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Maintaining a river’s healthy life? An inquiry on water ethics and water praxis in the upstream region of China’s Yellow River

Sustainability of freshwater has become one of the most prominent issues in Chinese river basins. Recently, the Yellow River Conservancy Commission adopted the approach of 'Maintaining the Healthy Life of the Yellow River' (HLR) as the top principle in its management scheme. We locate arguments by HLR advocates in an ecocentric line of reasoning within Environmental Ethics. In view of crucial problems of ecocentrism, we conclude that HLR might be better grounded in the paradigm of Strong Sustainability (StS). With the case of the Hetao Irrigation Area at the upstream of the Yellow River, we recommend a StS-scenario with suggestions for policy reforms. [authors abstract]

TitleMaintaining a river’s healthy life? An inquiry on water ethics and water praxis in the upstream region of China’s Yellow River
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKerschbaumer, L, Ott, K
Paginationp. 107 - 124; 1 fig.
Date Published2013-02-01
PublisherWater Alternatives Network
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordschina yellow river, ecology, ecosystems, sustainability
Abstract

Sustainability of freshwater has become one of the most prominent issues in Chinese river basins. Recently, the Yellow River Conservancy Commission adopted the approach of 'Maintaining the Healthy Life of the Yellow River' (HLR) as the top principle in its management scheme. We locate arguments by HLR advocates in an ecocentric line of reasoning within Environmental Ethics. In view of crucial problems of ecocentrism, we conclude that HLR might be better grounded in the paradigm of Strong Sustainability (StS). With the case of the Hetao Irrigation Area at the upstream of the Yellow River, we recommend a StS-scenario with suggestions for policy reforms. [authors abstract]

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