The South–North Water Transfer Project: remaking the geography of China

Michael Webber, Brittany Crow-Miller, Sarah Rogers

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Abstract

The South–North Water Transfer Project: remaking the geography of China. Regional Studies. This paper uses a technopolitical approach to analyse China’s South–North Water Transfer Project. The project promises to channel 25 billion cubic metres of water a year from the Yangtze River northward, connecting four river basins, three megacities, six provinces and hundreds of millions of water users. The paper argues that the project embodies a particular, engineering-heavy approach to water management; that, even so, it poses fundamental challenges to existing regional structures of governance; and that it promises continuing detrimental environmental impacts in source regions even as it invites similar future interventions in China’s hydrological environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-382
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2017

Keywords

  • China
  • governance
  • pricing
  • South–North Water Transfer Project (SNWTP)
  • technopolitics
  • water management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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