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Yellow River Basin: living with scarcity

TitleYellow River Basin: living with scarcity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsRingler C, Cai X, Wang J, Ahmed A, Xue Y, Xu Z, Yang Y-CEthan, Jianshi Z, Zhu T, Cheng L, Yongfeng F, Xinfeng F, Xiaowei G, You L
JournalWater International
Start Page681
Date Published11/2010
KeywordsClimate change, Water scarcity, water trading, Yellow River Basin

The Yellow River basin is a key food production centre of global importance facing rapidly growing water scarcity. Water availability for agriculture in the basin is threatened by rapid growth in the demand for industrial and urban water, the need to flush sediment from the river's lower reaches, environmental demands and growing water pollution. Climate change is already evident in the basin with long-term declines in river runoff, higher temperatures, and increasing frequency and intensity of drought. The Chinese government has exhausted most options for improving water supply. The challenge will be to switch to improved water demand management, which is hampered by existing governance structures, and lack of integrated agriculture and water resource policies.