The Eco-Compensation Mechanism in Tai Lake Watershed

  • Liping Dai
  • Tianbao Qin
Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 12)


An earlier version of this chapter was published as “Dai L (2014) Exploring China’s approach to implementing ‘eco-compensation’ schemes: The Lake Tai watershed as case study considered through a legal lens. Water Int 39(5):755–773.” Copyright © International Water Resources Association, reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Ltd., on behalf of International Water Resources Association.

Tai Lake is the third largest freshwater lake in China. Serious water pollution, especially trans-jurisdictional water pollution, problems are consistent issues in the region. To deal with these problems, four types of the eco-compensation mechanism are applied in this region: eco-compensation between governments, eco-compensation between governments and farmers, eco-compensation between governments and industry and eco-compensation among industries. This chapter analyses these four types of the eco-compensation mechanism from a legal perspective and sheds light on how the mechanism has been applied in China. It aims to provide valuable experiences for domestic water management and elsewhere in the world in protecting the provision of water-related ecosystem services.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liping Dai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tianbao Qin
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Chinese Public Administration Research, School of GovernmentSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability LawUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Research Institute of Environmental LawWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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