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Guangdong-Pearl River Delta Urban Environment

The project would support a large volume of collaborative, least-cost environmental investments and their financial sustainability. This would be achieved through a combination of physical investments, policy and institutional reforms, and financial management improvements. Its over-arching goal would be to achieve the maximum sustainable environment benefits for the Pearl River Delta area and the seas of East Asia by identifying and funding the best least-cost environmental investment program, that can be sustained with sound financial management.

The proposed project would constitute the first-phase of a longer-term and very large-scale environmental management program that will be funded from various sources, including the private sector. The project and program will commence with the highest priority investments in the city of Guangzhou, which is the largest contributor to pollution in the PRD, with smaller cities implementing jointly-managed environmental infrastructure investments on a pilot basis. It would also demonstrate innovative service delivery and financing approaches, including private sector provision of environmental infrastructure and services.

The GEF resources would target the incremental costs of

  • (i) promoting innovative, collaborative, more cost effective and more sustainable joint municipal environmental infrastructure investments, and
  • (ii) identifying and preparing viable proposals for private-public partnerships. Private investments are seen as key to rapid and sustainable pollution reduction strategies.

Bei Jiang/Hsi

Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 2135
IBRD ID 84003
Project type Full-Sized Project
Project Status Project Completion
Start Date 22 Mar 2004
End Date 31 Dec 2010
YES - See results data (2135)
Project documents
Project Information
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 10.00M US$
Total Cost of the project: 437.35M US$

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB)

Project contacts
Takuyo Kamata World Bank Team Leader
Paul Kriss Senior Economist