China's water resources management challenge: the 'three red lines'

Throughout China’s history water has always been an essential part of political and economic life and important to the country’s prosperity and stability. Today, China is facing a great challenge as water resources begin to constrain the nation’s economic and social development. This paper describes the key water challenges facing China, the steps being taken to introduce a new stringent boundaries; so called "three red lines", which set limits on water use, efficiency and water pollution.

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