The Danjiangkou Reservoir is one of several to provide water for China's cities (photo: dpa)

China inches toward more sophisticated water policy

China has a fifth of the world's population, but only seven per cent of its fresh water. Its needs have been severely strained by rapid industrialisation and urbanisation, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly. The south of the vast country has relatively abundant water resources, but much of the north is dangerously dry and a huge diversion project is bringing some relief to needy areas. However, China is considering alternative methods including waste-water treatment, rainfall collection and desalination. A link planned to China’s far west may never get started.

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Like many similar mega-projects, the SNWDP poises significant risks, with many experts questioning its economic efficiency and its ability to solve the water crisis in China’s north
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