Improved Water Resources Management and Drinking Water Safety in Rural Regions of China


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Improved Water Resources Management and Drinking Water Safety in Rural Regions of China


Water Supply and Sanitation

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Total: $6,800,000;

Sources of Financing: UNDP TRAC


2007 - 2010



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Water is one of the most important natural resources for human development. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)have helped to highlight the importance of access to safe drinking water supplies and adequate sanitation. Over the past decades, the Chinese government has made significant efforts in expanding supply of safe drinking water in rural areas. However, over 300 million rural Chinese residents still have no access to safe drinking water, facing problems of shortage as well as severe contamination and subsequent health threats. In China, meeting demand for limited water resources and ensuring access to clean drinking water for rural areas have become critical environmental challenges, a major focus in the 11th National Five Year Plan.

The project aims to support government efforts to improve water resources management and drinking water safety in rural regions of China. Efforts will be made to improve policy mechanisms, and a series of sound water resources management approaches and drinking water safety technologies will be demonstrated including water rights management, water resources allocation, rebuilding of drainage pipelines, and ecologically sustainable agricultural technologies for water conservation.

The project will also incorporate international best practice by utilising the expertise and knowledge of the entire United Nations system. Coca-cola in particular serves as a lead private sector partner in China. The project is a joint effort between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) and China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchange (CICETE) under the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). Local governments, research institutions and private partnerships will also greatly contribute to the expected project achievements.

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See also

  1. Water stress, Water Transfer and Social Equity in Northern China: Implications for Policy Reforms
  2. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Mekong River Basin
  3. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Aral Sea Basin
  4. The Status of the South to North Water Transfer Plans in China
  5. Reducing Environmental Stress in the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem
  6. Mekong Case Study
  7. Lessons on Cooperation Building to Manage Water Conflicts in the Aral Sea Basin
  8. Implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of the East Asia (SDS-SEA)
  9. Human rights, water and China’s autonomous regions
  10. Development of Ili-Balkhash Basin Integrated Management Plan
  11. Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer fo Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ship's Ballast Water (GloBallast Partnerships)
  12. Access to Water and Sanitation in China: History, Current Situation and Challenges

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