Maintaining a River’s Healthy Life? An Inquiry on Water Ethics and Water Praxis in the Upstream Region of China’s Yellow River .

Ott, Konrad and Kerschbaumer, Lilin (2013) Maintaining a River’s Healthy Life? An Inquiry on Water Ethics and Water Praxis in the Upstream Region of China’s Yellow River . Water Alternatives, 6 (1). pp. 107-124.

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Abstract

Sustainability of freshwater has become one of the most prominent issues in Chinese river basins.
Recently, the Yellow River Conservancy Commission adopted the approach of 'Maintaining the Healthy Life of the
Yellow River' (HLR) as the top principle in its management scheme. We locate arguments by HLR advocates in an
ecocentric line of reasoning within Environmental Ethics. In view of crucial problems of ecocentrism, we conclude
that HLR might be better grounded in the paradigm of Strong Sustainability (StS). With the case of the Hetao
Irrigation Area at the upstream of the Yellow River, we recommend a StS-scenario with suggestions for policy
reforms.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: The Yellow River, ecocentrism, water ethics, sustainability, Hetao irrigation area, China
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R03
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R02
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R01
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2017 20:43
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2017 08:38
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/37270

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