Addressing Chinas water scarcity: recommendations for selected water resource management issues

Addressing China's Water Scarcity addresses the emerging water crisis and the need for China to reform and strengthen its water resource management framework. It covers key issues including water governance, water rights, water pricing and affordability, watershed ecological compensation, water pollution control, and emergency prevention, and it identifies the measures needed to effectively move forward in these areas. In line with the broad strategy of developing a market economy, the book concludes that the focus of the reform needs to be on clarifying the role of and relationships among the government, markets, and society; improving the efficiency and effectiveness of water management institutions; strengthening the compliance and enforcement of water pollution control; and fully embracing and using marketbased instruments as much as possible.