Mindset Change Needed for China’s Water Crisis
Water-related crisis in China has become increasingly frequent and severe in recent years. Astonished by recent extreme weather events, the Chinese government has focused this year’s No. 1 Document on water problems (Yu 2011; Gong 2011). Although it is still not clear how the funds (US$ 615 × 109) will be spent, most of it is expected to be directed to water engineering according to past experiences. Particularly, quite a large portion will go to large-scale projects as they usually represent great political achievements for promotion. However, lessons from past failures tell us that dam building cannot solve the water problems; instead an integrated strategy involving mindset change must be sought for sustainable water use.
Induced by the Chairman Mao’s idea that man can triumph over nature, policy-makers believed that the water problems could be addressed through massive water engineering projects. Since the 1950s, China has invested a large amount of money and labor into dam...
KeywordsWater Crisis Water Transfer Project Water Diversion Project Xinhua News Agency Sanmenxia Reservoir
This study was financially supported by a grant from National University of Singapore (Grant: MOE2011-T2-1-101).
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