Policy Brief - Scholars Strategy Network

Why China Needs New Institutions to Cope with Looming Water Scarcity

| March 2014


Few places in the world are facing such acute scarcity of water as is northern China, the region surrounding the nation's capital in Beijing. Over the past three decades, rapid economic development and population growth have caused a dramatic water shortage in the region. Groundwater tables have dropped so precipitously that in some places wells cannot be dug deep enough to reach water. Climate change is making rainfall more unpredictable, further darkening the picture for a region that is vital to both the Chinese and world economies. This brief looks at the so-far inadequate responses of the Chinese government and makes the case that new institutions are needed to allow China to meet this growing challenge.

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For Academic Citation: Moore, Scott. “Why China Needs New Institutions to Cope with Looming Water Scarcity.” Policy Brief, Scholars Strategy Network, March 2014.

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