China, People's Republic of : Strategic Research of Promoting Ecological Protection and High-Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin through Economic and Intensive Water Use

Sovereign Project | 54026-002

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) cluster was approved on 28 October 2020. The overall TA cluster is estimated at $1.932 million. The subproject is estimated to cost $300,000 and will be financed on a grant basis from the Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-other sources) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) under the Ministry of Water Resources will serve as the implementing agency of the subproject. The design and monitoring framework of the subproject is in Appendix 1.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Yee, Au Shion
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    China, People's Republic of
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development

Related Projects

Project Name
Strategic Research of Promoting Ecological Protection and High-Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin through Economic and Intensive Water Use
Project Number
54026-002
Country / Economy
  • China, People's Republic of
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6642-PRC: Strategic Research of Promoting Ecological Protection and High Quality Development in the Yellow River Basin through Economic and Intensive Water Use
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Water-based natural resources management

Gender
Some gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) cluster was approved on 28 October 2020. The overall TA cluster is estimated at $1.932 million. The subproject is estimated to cost $300,000 and will be financed on a grant basis from the Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-other sources) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) under the Ministry of Water Resources will serve as the implementing agency of the subproject. The design and monitoring framework of the subproject is in Appendix 1.

Output 1: Assessment of the status and prospects for water sector in the Yellow River basin prepared. This will include: (i) a water resources profile of the river basin; (ii) review of the past, ongoing, and proposed initiatives including programs and policies targeting the development and management of the water sectors, an assessment of their impacts and remaining legal and regulatory gaps and market instruments that support sustainable water sectors; (iii) international best practices and implications for water resources management in the Yellow River basin; and (iv) assessment of water security risks and identification of options. These activities will be benefited from integrated river basin (hydro-meteorological, climate change, land use, etc.) modelling, supply and demand analysis, and institutional and policy gaps as well as need assessments.

The water resources assessment will be complemented by a set of water security case studies based on the approach accepted by ADB, preferably using Asian Development Outlook proposed methodology. These case studies will include: (i) household water security: nonrevenue water reduction, and ruralurban integration and reform for access to water supply; (ii) economic water security: water food nexus, water energy nexus, and inland water transport; (iii) urban water security: storm-water resources management, urban flood management, and urban wastewater and water supply; (iv) environmental water security: sustainable groundwater management, eco-compensation schemes in interprovincial river basins, cleaning up water in the PRC (lessons from reviving Chao Lake), and agricultural nonpoint source pollution management; (v) resilience to water-related disasters: water-related disaster risk management; and (vi) cross-cutting issues: water allocation schemes in river sub-basins.

Output 2: Strategic direction and project pipeline on water resources management recommended. Activities will include: (i) identification of key issues and options in water resources management as an input to the strategic directions covering: (a) soil and water conservation measures; (b) water efficiency improvement measures; (c) water trading and other business models; and (d) water stewardship; (ii) formulation of water resources management strategy for a green economy to 2030 in Yellow River basin; (iii) presentation of recommendations to the Ministry of Finance and ADB management for possible cooperation; (iv) identification of specific recommendations and formulation of concept papers for water resources management lending and nonlending projects; and (v) identification of specific recommendations for water resources management programs of the PRC and ADB to enhance strategic relations for capacity building.

Output 3: Stakeholder engagement mechanism established. Activities will include: (i) establishment of a cross-agency expert panel; (ii) organization of various working group meetings in the PRC targeting government officials responsible for Yellow River basin development, to share a summary of the findings of Outputs 12, and to obtain feedback and current challenges; (iii) conduct of three stakeholder consultation workshops to reach consensus on the strategic recommendations; (iv) presentation of the findings in selected domestic and international workshops and conferences hosted by other ADB member countries; (v) development of 23 brief news items, articles or blogs on subproject findings, and publish on various international platforms such as Development Asia; and (vi) development of a knowledge product summarizing findings from Outputs 12.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
The subproject will link to the TA cluster to engage with drafting recommendations on water sector policies, regulations, and incentive mechanisms, assessing the feasibility of high-level technology including digital technology as well as innovative watershed management tools for water resources management in the basin, and additional knowledge sharing initiatives within the PRC and regionally, building on TA cluster Output 1: Strategic institutional, policy and governance reforms on key Yellow River development issues promoted; Output 2: Innovative technologies, approaches, and solutions to address development constraints in the Yellow River basin proposed; and Output 3: Knowledge sharing, strategic partnerships for multi-stakeholder and private sector engagement supported respectively.
Impact

Resilient ecological protection and security in the Yellow River basin achieved

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

High-quality green agricultural development opportunities in Yellow River basin increased.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Assessment of the status and prospects for water sector in the Yellow River basin prepared

Strategic direction and project pipeline on water resources management recommended

Stakeholder engagement mechanism established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
a participatory approach was adopted during project design to identify the needs of stakeholders.
During Project Implementation
a participatory approach is being adopted in the implementation where EA and IA representatives, civil society, and local representatives participate in the TA activities being conducted.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or TA staff instructions.
Procurement

ADB will carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or TA staff instructions.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Yee, Au Shion
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development Sector Office (SG-AFNR)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water Resources

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
29 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
26 Sep 2023

Funding

TA 6642-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2020 29 Dec 2020 29 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
13 Dec 2023 94,390.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Public Participation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Water Resources Policy Specialist and Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
National Governance and Institutions Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Ecology and Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Integrated Water Resources Management Specialist and Deputy Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
National Water Resources Economist Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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