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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-26
Building Basin Governance for Water Pollution Control in China: A Social Experiment in Community Roundtable Meetings in the Tai Lake Basin


Improvement of the water environment is an urgent task necessitated by the rapid economic growth in China. Tai Lake (pronounced "tai-hu" in Chinese), located in the Yangtze Delta region where miraculous economic growth has occurred, is one of the heavily polluted lakes in China, and although numerous measures for conservation of its water have been implemented for many years, they have not yet proved sufficient. A new initiative to hold community environmental roundtable meetings in Jiangsu Province, thereby incorporating public participation, is considered to be one of the more effective potential measures to complement regulatory enforcement and market-oriented measures in environmental policy. This research project aims to develop a new model of community roundtable meetings as well as to evaluate other on-going new initiatives for water environment conservation in the Tai Lake basin, referring to Japanese and other countries’ experiences.


2009/4 - 2010/2


Members of the Research Project

ISONO Yayoi (Prof. of Tokyo Keizai University)
FUJITA Kaori (Prof. of St. Andrew University)
MIZUOCHI Motoyuki (Senior Research Fellow of National Institute for Environmental Studies)


IDE Research Series (to be published in 2010)

Information of the Research Project