CDIA Launches Publications on Urban River Pollution Management
October 21, 2020
Urban rivers bring life to cities and revitalize the environment, but rapid urbanization in many cities has led to severe river pollution.
On 22 October 2020, CDIA launched four publications that present innovative ideas and international best practices for reducing water pollution in the Xin’an River in Huangshan, a city of five million people in People’s Republic of China.
“We developed these reports to support the Huangshan government in incorporating innovative, cost-effective and efficient elements in the design of their river pollution management project,” says Neil Chadder, CDIA Program Manager. “We hope these materials can likewise serve as an example for other cities in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out similar initiatives.”
In 2019, CDIA provided a technical assistance to the Huangshan Municipal Government to undertake a project preparation study (PPS) to support the implementation of the Anhui Huangshan Xin’an River Ecological Protection and Green Development Project. The Asian Development Bank and KfW provided loans of $100 million and $50 million, respectively, for this project, which seeks to upgrade the sewerage and stormwater drainage facilities in Huangshan City to reduce pollution in Xin’an River.
Xin’an River is one of the primary sources of drinking water for the 10 million residents of Zhejiang Province. Protecting the river’s water quality is therefore of critical importance.
The new publications are as follows:
- This publication offers space-saving and cost-effective solutions for stormwater pollution control.
- This publication proposes the development of web-based Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management platforms for industrial parks to improve their environmental safety monitoring and emergency response program.
- This publication proposes cost-effective Information and Communication Technology strategies for environmental monitoring and integration with the city’s “smart city” data management platforms.
- This publication shares insights on piloting a participatory approach to developing climate change measures and integrating them into project design.