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

Shuzhong, Gu and Jenkins, Alan and Gao, Shi-Ji and Lu, Yonglong and Li, Hong and Li, Yuanyuan and Ferrier, Robert C. and Bailey, Mark and Wang, Yiwen and Zhang, Yuan and Qi, Xuebin and Yu, Lili and Ding, Liuqian and Daniell, Tim and Williams, Richard and Hannaford, Jamie and Acreman, Mike and Kirk, Stuart and Liu, Hongxian and Liu, Zhengtao and Luo, Liangguo and Yan, Denghua and Liu, Xuejun and Yu, Fang and Wang, Dong and Zhang, Bing and Ding, Aizhong and Xie, Xiangrong and Liu, Jing and Ma, Chao and Jobson, Anita (2017) Ensuring water resource security in China:the need for advances in evidence-based policy to support sustainable management. Environmental Science and Policy, 75. pp. 65-69. ISSN 1462-9011

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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.

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