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Yixiang Deng, Daniele Brombal, Paolo Davide Farah (Corresponding Author), Angela Moriggi, Andrea Critto, Yun Zhou, Antonio Marcomini, “China’s Water Environmental Management Towards Institutional Integration. A Review of Current Progress and Constraints vis-a-vis the European Experience”, JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 113 (2016) 285-298 (Available online since August 2015), Elsevier Publisher, Science Citation Index – SCI, Impact Factor: 6.207, DOI Information: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.022

The full article can be downloaded at the following link:

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2700386

China’s Water Environmental Management Towards Institutional Integration. A Review of Current Progress and Constraints vis-a-vis the European Experience

Journal of Cleaner Production, 113 (2016) 285-298, Elsevier, SCI, Impact Factor: 4.167 (Available online since August 2015)

Yixiang Deng

Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Sciences (CRAES)

Daniele Brombal

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Paolo Davide Farah

West Virginia University (WV, USA); gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom)

Angela Moriggi

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Andrea Critto

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Yun Zhou

Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Sciences (CRAES)

Antonio Marcomini

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Abstract

In recent years, China has launched ambitious measures to tackle water pollution. As political commitment and public investment soared, Chinese environmental scientists and practitioners have engaged in a substantial debate on the reorganization of the country’s water management system. Domestic discussion has largely revolved around best practices adopted abroad, particularly in the European Union (EU), where the Water Framework Directive (WFD) has introduced an integrated management model based on the core concept of unity of the water cycle. This paper seeks to contribute to this debate, by appraising the regulatory, administrative, monitoring, and public participation dimensions of China’s water environmental management. Related progress and constraints are discussed in the evolving context of Chinese environmental policies, against the background of the relevant EU experience. Regulatory and administrative coordination and integration, and the adoption of a watershed-based management model, appear at present as essential prerequisites to overcome the fragmentation of China’s water environmental management. Despite recent efforts in this direction, institutional rationalization is still hampered by the persistence of conflicting interests and attributions among government bodies concurring to law making and implementation.

Keywords: China, Water, Environmental Management, Institutions, EU Water Framework Directive

JEL Classification: Q20, Q25, Q13, K32, N35, N45, N55, N75, I18, K00, K23, K33, O21

Deng, Yixiang and Brombal, Daniele and Farah, Paolo Davide and Moriggi, Angela and Critto, Andrea and Zhou, Yun and Marcomini, Antonio, China’s Water Environmental Management Towards Institutional Integration. A Review of Current Progress and Constraints vis-a-vis the European Experience, Journal of Cleaner Production, 113 (2016) 285-298, Elsevier

SCI, Impact Factor: 4.167.

The full article can be downloaded at the following link: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700386

 

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