Collaboration with Chinese Government and WWF identifies best practice for drought management

Paul Sayers is working with the Chinese Government and WWF to identify world best practice for risk-based drought planning and management. He will present findings at the Asian Water Week 2013 to be held on 13-15 March in Manila, Phillipines.

The Chinese Government has committed significant resources to address water resource management issues across the country. Drought is one particular challenge, which occurs regularly in China and often has very significant social, economic and environmental consequences.

As climate change increases uncertainty about future rainfall patterns, potentially increasing the frequency and severity of droughts, it is important that sophisticated drought planning and management is mainstreamed in China.

Oxford’s Paul Sayers is part of an on-going collaboration between WWF and the Chinese Government’s General Institute of Water Resources & Hydropower Planning (GIWP), aimed at synthesising lessons from international experiences in this field and identifying world best practice. This information will be used to support GIWP in its role as key planning agency under the Ministry of Water Resources. The results will also contribute to WWF’s freshwater work globally.

In March, Sayers will meet with WWF, GIWP and the Asian Development Bank in Manila to discuss the development of strategic drought planning guidance. This will include the principles, methods and approaches for undertaking risk-based drought planning and management as a means of supporting the overarching goals of the river basin plan and other related management objectives. Sayers will also present results at the Asian Water Week 2013.

This latest work continues a four year long collaboration on water-related issues, with earlier projects focusing on river basin management, water allocation and strategic flood risk management.

Paul Sayers is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment.

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