China's water management - challenges and solutions

Yanan Jiang, Faith Ka Shun Chan, Joseph Holden, Yaqian Zhao, Dabo Guan

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China has experienced enormously rapid development since the open door policy introduced in 1979. Population has increased by 30% to 1.3 billion, and the annual GDP growth rate was 9.8 % in the last few years. However, frequent water disasters in recent years have caused significant damages to China's regional growth and societies. There are huge contemporary challenges for Chinese water resource management. In this paper, we examine three major challenges for China's water resource management, which are water scarcity, water pollution and flood management. We discuss some of China's past management strategies and its future water management plans which come with major new investment. China will be further developed during this century and we provide some thoughts on water resource management that could be undertaken in China to increase resilience in face of a capricious future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1311-1321
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Engineering and Management Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • China
  • Climate extremes
  • Flood risk
  • Pollution
  • Water resources management
  • Water scarcity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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