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Freshwater stress has become a defining challenge in China. Insatiable demands for water are damaging ecosystems, constraining economic growth, and impacting lives. Pollution from industry, agriculture and urban areas are rendering more freshwater unusable or very expensive to treat. And climate change also is making this situation worse.

Water security has risen to an unprecedented political height in China. However, many government, business and civil society leaders face barriers that leave them unable to respond to these risks. They lack sufficient and timely information about local, regional or national water risks. They can’t analyze tradeoffs of different economic alternatives And fragmented water governance and management hinders sustainable development and climate mitigation.

WRI works with governments, businesses, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future.

WRI China Water Team works with global teams and partners to tailor the WRI Aqueduct Global Water Risk Atlas for China by using the most up-to-date water data. We study the water-energy tradeoff in both urban water system and the energy sector. Our research explores innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban water systems and identifies the most cost-effective approaches to reducing water pollution. And we work to inform policy makers of solutions to alleviate China’s water stress.

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