Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions ›› 2015, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (6): 736-746.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1226.2015.00736

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A review of water resources utilization and protection in Southwest China

CuiFang Wu1, Steve Déry2, WanCai Wu3, XueBin Liu4, JinHui Xiong4, WenQi Gao4   

  1. 1. School of Agriculture &Forestry Economics and Management, Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics, Lanzhou, Gansu 730080, China;
    2. Department of Geography, Université Laval, Quebec City, G1V 0A6, Canada;
    3. Center of Teaching Guidance, Gansu Radio &TV University, Lanzhou, Gansu 730030, China;
    4. School of Economics, Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics, Lanzhou, Gansu 730080, China
  • Received:2015-03-16 Revised:2015-05-14 Published:2018-11-23
  • Contact: CuiFang Wu
  • Supported by:
    This research was funded by the National Social Science Foundation of China (No. 10CGL050).

Abstract: Yunnan and Guizhou are two provinces in Southwest China where in recent years drought disasters have occurred due to natural and human factors. This paper reviewed literature and summarized the related achievements of water resources utilization and protection in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. This included characters and utilization of precipitation, rivers, and karst ground water in the two provinces, and also the various explanations of drought (climate and human factors) and strategies for coping with droughts. Our concluding remarks highlight three lines of future studies: inequalities and equitable use of water distribution, better evaluation systems, and raising awareness through conservation practices.

Key words: water resources, water utilization and protection, drought, karst water, China

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