Technical Research on Integrated Permitting of Water Resources

This report by Martin Griffiths, Dong Yanfei, Cheng Dongsheng, Palle Grevy and Liu Linghua investigates integrated water resources permitting policy and practice in Europe and China and develops options for potential review and reform in China.  The activity was undertaken under the Governance Pillar of the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP).  It examines the current water resource regulatory and permitting approaches in Europe, focusing on UK and Denmark.  It also reviews current water resource permitting in China.  The study aimed to develop a common understanding of permitting methodology, with a view to understanding principles and practice with the potential for application in China.

This report was prepared by a team of European and Chinese experts and practitioners who undertook the study with a view to developing a common understanding of options available to water managers that will increase water security and could speed up the reform of water resource management in China.

Knowledge exchange on water permitting was a key aim. Workshops, lectures and seminars were held with water managers from south and north China and with other influential groups.  Internships and a structured training programme to Hungary, UK and Denmark were linked to this work.

The work formed part of the EU EU-China Policy Dialogues Support Facility (PDSF) and brought together the following partners; Minstry of Water Resources, China, DG Environment (ENV), International Economic and Technical Exchange and Cooperation Centre of the Ministry of Water, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research and Grontmij A/S.

Read the report here.