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