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Policy changes in dam construction and biodiversity conservation in the Yangtze River Basin, China

Xu, Hong; Pittock, James

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Damming rivers addresses a range of society's needs, but at the cost of fragmentation and other negative effects on freshwater ecosystems. This article examines hydropower development and fish conservation in the Upper Yangtze River Basin to explore strategies for managing dams more sustainably at the basin scale. We highlight the need to limit the effects of hydropower dams on freshwater biodiversity, and that protecting fish in reserves could be one of the most effective approaches to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorXu, Hong
dc.contributor.authorPittock, James
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-10T00:08:41Z
dc.identifier.issn1323-1650
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/222432
dc.description.abstractDamming rivers addresses a range of society's needs, but at the cost of fragmentation and other negative effects on freshwater ecosystems. This article examines hydropower development and fish conservation in the Upper Yangtze River Basin to explore strategies for managing dams more sustainably at the basin scale. We highlight the need to limit the effects of hydropower dams on freshwater biodiversity, and that protecting fish in reserves could be one of the most effective approaches to limiting the ecological effects of dams on fish. However, in the Yangtze River basin there are dams on the rivers in all but 1 of the 14 fish reserves mapped in this study, thus compromising the effectiveness of the reserves. In addition, the removal of some dams may not be as effective as suggested. Thus, we propose that limiting dam construction in protected tributaries is a ready-to-adopt conservation strategy. However, the adoption of this policy by the Chinese government will be determined by which of two competing policy changes (i.e. gradual or sudden) in the policy subsystem of dam construction will prevail. In this paper we illustrate how greater triage in the Upper Yangtze River Basin can deliver services to people and conserve freshwater biodiversity.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research received funding supported from the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University (Australian Research Council Discovery Project: PJ03184 Powers/DP190101253) and the China Scholarship Council (Grant number 201808190012 to Hongzhang Xu) for living expenses.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCSLI Publications
dc.rights© CSIRO 2020
dc.sourceMarine and Freshwater Research
dc.titlePolicy changes in dam construction and biodiversity conservation in the Yangtze River Basin, China
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume72
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor050205 - Environmental Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1055894xPUB259
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/126.htm
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationXu, Hongzhang, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPittock, James, College of Science, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP190101253
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage16
local.identifier.doi10.1071/MF20011
local.identifier.absseo960799 - Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo961302 - Protected Conservation Areas in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
dc.date.updated2022-02-20T07:21:21Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85087564172
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