Reviving Lakes and Wetlands in the People’s Republic of China, Volume 2: Lessons Learned on Integrated Water Pollution Control from Chao Lake Basin

Publication | October 2015

Chao Lake is the fifth largest freshwater lake in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Recent lessons in its rehabilitation add to the growing knowledge on lake and wetland rehabilitation in the PRC.

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This publication continues the ADB’s analysis of lake and wetland rehabilitation in the PRC and examines how the current situation in the Chao Lake Basin compares with international thinking on the conditions necessary for sustainable management of lake basins. The analysis highlights that the creation of the Chao Lake Management Authority (CLMA) and the formulation of the master plan do not mean the problem has been solved, only that the basic framework for solving the problem has been created. Building CLMA capacity, focusing more on managing agricultural pollution, introducing incentives to change farmer behavior, and updating the master plan to ensure its relevance are four key actions for the government to undertake in the coming years, if not decades.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • National Trends and Challenges in Lake Water Pollution Control and Protection
  • Chao Lake: A Promising Case Study
  • International Experiences
  • Observations and Recommendations for Strengthening Chao Lake Strategy
  • Policy Directions from Chao Lake Experience
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Climate resilience and environmental sustainability
  • Environment
  • Natural resources conservation
  • Environmental policy and legislation
  • Water
  • Water Resource Management
  • China, People's Republic of
  • 82
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT157627-2
  • 978-92-9257-109-2 (print)
  • 978-92-9257-110-8 (electronic)

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