China’s Path to a Green Water Law

  • Liping DaiEmail author
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


China’s economic performance during the reform period is sometimes described as a miracle. However, the rapid economic growth has exacted an enormous environmental cost. The Chinese government has realized that a new, more sustainable development pathway is needed, which associates with a more sustainable development. This chapter looks at this recent shift which towards a “greener” Chinese water law. It analyzes in what way a sustainable development friendly approach to the utilization and management of water resources is reflected in China’s domestic water law. Two themes, sustainable development and ecosystems approach, as well as how they are resurfaced on China’s domestic water law are discussed in this chapter.


China Sustainable development Ecosystem approach Water law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability LawUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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