The Yangtze River Basin is the socio-economic powerhouse of China. The upper reach of the Yangtze River is called Jinsha River. In the last 2-3 decades, the Jinsha River Basin has experienced warmer temperatures and increasing extreme events such as flooding and drought, causing significant economic loss. At the same time, different sectors and stakeholders are very sensitive to water issues and climate change: Industry, residential areas, hydropower, agriculture, ecosystems and tourism.
A Sino-Swiss cooperation project
To build a solid foundation to improve the overall water resource management in the Jinsha River Basin and to adapt successfully to climate change and socio-economic development, Switzerland and China have launched this project. Lijiang, located in the north-western part of Yunnan Province, serves as a pilot region where the current water situation and their trends are analyzed. Switzerland and China have been cooperating for over ten years in the areas of water management and climate change. Both countries are severely affected by the impacts of climate change on water resources.
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