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This book is the result of a collaborative effort between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design (GIWP), Ministry of Water Resources, People's Republic of China (PRC). GIWP has been tasked with coordinating the review and revision of a number of PRC's water policies, including PRC's master basin plans, the national water strategy, and the development of new inter-provincial water allocation plans. This book was originally conceived to provide support to these processes through the review and dissemination of modern approaches to water management challenges. The final product provides systematic analyses of the general process and methodologies for basin planning which the authors consider to have universal relevance.
The main purpose of this document is to present an overview and synthesis of principles, procedures and techniques used in basin planning.
Executive Summary
Figures and Tables
Background and Overview of Strategic Basin Planning
  • Role, History and Evolution of Basin Planning
  • Strategic Approach to Basin Planning
  • Purpose and Goals of Basin Planning
  • Planning Framework for Basin Planning
  • Content and Structure of a Basin Plan
  • Process of Developing a Basin Plan
  • Strategic Environmental Basin Planning
  • Enabling Environment and Implementation
Techniques for Basin Planning
  • Baseline Situation Assessment
  • Engaging Trends and Uncertainty
  • Developing the Basin Plan
  • Balancing Objectives and Managing Trade-offs
  • Developing Thematic Plans
  • Postscript