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

Sovereign Project | 47060-001 Status: Active

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.

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Project Name Weihe River Watershed Management in Shaanxi
Project Number 47060-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
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 comprehensive interim report has been prepared by the consultant team and an interim review mission is scheduled for April 2016.
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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Alvin Lopez
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Weihe River Management Bureau
13, 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 -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

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 Oct 2016 -
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 167,248.37
Title Document Type Document Date
Weihe River Watershed Management in Shaanxi Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2013

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