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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:46

Yoshino River : Japan’s water policies have been revised and adapted over the past 60 years in response to changing needs

The Yoshino River flows through Shikoku Island in southeastern Japan. The Yoshino River Basin Management Plan of 1966 was one of the first such efforts in Asia and the Pacific region. It was formulated through consultations held with local stakeholders, including riparian residents in Tokushima on the east of Shikoku Island, upstream residents of Kochi on its southern coast, and transboundary water users in Ehime and Kagawa on its northern side.

 

The consultations led to the development of a comprehensive regional development plan for Shikoku, covering infrastructure and natural resources development, including water. A working group was formed with members from the prefectures, government and the island’s electricity provider. The group prepared a new basin development plan reallocating water to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

 

This is an excerpt of a case study from WaterWealth, a publication on basin management across Asia and the Pacific. WaterWealth is available for download on the

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