Ying Tian

Ying Tian

Ying Tian, China

Li Yuanyuan is Vice-President and Professor of the General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design (GIWP) at the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) of China, the most important technical agency supporting China’s national water resources development and strategy planning, water policy research, formulation and management. His fields of expertise include water resources management mechanisms, interactions between human activities and water resources, water resources system analysis and planning, and water ecology and environment protection. He has led many water resources surveys at a national level, strategy studies, comprehensive water resources planning, major water projects technological demonstration, water policies formulation and management activities as well as international programmes and cooperation. He is widely published on water-related topics. His research results have been awarded numerous science and technology awards.

Presentation Title: New approaches to river basin management for sustainable development in China

China faces profound river management challenges. As its economy evolves, public expectations of eco-environmental quality shift, how should the country’s policy makers and planners make the most of its rivers and associated water resources? In China, river basin master plans are a key instrument for addressing this question. This paper will explore progress in China’s basin master planning process in recent years, and the challenges and opportunities for this process in future. These include how best to integrate environmental flows, set water allocation limits, encourage river restoration and manage drought and flood risks. In doing so, the paper will also share insights gleaned from an ongoing collaboration between the General Institution of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning (GIWP, part of the Ministry of Water Resources, People’s Republic of China) and WWF, the main outputs of which are a set of strategic guidelines which summarise the state-of-the-art on river basin management. The guidelines – which have drawn on inputs from more than 30 international experts and lessons from 40 case studies in Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America – are being used to support a sustainable and strategic approach to water policy and river basin planning in China.

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