Managing water resources for sustainable development: the case of integrated river basin management in China
2010 (English)In: Water Science and Technology, ISSN 0273-1223, Vol. 61, no 2, 499-506 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The emerging water crisis in China shows that the current institutional frameworks and policies with regard to water resources management are incapable of achieving an effective and satisfactory situation that includes Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM). This paper analyses this framework and related policies, examines their deficiencies in relation to all water stress problems and explores alternatives focusing on river basins. Water resources management reforms in modern China are reviewed and the main problems involved in transforming the current river management system into an IRBM-based system are analysed. The Huai River basin is used as an example of current river basin management, with quantitative data serving to show the scale and scope of the problems in the country as a whole. The institutional reforms required are discussed and a conceptual institutional framework is proposed to facilitate the implementation of IRBM in China. In particular, the roles, power and responsibilities of River Basin Commissions (RBCs) should be legally strengthened; the functions of supervising, decision-making and execution should be separated; and cross-sectoral legislation, institutional coordination and public participation at all levels should be promoted.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 61, no 2, 499-506 p.
China, Huai river, institutional framework, integrated river basin, management, policy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19178DOI: 10.2166/wst.2010.848ISI: 000274247100025PubMedID: 20107277ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77950347744OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-19178DiVA: diva2:337225
QC 201101262010-08-052010-08-052012-05-15Bibliographically approved