Puppy Love, Top Dog or Underdog?
by China Water Risk 14 February, 2018
As we move from the Year of the Fire Rooster to the Year of the Earth Dog, stay ahead and find out who’s the top dog, pitbull or underdog in our 5 trends. It’s also Valentine’s Day, so let’s talk about love! Firstly, we are in love with China’s water regulations and laws. Not only did the new Water Law come into effect on 1 January 2018, but so did the new Environmental Protection Tax Law and more. Plus, the Water Resource Tax has expanded to 9 provinces. See our reviews. Also, the 2018 No. 1 Document is out and its focus is charting a roadmap for rural vitalisation. We are loving it all! The public too are getting more of a “bite” by having a greater say in the environment – Pacific Environment’s Hanyuan, McDonald & Zhong expand. We can also show our love for water by re-examining our diet. Vanham from the European Commission looks at Hong Kong’s diet’s high water footprint. Furthermore, Ovink, Special Envoy for Water, points out that we still haven’t grasped the complexity of water crises but there are ways to leapfrog. Whether it turns out to be a pitbull or poodle of a year, we need to recognise that Asia doesn’t have enough water to develop. We need to plan, plan and plan to avoid a ‘dry-out’ like Cape Town. Reaching for low hanging fruit is not good enough, we need to reach high. Now go fetch us a bright future! Happy lunar new year!
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