China Chongqing Small Town Water Environment Project

China is rapidly urbanizing, creating pressure for cities to expand their public infrastructure, improve municipal services, and provide employment for residents and migrants. To relieve these pressures on the larger cities, the government’s policy of a ‘New
Urbanization Agenda’ is now focused on lower-tier and smaller-sized cities.

Chongqing’s development strategy of “one circle and two wings” defined a four-tier urban
settlement system, including a metropolitan core, 4 sub-regional central cities, 25 county seat cities and around 300 key towns. Chongqing Municipality (CQM) has determined that the twenty-five county seats (all third-tier cities) will play a major role in relieving pressures by accommodating one-third of CQM’s total urban population in the future. Typically located in deep river valleys and built on scattered small pockets of scarce land available for urban construction, county seats in these areas of Chongqing are still exposed to relatively high risks of events such as river flooding, landslides, soil erosion, and water pollution. Reducing these risks is a high priority to ensure a sustainable basis for economic and social development. The proposed project will support the implementation of an integrated river basin management approach to address water pollution and flood risks in the four project counties, as part of the municipality’s rapid urban-rural integration investments.

Development Objective

The project development objective is to reduce flood risks and improve wastewater infrastructure services in selected counties of Chongqing Municipality.

Project Components

1. Flood Management in Tongnan Country
2. Flood & Wastewater Management in Rongchang County
3. Flood & Wastewater Management in Shizhu County
4. Flood & Wastewater Management in Pengshui County
5. Project Management & Project Implementation Support

 Project Cost

IBRD: $100 million
Borrower own funds: $118.62 million
Total: $218.62 million

Project website

Full Chongqing Water – Project Information Document

Possible action: Contact the Urban Specialist (contact info in PID), contact Netherlands Embassy in Beijing, the Netherlands Consulate-General in Chongqing or contact the World Bank Liaisons at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC.