Permanent River Protection

Strategies in China


Increasing development in China has created a need for water resource development projects that increase both energy production and the availability of potable water. The majority of these projects include the rapid construction of dams or massive water diversions, both of which often incur negative environmental, social, and economic impacts. Increased public and governmental interest in environmental protection, as well as the movement toward a comprehensive dam law, have produced an opportune sociopolitical environment for the inception of a river protection system. We will identify the most important environmental, social, and economic benefits of river protection by conducting an extensive literature review. By examining international case studies of river protection systems, with a focus on their legal framework, we will identify successful river protection efforts and drivers of river protection. Our research and analysis will enable us to formulate a set of applicable and effective recommendations that will be useful to Chinese stakeholders if they choose to implement a river protection system.



Group Members:

Carly Wilburton

Lydia Leclair

Hanna Jacobsen

Matt Freiberg


Robert Wilkinson

External Advisors:

Oran Young

Tom Dunne

Hilal Elver