51013-001: Improving Ecological Protection and Poverty Alleviation Outcomes of the Rare-Earth Sector in Jiangxi Province | Asian Development Bank

China, People's Republic of: Improving Ecological Protection and Poverty Alleviation Outcomes of the Rare-Earth Sector in Jiangxi Province

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51013-001 Status: Approved

The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support improved integration of poverty alleviation and ecological protection efforts in Jiangxi Province of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It will explore the influence of the rare-earth mineral sector on poverty alleviation and environmental outcomes in Jiangxi Province, and prepare policy recommendations for improved integration of poverty alleviation and ecological protection efforts in the province, with Ganzhou Prefecture as focal area. The TA is aligned with the following impact: the PRC's supporting system for poverty alleviation improved. The TA will have the following outcome: poverty alleviation and environmental protection policies in Jiangxi Province improved.

Project Details

Project Officer
Boland, David G. East Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • China, People's Republic of
Sector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
 
Project Name Improving Ecological Protection and Poverty Alleviation Outcomes of the Rare-Earth Sector in Jiangxi Province
Project Number 51013-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9480-PRC: Improving Ecological Protection and Poverty Alleviation Outcomes of the Rare-Earth Sector in Jiangxi Province
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support improved integration of poverty alleviation and ecological protection efforts in Jiangxi Province of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It will explore the influence of the rare-earth mineral sector on poverty alleviation and environmental outcomes in Jiangxi Province, and prepare policy recommendations for improved integration of poverty alleviation and ecological protection efforts in the province, with Ganzhou Prefecture as focal area. The TA is aligned with the following impact: the PRC's supporting system for poverty alleviation improved. The TA will have the following outcome: poverty alleviation and environmental protection policies in Jiangxi Province improved.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Rural poverty is widespread in Jiangxi Province, with 25 counties included in the national list of identified poverty-stricken counties, including much of the Luoxiao Mountains' contiguous area. Poverty alleviation is high on the agenda of the Jiangxi Provincial Government, as part of national efforts under the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan (2016-2020). However, efforts have focused heavily on development of resource-intensive industries as engines for increasing economic growth. The mineral sector is a major contributor to Jiangxi Province's economy, with rare-earth extraction and processing the most significant subsector. While development of these natural capital assets has provided opportunities for economic growth, there are increasing problems of water pollution, biodiversity loss, erosion, and deteriorating agricultural productivity. Economic performance has masked the negative impacts of pollution and degradation of natural capital. Such development is unsustainable, limits economic prosperity over the longer term, and is contrary to the PRC''s broader goals of building an ecological civilization.

This TA will explore the influence of the rare-earth mineral sector on poverty alleviation and environmental outcomes in Jiangxi Province, and prepare policy recommendations for improved integration of poverty alleviation and ecological protection efforts in the province, with Ganzhou Prefecture as focal area. The proposed TA will assist the Jiangxi Provincial Government through the Jiangxi Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to deliver inclusive economic growth with improved environmental sustainability in Jiangxi Province, supporting the PRC's ecological civilization objectives.

Impact The People's Republic of China's supporting system for poverty alleviation improved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Poverty alleviation and environmental protection policies in Jiangxi Province improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Socioeconomic influence of rare-earth industries and opportunities to improve poverty alleviation outcomes in Ganzhou, Jiangxi identified

Environmental impacts of rare-earth industries and opportunities to improve environmental performance, remediation, and financing mechanisms in Ganzhou, Jiangxi identified

Rare-earth industrial structure and regulatory mechanisms in Ganzhou, Jiangxi examined

Policy recommendations for improved governance, environmental performance, and poverty alleviation outcomes in Ganzhou, Jiangxi prepared

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide, Ganzhou, Ganzhou, Ganzhou
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will administer and coordinate implementation of the TA through the East Asia Department and will work closely with the Jiangxi Provincial Government through the Jiangxi Committee of the Chinese People''s Political Consultative Conference (JPPCC), which will be both the executing and implementing agencies of the TA. ADB will engage a consulting firm following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the associated project administration instructions and/or technical assistance instructions. It is anticipated that the knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will require 21 person-months of consulting services, comprising at least three national and two international consultants. Areas of expertise required will include minerals industry analysis, policy and regulation, socioeconomic analyses, and environmental economics. These consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) using the quality- and cost-based selection method, with a quality cost ratio of 90:10 given the high technical complexity. It is anticipated that the consultants will be mobilized during the first quarter of 2018.
Procurement Nil
Responsible ADB Officer Boland, David G.
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Jiangxi Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (JPPCC)
No. 23, Taipingqiao Street
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Nov 2017
Fact Finding 17 Jul 2017 to 19 Jul 2017
MRM -
Approval 21 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Jan 2018

TA 9480-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Dec 2017 - - 30 Apr 2019 - -
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 21 Dec 2017 0.00

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