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Sustainable Integrated Watershed Management in Arid and Semi-arid Regions: A case of the Heihe River Basin, China (Oasis Unit 2014)

Last updated September 26, 2014
Field visit in Hexi Corridor

Field visit in Hexi Corridor

 

 

Aim and Contents

China supports over 20% of the world’s population with the agricultural produce grown on its arable land. However, the arid and semi-arid regions of northern China experience the challenge of managing the limited water resource for irrigated agricultural development. In the Heihe river basin, the second largest inland river in China, intensive agricultural practices in the middle reaches have resulted in environmental degradation to the lower reaches, which prompted environmental conservation activities in recent years. The Heihe River basin, therefore, provides a suitable case for the students to consider how to achieve sustainable development from the perspective of watershed management.

 

In the academic year 2014, the global field exercise is jointly coordinated in cooperation of three institutions including the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GENV) of Sophia University, and the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science - Global Leadership Initiative of the University of Tokyo. During two weeks of the field survey, Japan-side students and China-side students collaborated closely with each other. They were grouped into five teams based on their research inetrests and conducted surveys on the topics including: 1) farmland transfer and adoption of water-saving irrigation technology, 2) water rights trading potential between industrial and agricultural sector, 3) public participation in water resources management, 4) role of environmental media in water-saving society construction and 5) ecological tourism and industrial structure transformation. At the end of the field survey, the students reported their survey results as well as exchanged ideas with the local Water Conservancy Bureau on the pratice of water resources management in the region.

 

Keywords

Heihe River basin, arid region, irrigated agricultural development, environmental policy, and integrated water resources management

 

Time and Place

Date: August 3-15, 2014

Place: Zhangye City, Gansu Province, China
(Middle reaches of the Heihe River basin)

 

Collaborating partners/ organisations

Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University

 

Related faculty members

  • Professor Eiji YAMAJI, Department of International Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Guided Field Visits to Irrigation ChannelsSciences (GSFS), The University of Tokyo / Rural Development & Planning, Land Consolidation
    Guided Field Visits to Irrigation Channels

    Guided Field Visits to Irrigation Channels

  • Assistant Professor Tomohiro AKIYAMA, GPSS, GSFS, The University of Tokyo / Hydrology, Remote Sensing, GIS, Integral Studies
  • Lecturer Jia LI, Department of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture / Economics, International Development
  • Professor LI Xin, Laboratory of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Science, CAREERI, CAS
  • Professor MA Minguo, Laboratory of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Science, CAREERI, CAS
  • Professor WANG Jian, Laboratory of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Science, CAREERI, CAS
  • Professor Guangwei HUANG, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University / River environment engineering, Hydrology, Limnology 
  • Professor Shingo SHIBATA, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University / Environmental Policy and Forest Management
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