Teilprojekt M1
Titel Good Water Governance
Startmonat 1
Endmonat 36
Hauptstandorte in China Shenyang, also: Kunming
Involvierte Partner LHF

Work specification

WP1: System analysis

  • Research on administrative structures in the area of the Liao river and the Dian Lake: data review and evaluation
  • Selection of suitable topics / individual indicators and model sites for in-depth administrative analyses (e.g. monitoring, mode of action, waste water levy, notices, ESS)

WP2: Criteria catalogue

  • Development of a new, holistic criteria catalogue on Good Water Governance
  • Adaptation and further development of the catalogue based on the results from previous years
  • Modeling of water quality in the catchment area of the Liaohe using the ECO Lab Model
  • Implementation of the criteria catalogue as a tool for the introduction of an IWRM

WP3: Determination of target values

  • Verification of target values in Chinese water management
  • Development of new target values for the Chinese water sector in cooperation with affiliated partners

WP4: Recommendations and implementation

  • Recommendations for actions and future strategies
  • Implementation of new planning tools and solution approaches in the investigated area



M1 – Good Water Governance

Simply copying the European approach to water management to the Chinese system cannot be successful due to organizational and cultural differences. However, it may be beneficial to investigate to what degree the Chinese water management complies with the criteria of Good Water Governance.  On the one hand, this requires the specification of structures and involved institutions. On the other hand, sufficient and significant criteria have to be defined that allow the assessment of the system and the identification of shortfalls. Module M1 addresses these objectives by first describing the relevant structures and then assessing technical and legal as well as organizational and administrative options for improvement.

The project’s objectives include …

  • development and optimization of criteria for Good Water Governance
  • consideration of tangible and intangible criteria
  • definition of models and target values
  • possibilities for the implementation of IWRM
  • development and implementation of recommended actions for the Chinese water sector
  • structures for improved analytical capability and decision-making on a normative as well as operative level, based on cooperative, participative and specific ecological investigation approaches
  • strategies and recommendations on a legal and normative level
  • support in introducing an IWRM: concrete operative implementation of water-related know-how in China, improvement of administrative procedures

Involved Chinese partners


  • MEP (Ministry of Environmental Protection)
  • CRAES (Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences)
  • CAEP (Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning)


  • Liaoning-EPB (Environmental Protection Bureau)
  • Liaohe-(protection-) Bureau (辽河保护区管理局)
  • LAES (Liaoning Academy of Environmental Sciences)
  • Yunnan-EPB (Environmental Protection Bureau)


  • Shenyang-EPB (Environmental Protection Bureau)
  • Shenyang-WRB (Water Resources Bureau)
  • SAES (Shenyang Academy of Environmental Sciences)
  • Local government of Kunming: EPB, WRB