China, People's Republic of: Jiangxi Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Development Project

Sovereign Project | 42022-013 Status: Active


ADB is helping Jiangxi province in the People's Republic of China to rehabilitate and develop about 50,900 hectares of barren or low-yielding forestland and build up sustainable forestry management practices. The project will also support efforts to provide forest insurance against natural risks and improve livelihoods. A comprehensive system will be set up to monitor forest carbon stock.

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Project Name Jiangxi Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Development Project
Project Number 42022-013
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0229-PRC: Jiangxi Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Development
Climate Change Fund US$ 1.00 million
Loan 2694-PRC: Jiangxi Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Development
Ordinary capital resources US$ 40.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Forestry

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project will involve 23 counties in Jiangxi province. The project comprises four components: (i) sustainable forest plantation development and rehabilitation in about 50,900 hectares (ha) of barren and low-yield forestland, (ii) forest insurance and awareness-raising measures to mitigate natural disaster risks for forest development, (iii) capacity development for sustainable forest management, and (iv) project management support.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The core problem of the forestry sector in Jiangxi province is the fragility of its forest ecosystem, which could not meet the needs of social and economic development. The problems include (i) lack of investment funds; (ii) historical overexploitation of forest resources; (iii) communities' lack of knowledge and skill of forest management; and (iv) lack of institutional experience in sustainable forest management, which are oftentimes compounded by severe natural disasters, such as the recent snow storm in 2008. The proposed project will provide the much needed capital and capacity development support to Jiangxi province to improve the fragility and sustainability of the forest ecosystem, and contribute to environment and livelihood enhancement
Impact Improved sustainable forest management that enhances forest production, environmental benefits, and rural livelihoods in Jiangxi Province

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved forest cover and rural livelihoods in the project area
Progress Toward Outcome --
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Sustainable forest plantation development and rehabilitation

Strengthening of forest insurance for natural risk mitigation

Capacity development for sustainable forest management

Project management support

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) As of 31 Oct. 2016, the project has developed 29,086 ha of timber plantation and 4,782 ha of economic tree crops, and restored 11,271 ha of low-yield and stormed-damaged bamboo forests. A total of 29,086 ha of timber plantation are insured against natural risks. Training workshops have been organized at provincial and county levels on project implementation, financial management, technical guidelines, forest insurance, pest control and fire prevention measures, and disbursement. The overall weighted physical progress was 93%.
Geographical Location Jiangxi Province

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The executing agency prepared a domestic environmental assessment report, which was approved by the Jiangxi provincial environmental protection department on 14 December 2009. An initial environmental examination was prepared in accordance with ADB's Environment Policy (2002) and the Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The initial environmental examination indicates that the project is expected to achieve significant environmental benefits, including (i) annual carbon sequestration equivalent to 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide, (ii) soil erosion reduction by 100,000 tons per year, (iii) annual water conservation of 19 million m3, and (iv) improved habitats and increased biodiversity in the ecosystems of previously bare mountains and slopes. Adverse environmental impacts are limited to minor construction impacts such as the risk of erosion during the preparation of planting sites and minor construction, as well as forest fires. It is expected that these adverse environmental impacts will be prevented or minimized to an acceptable level by implementing the environmental management and monitoring plan.
Involuntary Resettlement The project will trigger neither of ADB's social safeguards for involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples as laid down in the Safeguard Policy Statement. The JPG will ensure that no land acquisition or change of land use will occur. Land for reforestation has already been classified as forestland and distributed to users. The executing agency has provided assurances that all land-lease arrangements with smallholders, directly or by enterprises, will be voluntary and implemented in an equitable and transparent way, so that they will not harm people's livelihoods.
Indigenous Peoples No ethnic minority communities live in the project area.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Community members, farmer associations, farms, and enterprises have be consulted in identifying their needs and views on the project which have been incorporated in the procurement plan and associated technical assistance.
During Project Implementation

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Consulting Services

One international individual consultant and four individual national consultants to be hired to support the demonstration program.

A local institute will be hired directly to conduct survey and establishment of MVRS.

The consulting services will be financed under the Climate Change Fund.


Established commercial practices that are acceptable to the Asian Development Bank for Commercial forest, economic tree crops, and bamboo forest development.

Shopping for Service providers for study tours, training, seminars, and conferences; Demonstration program of sustainable forest management; and Equipment

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Shen, Xin
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Forestry Department, Jiangxi Provincial Government
69 Beijing West Road, Forestry Building
Nanchang, 330046 Jiangxi Province


Concept Clearance 17 Mar 2010
Fact Finding -
MRM 16 Jun 2010
Approval 09 Nov 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Jan 2010
Last PDS Update 13 Mar 2017

Grant 0229-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Nov 2010 16 Mar 2011 04 Jul 2011 31 Oct 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 1.00 09 Nov 2010 0.83 0.00 83%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 09 Nov 2010 0.58 0.00 58%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

Loan 2694-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Nov 2010 03 Mar 2011 15 Jun 2011 31 Oct 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 65.39 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 40.00 09 Nov 2010 30.30 0.00 76%
Counterpart 25.39 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 09 Nov 2010 35.37 0.00 88%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

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