Handbook on Water Security
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Handbook on Water Security

Edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Anik Bhaduri and Joyeeta Gupta

Water security has received increasing attention in the scientific and policy community in recent years. This Handbook covers the wide range of perspectives required to understand water security as a concept guiding water governance and management at different levels and in different regions. It reflects on past, present and future challenges to water security and strategies on how to overcome them. An invaluable resource for scientific scholars, it will also appeal policymakers and practitioners interested in a deeper understanding of this important concept.
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Chapter 18: Water security – China perspective

Hong Yang, Junguo Liu and Jun Xia


This chapter presents an overview of the status of China’s water resources and water development with respect to quantity and quality, and addresses the water problems and challenges to the economic growth of the country. It covers the following aspects: China’s water resources and their spatial and temporal distribution; status of water use, water stress and water pollution in the country; water development and challenges; China’s recently renewed efforts to balance the water needs for humans and nature and safeguard water security; and implications of China’s water strategies for its international relations with neighboring countries with whom China shares waters.

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