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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 1-13
Reform of Local Governance for Environmental Conservation and Restoration in Rivers and Lake Basins, China


In China, water pollution issues in rivers and lake basins are still serious, although the government has implemented total pollution load control and many other measures in major basins as a series of five-year plans. In the Tai Lake(pronounced “tai-hu” in Chinese) Basin, one of the typical basins combating water pollution in China, a series of new initiatives for environmental conservation and restoration have been carried out since a water crisis occurred in 2007. This research project focuses on not only industrial point source control, but also urban and rural non-point source control of wastewater effluents and other environmental restoration measurements in the basin. The aim of the project is to examine how to reform local governance for environmental conservation and restoration in the Tai Lake Basin, based on on-going policy reform and with a social experiment of stakeholders’ dialogue in the basin. Through this research project, we hope to contribute to developing effective governance for environmental conservation and restoration to realize environmental and social sustainability in river and lake basins in China.


April 2010 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] OTSUKA Kenji
[ Co-researchers ] ISONO Yayoi (Professor of Tokyo Keizai University)
MIZUOCHI Motoyuki (Senior Research Fellow of National Institute for Environmental Studies)
FUJITA Kaori (Professor of Kinki University)


Information of the Research Project