New CWR Report! Yangtze Water Risks, Hotspots & Growth

by China Water Risk 3 September, 2019

September 3rd, 2019 – China Water Risk releases new report titled, Yangtze Water Risks, Hotspots & Growth that says rampant pollution due to rapid development in China’s socio-economic powerhouse, Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB), has led the nation to unleash multiple policy innovations to green the river that could bring shocks and opportunities globally.

What happens on this river matters globally as impacts can be significant. So get on top of the new risk landscape and check out the report which includes:

  • Water and climate risk overview of the Yangtze River Basin and the 11 provinces and municipalities that make up the YREB;
  • YREB specific regulations and policies to protect the region and the river basin;
  • Analysis of the water-nomic performance and key targets of each province since 2005 to filter out “hotspot” provinces;
  • Water risk profiles of key cluster cities and industrial parks in the YREB;
  • Policies such as wastewater discharge permit trading and trillions of yuan set aside by central and provincial governments to clean up pollution and promote green development; and
  • YREB specific ‘favoured’ and ‘not favoured’ industry lists of polluting and water intensive industries

Although the report was written to help global and domestic investors and business avoid regulatory shocks from the nation’s March to a Beautiful China, CWR also hopes that the report can help policy makers and governments beyond China rethink development in the face of mounting water challenges exacerbated by climate change.

The YREB is simply “too big to fail and must be protected at all costs” says the report.

“We must not allow the ecological environment of the Yangtze River to continue deteriorating in the hands of our generation”

President Xi Jinping at a YREB conference in Wuhan


-Access the full report here.

We will be reviewing the report in our September newsletter so sign up now or catch us in Kunming, China at The Fortune Global Sustainability Forum 2019 on “Reviving the Yangtze” in the opening plenary! Want to know more about the Yangtze River? Click here for an at-a-glance fact sheet.