Global Water Forum
China -- Environmental conditions, City planning -- China, Urban policy -- China, Water resources development -- China, Water-supply -- China
The article discusses China’s South-North Water Transfer Project (SNWTP) and argues that not only does the SNWTP reflect existing spatially articulated power discrepancies, but it reinforces and potentially exacerbates those inequalities by prioritizing Beijing’s present and future water needs above those of its neighbors and locking them in place for decades to come. Smaller, regional cities and rural areas — Shijiazhuang and Baoding in Hebei, Nanyang in Henan and the gritty, struggling towns and villages around Danjiangkou Reservoir — might have gained muchneeded jobs and government investment in the short term around the construction of the Middle Route, but without access to adequate water resources over the longrun, the SNWTP ensures a bleak future for these kinds of places.
Crow-Miller, Britt. 2014. “Diverted Opportunity: Inequality and what the South-North Water Transfer Project really means for China’s future.” GWF Discussion Paper 1409, Global Water Forum, Canberra, Australia