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Source: Asia Development Bank

  • Fujian Mulan River Basin Integrated Ecological Restoration and Management Project, $150,000 Proposed as a 2021 standby loan of $200 million, the project aims to develop an integrated solution for flood control, ecological restoration, and water quality improvement in the Mulan River. The project seeks to revitalize Xianyou County in Putian City and strengthen the environmental management capacity of local government officials and staff. Examples of capacities that the project will improve are developing and operationalizing a river chief smart water system for monitoring and evaluation; and decision-making support for the upper and middle reaches of the river basin. In conjunction with this planned restoration, a method to capture land value increase in the area is being explored, as well as other potential revenue sources that can help fund more rural investments.
  • Hunan Xiangxi Rural Environmental Improvement and Green Development Project, $150,000 The proposed $200 million Hunan project (for 2021 approval) will seek to enhance the living environment and industrial productivity in Xiangxi Prefecture. This will include improving rural waste and sanitation management, developing local special agricultural products, and integrating the urban and rural industries in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, one of the poorest regions in the country.
  • Jiangxi Ganzhou Rural Vitalization and Comprehensive Environmental Improvement Project, $150,000 The proposed $200 million Jiangxi project will focus on developing Ganzhou municipality, a poor rural area with weak environmental management institutional capacity. In particular, the nearby Gan River has severely degraded through the years. The river’s water quality is suffering due to pollution from improper waste and sewage disposal. The project will seek to build governance capacity for environmental management, pilot green development mechanisms, improve rural waste and sanitation management, and promote better water and soil conservation practices.

Interconnected change

The three proposed ADB investments are expected to not only tackle environmental challenges, such as rampant pollution and sewage disposal, but to also highlight the important link between environmental protection and economic development. By managing water resources, sanitation, and ensuring proper agricultural practices, rural communities can improve their livelihood, increase their income, and more importantly, have better quality of life.

Overall, the investments will contribute to the government’s goal of fostering sustainable, resilient, and inclusive growth for rural development.

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