Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 27 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 28 Jan 2015

Project Name Songhua River Flood Management (Sector) Project
Country China, People's Republic of
Project/Program Number 33437-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Songhua River basin in Northeast China
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Water-based natural resources management
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth (ESG)
Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 4: No gender elements (NGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1919Ordinary capital resources150,000
Counterpart 207,700
TOTAL US$ 357,700

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

An initial environmental examination (IEE) was undertaken for core subprojects, and a summary IEE was circulated to the Board on 17 August 2001. The IEE concludes that the environmental impacts are primarily positive and that negative impacts can be mitigated to acceptable levels by implementing appropriate measures adopted in the project design. The IEEs for other candidate subprojects were also prepared and all of them have been approved by ADB. During project implementation, Songliao Water Environmental Monitoring Center (SWEMC) was engaged for independent environmental monitoring. The Resettlement Plans (RPs) for the core subprojects were prepared and approved during the Project preparation. The RPs for other candidate subprojects were also prepared and all of them have been approved by ADB. During Project implementation, Songliao Resettlement Development Center (SRDC) was engaged for independent monitoring and evaluation.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Stakeholder consultations were undertaken, including discussions with national and provincial agencies, potential beneficiaries, and external monitoring and evaluation agencies.

During Project Design
The TA fact-finding mission made field visits to the sites of proposed flood control and protection works in Innger Mongolia Autonomous Region and the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin. The Mission consulted at community level with intended beneficiaries and potentially affected persons.
During Project Implementation
Extensive beneficiary participation and consultation will be undertaken as part of the TA, started in the second half of 1999.


The overall goal of the Project is to improve peoples lives and to promote sustainable economic growth through improved river basin management and reduction of flood risk in the Songhua River Basin. The objective of the Project is to reduce flood damage in the Songhua River Basin through integrated river basin management and improved flood protection. The Project comprises (i) implementing a flood management system (incorporating flood forecasting and early warning systems) to facilitate coordinated flood emergency response; (ii) structural flood control works including upgrading dikes and building new ones, to enable the Songhua River to convey floods up to the design standard; and (iii) supporting project management and institutional capacity.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Floods have produced some of PRC's worst natural disasters, causing indescribable human misery over thousands of years of history. Many flood control dikes and other works date from ancient times. Despite significant construction in modern times many older works fail during major floods, and there has been inadequate maintenance of the system. The general standard of flood protection is only the equivalent of about a 20-year flood recurrence. The design standard for important cities is to protect against a 100-200 year flood and in rural areas is 35-50 years. Many dams and reservoirs for irrigation, water supply, and flood control require remedial work to ensure their continued functioning and safety. Increasing population and expansion into flood prone areas have significantly increased the risk of economic damage by flooding. The Government supports a shift in focus from flood control only to an approach which emphasizes flood management through integrated land and water resources management, optimal water management throughout river basins, flood protection measures, and complementary flood forecasting and warning systems. Improving institutional capacity to adopt an integrated approach is a vital concern of the Government. The Government 10th five year plan (TFYP) was announced in March 2001. The main strategic thrusts include: (i) maintaining high growth in next five years; (ii) increasing farmer's income; (iii) developing the Western Region; (iv) supporting private sector/service sector development and SOE reforms; (v) preparing WTO entry; (vi) establishing social security system; and (vii) pursuing political reform. In the aftermath of the 1998 and 1999 floods, the Government sought ADB assistance to address natural resource management issues. Soil and water conservation projects, with a strong poverty alleviation contribution, is an important area in the ADB's program. The Project was listed in ADB's Country Assistance Plan (2001-2003).

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 27
Consulting Services
Consultants will be selected and engaged through an international consulting firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants, and other arrangements acceptable to ADB on the selection and engagement of domestic consultants. The consultants required under the Project are 80 person-months (pm) of international consultants and 608 pm of domestic consultants, a total of 688 pm. Of these services, 484 pm (70 percent, comprising 51 pm international and 433 pm domestic consultants), will be for the flood management system. The consultants will provide assistance in the areas of a geographic information system for flood control, mathematical flood model, flood forecasting, research into standards for major cities and a decision support system and specifications and procurement of the flood management system equipment. The consultants under the other two components (32 pm of international and 175 pm of domestic consultants) will support the monitoring of environmental mitigation measures, resettlement planning, economic analysis, project/construction management, tender documents, contract evaluation and subproject commissioning, special assistance for Inner Mongolia in subproject identification and feasibility, and legal and regulatory aspects. The consultants will also offer on-the-job training, especially in the economic analysis of subprojects.
The procurement of goods and services for ADB-financed contracts will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Major contracts for equipment with a value of $500,000 equivalent or more will be undertaken through ADB's international competitive bidding procedures. Smaller equipment packages, under $500,000 equivalent each, will be procured following international shopping procedures. Direct purchase will be allowed for contracts valued at $100,000 equivalent or less. Civil works contracts estimated to cost $5 million or more will be carried out using ICB bidding procedures while those below $5 million equivalent will be carried out using local competitive procedures in accordance with the Tendering and Bidding Law, and related regulations that are being drafted with ADB assistance and ADB requirements. The project will consist of a large number of civil works (mainly earth-related works) located in different parts of the project area. It is considered unlikely that international contractors will be interested in bidding for such civil works contracts.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 16 Jul 1999
Fact-finding 14 Sep 2001 to 21 Sep 2001
Management Review Meeting 19 Oct 2001
Approval 20 Sep 2002


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1919 20 Sep 2002 14 Feb 2003 29 May 2003 31 Dec 2007 31 Dec 2009 23 Nov 2010


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
29 Sep 2016 Loan 1919 148,044 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
29 Sep 2016 Loan 1919 148,044 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1919

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Xin Shen (
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Gov't of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Reg-Fin Bureau
Mr. Wang Xiang Dong

Heilongjiang Province
Mr. Zhang Jian

Ministry of Water Resources
Mr. Li Jinxiang

Jilin Province
Ms. Cong Juan


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