This PDA is helping to set up a Payment for Watershed Services (PWS) mechanism in Chishui River Basin to address deteriorating ecosystems and improve the livelihood of poor upstream residents.
The Wuma River, the main branch of Chishui River, originates from the town of Changgang, southeast of Renhuai City, flows through Tanchang, Wuma, Luban to the west, and into the town of Maoba. It is approximately 45 kilometers long. The area of the Wuma watershed is estimated at 625.14 square kilometers.
The good quality and stable quantity of water in the Wuma River are crucial for the efficient and profitable operation of liquor-manufacturing enterprises located downstream. At present, about 57% of the total basin faces serious soil erosion. This represents approximately 80,000 tons of sediment flowing into Chishui River every year. Water contamination is another problem and is caused by unsustainable land uses by upstream farmers and untreated drainage of domestic wastes.
The PDA is helping to
Innovative market-oriented payment mechanism for watershed conservation and livelihood improvement established and replicated in other watersheds
|Site||Chishui River Basin, People’s Republic of China|
|ADB Officer||Yi Jiang|