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Songhua River Basin : The PRC’s water management extends vertically and horizontally from the central government to its townships and villages

The Songhua River Basin is the third largest river basin in the People’s Republic of China. Almost the entire northeast of the country lies within this basin. The Songhua is also one of the China’s four most polluted rivers, suffering until recently from untreated urban wastewater, industrial wastewater and agricultural non-point sources.

 

A concerted investment programme to clean up the river has helped to reduce water pollution, protect water resources, address water shortages through recycling effluent, and control agricultural nonpoint source pollution and effectively manage solid waste. Working in partnership with ADB since 2001 on basin analysis, institutions, and investments, the provincial and central governments have achieved steady improvements in pollution control and livability of the basin for its residents. In 2011, PRC and the Russian Federation have agreed to work together in the further clean-up of the Songhua river.

 

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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