues

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

A special administration mission took place last 21-22 Aug to (i) review progress and follow up acitons from the inception mission; and (ii) discuss project implementation issues and identify measures with EA and PMO to resolve these issues.

Issues resolved: (i) Consultant Team Leader already on board on 2 Feb 2015; (ii) Midterm workshop will be between 20-30th June, and the final workshop will be between 20-30th August.

The inception workshop was organized in May 2014 in Xi'an. The consultants presented the inception report at the inception workshop, which was chaired by the acting Chief of the Weihe River Management Bureau. Activities completed since the inception mission include a study tour to the Hai River Watershed Management Bureau and also field surveys and consultations within the Weihe River watershed. Relevant reports have been prepared. During the inception mission it was confirmed that there will be no changes in the intended outputs of the TA.

Issues: The resignation of the consultant team leader in August 2014 has somewhat resulted in a delay in TA implementation. A new team leader is currently being recruited.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The center for River Engineering Technical Research, the Weihe River Watershed Management Bureau, the Shaanxi Provincial Water Resources Department, the Provincial Finance Bureau, relevant academic institutes, the Global Water Partnership Shaanxi branch, and other key stakeholders participated in consultation meetings and provided input to the project design. An MOU outlining the project concept was discussed and signed with the Shaanxi Provincial Government during the reconnaissance mission in 2013.
During Project Implementation During TA implementation, consultations with key stakeholders took many forms. Joint missions were organized by the PMO and TA consultant team visiting key stakeholders throughout the Weihe river watershed. The various key stakeholders in the Province (The Provincial Finance Bureau, The Weihe River Watershed Management Bureau, The provincial environmental agencies, representatives from the county governments, academics, civil society organizations (e.g. the global water partnership) and other research institutes also provided feedback and input during the inception workshop.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require 3 person-months of international and 23 person-months of national consulting services. Four national consultants (river basin water resources management specialist and team leader; legal specialist; institutional and organizational reform specialist; and public administration and policy specialist) and one international river basin water resources management specialist will be required for TA implementation. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) using the individual selection method.
Responsible ADB Officer Yoshiaki Kobayashi
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Weihe River Management Bureau13, 2nd Fengcheng Rd., Economic and
Technological Development Zone of
Xi'an, Shaanxi, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Jun 2013
Fact Finding 16 Apr 2013 to 18 Apr 2013
MRM -
Approval 23 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2015

TA 8454-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Sep 2013 17 Oct 2013 17 Oct 2013 30 Jun 2015 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
350,000.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 430,000.00 23 Sep 2013 156,951.75
Title Document Type Document Date
Weihe River Watershed Management in Shaanxi Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2013

Safeguard Documents

See also: Safeguards

No documents found.

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation

No documents found.


The Public Communications Policy (PCP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.