44020-012: Gansu Urban Infrastructure Development and Wetland Protection Project | Asian Development Bank

China, People's Republic of: Gansu Urban Infrastructure Development and Wetland Protection Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 44020-012 Status: Closed

The project (i) aims to improve living conditions and contribute to economic growth in Dingxi and Zhangye cities in the People's Republic of China's (PRC's) Gansu Province and (ii) supports the government's efforts to promote integrated urban infrastructure development and environmental protection.

Project Details

Project Officer
Mamatkulov, Raushanbek East Asia Department Request for information
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Technical Assistance
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Gansu Urban Infrastructure Development and Wetland Protection Project
Project Number 44020-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7609-PRC: Gansu Urban Infrastructure Development and Wetland Protection Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Water-based natural resources management

Transport / Urban roads and traffic management

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project (i) aims to improve living conditions and contribute to economic growth in Dingxi and Zhangye cities in the People's Republic of China's (PRC's) Gansu Province and (ii) supports the government's efforts to promote integrated urban infrastructure development and environmental protection.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Gansu, located in the northwest PRC, is the second poorest province in terms of gross domestic product per capita in the country. Despite buoyant economic growth in recent years, poor infrastructure and high transportation costs heavily constrained economic opportunities in the long-term. As part of the National Strategy for Development of the West, the government has focused on developing infrastructure (transport, municipal infrastructure, power, communication, and water resources) to stimulate and sustain economic growth in the province. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been actively supporting the government's efforts to stimulate Gansu's economic development. This project, together with other ADB-financed technical assistance and loan projects in the province, fully supports the above strategy.

Known as the eastern gateway because of its close proximity to the provincial capital of Lanzhou, the city of Dingxi has a population of 2.9 million with 21.38% living below the poverty line. The Wei River, one of the Yellow River's biggest tributaries flows through the district and is the major source of its water supply. Unfortunately, the city is surrounded by ravines in the north and highlands in the south which is responsible for its semi-arid topography, harsh winters, and scarce water resources. Lack of investments in infrastructure, particularly road networks has seriously threatened the flourishing of Dingxi's agriculture and natural resource-based industries.

Zhangye City is in the center of the Hexi Corridor which is part of the ancient Silk Road. It has a population of 1.28 million, 20.8% of which lives below the poverty line. The city is home to the 210,000 hectare-Zhangye wetlands which is one of the most critical aquatic ecosystems in the Northwest PRC. Twenty percent of the total wetland area has already vanished due to rapid urbanization combined with excessive water use and pollution. This has undermined the city's capacity to provide adequate water supply, flood control, biological diversity, and natural breeding grounds for rare species of birds and animals listed in the Annex of the China Conservation Law of Wild Animals. Meanwhile, the capacity to absorb increased population and rural migrants has become increasingly difficult due to infrastructure, environmental, and financial constraints. Consequently, sustainable urbanization and environmental protection have become priority goals for the city. Introduction of effective wetland protection technologies alongside urban infrastructure development and efficient urban development management in the city's Binhe district will help improve the urban environment and boost eco-tourism, real estate development, transportation, and other sectors of the city's economy.

Impact Improved urban environment, quality of life, and higher economic growth in Dingxi and Zhangye cities of Gansu Province, PRC
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved and affordable municipal services delivered efficiently and reliably by the local municipal bodies
Progress Toward Outcome To be assessed at completion.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Component 1: Development of Road Infrastructure in Dingxi City

1.1 Constructed 3 new roads, 13 bridges, 7.48 km of storm water and sewerage pipelines

Component 2: Development of Urban Infrastructure and Wetland Protection in Zhangye City

2.1 Wetland is restored and efficiently protected

2.2 Constructed 14 new roads and traffic management services improved

2.3 Water supply plant is constructed and fully operational

2.4 Water supply and sewage pipeline network is operational

Component 3: Project Management and Capacity Development

Project management and urban development capacity of the municipalities is improved in terms of project management, financial management, procurement, and urban development

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The loan negotiations was successfully held on 23-24 August 2012 and the loan was approved by the Board on 26 September 2012.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Major stakeholders include the government (national, provincial, municipal, and district levels); management of the water supply company; project beneficiaries; water supply and wastewater treatment service customers; and project area residents. Stakeholder analysis, including a household survey, will be conducted during PPTA implementation. The consultants are expected to ensure a high level of stakeholder participation throughout the project design using methodologies including but not limited to information sharing, consultation, collaborative decision making, and empowerment.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder analysis, including a household survey, and three stakeholder workshops will be conducted during PPTA implementation. Findings from the household survey will be used as inputs. Public consultation will be carried out by the executing agency, local government officials, design institutes, and other stakeholders during preparation of the feasibility study, poverty and social assessment, environmental impact assessment, and resettlement plan.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

A total of 34 person-months (14 international and 20 national) of consulting services will be required for the TA. The consultants will have expertise in urban development, bridge and road engineering, water supply and sewage network engineering, wetland protection, project finance and economics, financial analysis, poverty and social assessment and development, resettlement, environment, institutional development, and project management.

To help the government prepare the Zhangye City Wetland Protection subcomponent of the project, ADB's Water Financing Partnership Facility (WFPF) has approved the TA for Preliminary Survey and Assessment for Initiating Interventions on Zhangye Wetlands Protection and Rehabilitation in Hei River Basin. The total cost of the TA is $150,000. A total of 12.5 person-months of national consulting services will be required for the TA. The consultants will have expertise in natural resources and wetland management, water resources planning and hydrology, environmental economics, and municipal engineering.

Individual consultants have been recruited for the WFPF-financed TA.

An international consulting firm in association with national consultants (HJI Group Corporation) has been engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The Consultant was selected and engaged on the basis of the quality of the proposal (80%) and the cost (20%) of the services to be provided (the quality- and cost-based selection method) using simplified technical proposal procedures.

The consulting firm will be responsible for procurement of the TA equipment in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (April 2010, as amended from time to time). GPFB will retain the equipment upon TA completion.

Responsible ADB Officer Mamatkulov, Raushanbek
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Gansu Provincial Finance Department
No. 696 Donggang West Rd, Chengguan
District, Lanzhou, Gansu
The People's Republic of China 730000
Concept Clearance 18 Aug 2010
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2010 to 13 Mar 2010
Approval 18 Aug 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Jul 2010
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2012

TA 7609-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Aug 2010 02 Nov 2010 02 Nov 2010 31 Aug 2011 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 18 Aug 2010 524,441.98

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