Yangtze River Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China: Overview of Key Provisions and Policy Recommendations
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This brief discusses policy recommendations for the Yangtze River Protection Law (YRPL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that can also guide legislation on the preservation of other river basins in developing countries.
The YRPL represents a legislative landmark for strengthening policy and regulatory frameworks to achieve environmental protection in the PRC’s largest and most significant river basin. The policy recommendations presented here were prepared under ADB’s technical assistance project to provide technical guidance on the formulation and design of the YRPL covering the following areas: (i) institutional coordination, (ii) policy mechanisms, (iii) environmental and water quality standards, (iv) monitoring methods and systems, and (v) environmental flow assessment.