Safeguarding our rivers
by China Water Risk 17 October, 2017
Rivers are the lifelines of not only our lives but our economies. Yet, they have suffered as CWR’s Hu shares in his reflections from Zhejiang. But this doesn’t have to be the case as we look at actions to safeguard rivers this month. At the regional level, managing Asia’s key rivers falls on China and India. Dr Ho from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy looks at this more. Meanwhile, domestically, China has said by 2018 all of its rivers/lakes will have an appointed river chief. We review. Plus, we also share five facts you need to know about the strategic but relatively unknown Tarim River basin. Rivers also matter to industry. Unit cost in China’s coal-to-chemical sector could increase by up to two-thirds due to environmental risks. Trucost’s Kaboo Leung expands. Then there is action on ground. See key findings from the Kunshan Industrial Park Water Stewardship project, run by AWS, WWF & the Qiandeng Environmental Protection Bureau. Reduced water flows, pollution, reappropriation into roads, if this continues what rivers will there be left to safeguard?
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