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Final Report

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Assessing river health and environmental flow requirements in Chinese rivers

Summary of the project work, describing goals, method, scientific basis, results, and recommendations for future river health monitoring and environmental flow assessment and implementation.

 中国河流健康与环境流量项目总结报告

14MB PDF

 


Draft guidelines

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Technical regulation for the assessment of river health

Guideline describing a method for assessing river health suitable for China's rivers and presented to MEP as a draft national guideline for consideration. Includes detail on sampling, indicators, benchmarks and scoring. 
2.3MB PDF

 


Pilot study reports

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Assessment of river health in the Pearl River Basin (Gui sub-catchment)

Technical report on the river health assessment of the Gui River. Describes methods for assessing river health related to multiple objectives, including water quality, biota, and hydrology.

珠江流域(桂江流域)河流健康评价

9.5MB PDF
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Assessment of River Health in the Liao River Basin (Taizi Sub-Catchment)

Technical report on the river health assessment of the Taizi River. Describes methods for assessing river health related to multiple objectives, including water quality, biota, and hydrology.
19MB PDF
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Assessment of River Health in the Lower Yellow River

Technical report on the river health assessment of the lower Yellow River. Describes methods for assessing river health related to multiple objectives, including water quality, biota.

黄河下游河流健康评价

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Environmental Flows Assessment for the Lower Yellow River

Technical report on an environmental flows assessment for the lower Yellow River. The report consists of two parts. The first part Identifies key ecological assets and their flow requirements and includes a comprehensive review of literature on river health and environmental flows in the lower Yellow River. The second part details hydraulic surveys and modelling for the pilot site and presents a consolidated set of flow recommendations.

黄河下游环境流量评估: 地点,资产,问题和目标 

黄河下游环境流量研究: 生态水力模型与流量建议

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Environmental flows assessment for the Li River

Technical report describing an environmental flows assessment for the Li River, including asset identification, selection of objectives, hydraulic modelling, and flow recommendations.
1.6MB PDF
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Scheduling water use in the Yellow River to meet ecological objectives

Technical report describing an assessment of water demands in the Yellow River, based on economic modelling, and scenario analysis using a water use optimisation model to assess options for balancing competing demands in allocating and managing water for the ecological purposes.
4.5MB PDF
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Comparison and development of indicators of hydrological health

Technical report on hydrology-based methods for assessing river health. Includes application of two new assessment methods: one based on compliance with environmental flow requirements, and another using eight generic flow parameters and testing deviation away from a reference period. Includes assessment of hydrological health in the three pilot sites.
7.5MB PDF

 

 

Policy and technical reports

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Policy measures report

Policy Measures, Mechanisms and Framework for Addressing Environmental Flows

Policy review and framework - review of international approaches to environmental flows assessment and implementation. Includes review of approaches to use of eco-regionalisation in environmental flows, as well as methods for reallocating water to meet environmental requirements. Proposes a generic framework for environmental flows implementation.
13.7MB PDF
Ecological Health Assessment

Ecological health assessment of large freshwater rivers, lakes and reservoirs

Discussion paper providing a review of international approaches to sampling large water bodies, including rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and discussion of key issues for consideration in designing a monitoring program.
891KB PDF
Requirements Report

Requirements for a routine river health monitoring programme

Technical report describing a framework for implementing a routing monitoring program, including quality assurance and quality control, data management.
2.6MB PDF
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Development of physical form indicators

Technical report on methods for assessing river health based on the physical form of a river system.
2.3MB PDF
 


Methodology and background reports

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River Health Indicators, Assessment and Applications for River Management, Planning and Policy Making

Discussion paper - provides an overview of approaches to river health assessment. It provides a generic framework for assessing river condition and formed the basis of the project methodology. Identifies the key considerations in developing a river health assessment program, and includes several Australian case studies.
4.1MB PDF
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Environmental Flows Assessment Framework and Methods, including Environmental Assets Identification and Water Re-allocation

Discussion paper – provides an overview of approaches to environmental flow assessment. It provides a generic framework for assessing environmental flow needs and formed the basis of the project methodology.
1.8MB PDF
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A Holistic, Asset-Based Framework for Evaluating River Health, Environmental Flows and Water Re-allocation

Framework - provides an integrated framework for river health and environmental flow assessment, based on the two discussion papers. Forms the basis for the project methodology.
1.3MB PDF
Yellow River Report

Report on data and information on river health and environmental flows in the Yellow River Basin

Background report - provides comprehensive information on the pilot study region, including the physical, ecological and developmental characteristics of the catchment, key environmental assets, threats to river health, and management activities and priorities.
832KB PDF
Liao River Report

Report on data and information on river health in the Liao River Basin (Taizi Catchment)

Background report - provides comprehensive information on the pilot study region, including the physical, ecological and developmental characteristics of the catchment, key environmental assets, threats to river health, and management activities and priorities.
14MB PDF
Pearl River Report

Report on data and information on river health in the Pearl River Basin (Gui River Catchment)

Background report - provides comprehensive information on the pilot study region, including the physical, ecological and developmental characteristics of the catchment, key environmental assets, threats to river health, and management activities and priorities.
11MB PDF

 

Public participation and social impact

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Socio economic report

Socio-economic impact and public participation in China environmental flows implementation

Policy review - review of existing laws, policies, practices and case studies in China related to socio-economic impact assessment and public participation when implementing environmental flows.
278KB PDF
Stakeholder engagement report

River health and environmental flow in China: Stakeholder engagement and public participation

Policy review and framework - overview options for engaging stakeholders and allowing for public participation in the process of river health and environmental flow assessments. Describes the considerations in developing a stakeholder engagement strategy and presents a generic framework.
394KB PDF

Project management reports

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Project management report

Project communications and capacity building report

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