CLiGS in China

With close to 1.5 billion citizens, including a middle-class that is estimated to grow from 12% in 2010 to 50% of the population by 2021, China’s changing patterns of consumption and migration are of global significance.  As people earn more money, access to health, education, and capital increases creating new opportunities for improving quality of life.  It also means huge numbers of people are consuming more protein-based foods, buying more consumer goods, traveling more, demanding more energy and water, etc. China is unquestionably on a fast economic development trajectory, but at what risk? Can the country’s ecological infrastructure keep up?  What systems and initiatives are in place to ensure the sustainability of ecosystem services, particularly water resources, that so much of this development relies on?

Since 2010, CLiGS has worked in the Upper Mekong Basin in Yunnan Province, the Yangtze River Delta in the metropolitan area surrounding Shanghai, and the Lijiang River in Guangxi Province, exploring the implications of various economic development strategies on the ecological infrastructure systems of the region, namely water systems, and what opportunities and strategies are available to manage these more sustainably.

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Robert Fried
Associate
Pam Leonard
Visiting Fellow
Michael Mortimer
Senior Fellow, Director, Faculty
Andrew Perlstein
Fellow, Asst. Director, Faculty
David Robertson
Senior Fellow, Faculty, and Associate Director of Executive Programs
Program Coordinator for the Yunnan Sustainability Network
Dequn Zhou
International Fellow