This Pilot and Demonstration Activities (PDA) explored how integration of wetland conservation, food production and development activities can be managed in a sustainable manner in Sanjiang Plains.
|Sanjiang Plains, People's Republic of China
|Vidhisha N. Samarasekara
|International Water Management Institute
Completed in April 2010, this PDA evaluated how the ADB's SPWPP is balancing wetland conservation with development initiatives in the Sanjiang wetlands.
Read the final report.
ADB's Sanjiang Plains Wetlands Protection Project (SPWPP) focuses on integrating conservation and development needs in Sanjiang Plains, Heilongjiang Province of the People's Republic of China. The project comprises 5 main components: watershed management, wetland nature reserve management, alternative livelihoods, education and capacity building, and project management. In addition, the Poverty and Environment Action Research Program (PEARP) sub-project contributes to the learning on poverty-environment relationships by collecting and generating new knowledge on effective approaches to environmental management and poverty reduction, through the development and pilot-testing of innovative sustainable livelihood options for poor households. SPWPP was initiated in 2006 and will be completed by 2012. The PEARP was implemented between 2005 and 2007.
The PDA contributed to learning under the five project components and the (PEARP) sub-project by using the Project's initiatives, experiences and results to date to explore how integration of wetland conservation, food production and development activities can be managed in a sustainable manner in wetland systems.
- Review of all documentation for ADB's Sanjiang Plain Wetlands Protection Project and participation as observer at the project's Mid-Term Review in Harbin
- Field visit to Daijehe Nature Reserve (where focus group discussions were conducted in 3 villages in the experimental zone of the NR) and Zhen Baodao NR (to view the land conversion from agriculture to natural wetlands undertaken in this NR)
- Interviews with project team members