Ensuring water resource security in China; the need for advances in evidence-based policy to support sustainable management

Gu, Shuzhong; Jenkins, Alan; Gao, Shi-Ji; Lu, Yonglong; Li, Hong; Li, Yuanyuan; Ferrier, Robert C.; Bailey, Mark; Wang, Yiwen; Zhang, Yuan; Qi, Xuebin; Yu, Lili; Ding, Liuqian; Daniell, Tim; Williams, Richard; Hannaford, Jamie ORCID:; Acreman, Mike; Kirk, Stuart; Liu, Hongxian; Liu, Zhengtao; Luo, Liangguo; Yan, Denghua; Liu, Xuejun; Yu, Fang; Wang, Dong; Zhang, Bing; Ding, Aizhong; Xie, Xiangrong; Liu, Jing; Ma, Chao; Jobson, Anita. 2017 Ensuring water resource security in China; the need for advances in evidence-based policy to support sustainable management. Environmental Science & Policy, 75. 65-69.

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China currently faces a water resource sustainability problem which is likely to worsen into the future. The Chinese government is attempting to address this problem through legislative action, but faces severe challenges in delivering its high ambitions. The key challenges revolve around the need to balance water availability with the need to feed a growing population under a changing climate and its ambitions for increased economic development. This is further complicated by the complex and multi-layered government departments, often with overlapping jurisdictions, which are not always aligned in their policy implementation and delivery mechanisms. There remain opportunities for China to make further progress and this paper reports on the outcomes of a science-to-policy roundtable meeting involving scientists and policy-makers in China. It identifies, in an holistic manner, new opportunities for additional considerations for policy implementation, continued and new research requirements to ensure evidence-based policies are designed and implemented and identifies the needs and opportunities to effectively monitor their effectiveness. Other countries around the world can benefit from assessing this case study in China.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Acreman
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Rees (from October 2014)
ISSN: 1462-9011
Additional Keywords: China, water resources, water security, policy, sustainable management, research requirements
Date made live: 28 Sep 2017 14:40 +0 (UTC)

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