A framework for strategic river restoration in China

Robert A. Speed, Yuanyuan Li, David Tickner, Huojian Huang, Robert J. Naiman, Jianting Cao, Gang Lei, Lili Yu, Paul Sayers, Zhongnan Zhao, Yu Wei

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In response to major water-related challenges, the Chinese government is preparing to significantly expand river restoration efforts. The high level of development in many Chinese river basins requires that this work be undertaken strategically. This article identifies current global challenges to river restoration and presents a framework for strategic river restoration, together with a set of eight ‘golden rules’. The framework and rules were developed specifically to address the Chinese situation, but are relevant elsewhere, particularly for heavily developed and highly contested river basins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)998-1015
Number of pages18
JournalWater International
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2016


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