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Current status and future prospects of water diversion projects in China

Author(s): Yuanyuan Li; Yunling Li; Fei Chen; Jun He; Weifeng Liu

Linked Author(s): Yuanyuan Li, yunlingchen07, Fei Cheng, Junyan He

Keywords: IAHR; Hydrolink; Spatial distribution; Temporal distribution; Water resources; China; Population; Resources; Productive capacities; Interbasin transfers; Interregional transfers; Water supply


The spatial and temporal distribution of water resources in China is markedly uneven, presenting a mismatch with the distribution of population, resources, and productive capacities. Undertaking interbasin and inter-regional water transfers is a pivotal approach to address the pronounced disparities in China’s water resource allocation and to reconcile the tensions between water supply and demand. After years of development, China has established the world’s largest hydraulic engineering infrastructure. As a subset of this infrastructure, water diversion projects play a pivotal role in optimizing the allocation of water resources.


Year: 2023

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