Dilemmas in water systems development in China
2011 (English)In: What is Sustainable Technology?: Perceptions, Paradoxes and Possibilities / [ed] Karel Mulder, Didac Ferrer and Harro van Lente, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing , 2011, 213-234 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
China has an urgent need to resolve its dilemmas on water systems development due to the damage being done to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the need to maintain socio-economic development. This chapter summarises historical water systems development in China as regards the changing priorities of water management, and discusses in detail pernicious problems in the YRB (Yellow River Basin), which is under severe water stress. The aims are to explore the role played by articulations of sustainable development in shifts in China’s water management regime in recent decades, and to identify challenges in the compromises needed to resolve the various water systems dilemmas in China. One crucial dilemma for current quantitative water management is to balance the ‘control regime’ and the ‘adaptive regime’ in order to prevent natural disasters. In China’s specific ecological and socio-economic context, two aspects are crucial in resolving the various water systems dilemmas that exist there: facilitating integrated water resources management approaches in river basins; and stimulating technological development to alleviate water allocation conflicts and prevent water pollution.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing , 2011. 213-234 p.
China, integrated water resources management, river development, water institutions, water systems, water technology, water management regimes, Yellow River
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-49586ISBN: 978-1-906093-50-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-49586DiVA: diva2:459848
QC 201112012011-11-282011-11-282012-05-15Bibliographically approved