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Developing a catchment management template to mitigate non-point source pollution in China


To develop a catchment management tomplate using bioregional planning to provide guidance on how to implement appropriate land use and land and water management. The template will integrate process, governance and science, enabling an assessment of necessary data and analytical tools to develop a plan, together with supporting stakeholder engagement, education programmes, economic incentives, regulatory instruments and governance arrangements.


Main Activities

• A literature review of the principles and exprience of circular agriculture in the UK and China

• A review of the state of nitrogen, phosphorous, organic matter, sediment and pesticide pollutant levels

• An assessment of the current availability of soils, geology and hydrogeological maps (including resolution) in China for use in assessing the vulnerability of surface and ground waters and for tarfeting land management measures

• A review of the risk assessment and modelling tools available for pollutant source identification and apportionment to inform targeting of remedial action

• A review of policy tools currently used to combat non-point pollution including economic incentives, regulation, extension advice, community-based conservation and spatial planning

•  A review of implementation needs and existing capacity

•  Development of criteria to assist in the selection of three test catchment for further study

•  A study visit to the UK from China for eposure to catchment management and best practice farming initiatives.

Expected Output

      Exchange of professionals and academics between UK and China

      Enhanced capacity in both countries to meet this challenge in future

      A mapping of the ways and means required for a catchment management template

      Reports and publications reporting the outcomes of the scoping study.



Expected Outcome

     An innovative framework linking circular agriculture, other farming best management practice for pollution mitigation and landscape management as a control stategy for diffuse and small poiint source pollution problems in intensive farming areas

      For international development agencies including DFID a catchment management template of releveance to increasingly demanding land and water protection challenges across many developing countries

      Understanding of urban and rural flows of biomass, waste, pollutants and energy from China to inform UK approaches

      Enhanced capacity in China and UK to meet the challenges of climate change.


Project partners

School of Oriental and African Studies: Laurence Smith, Peter Hazell


Independent consultant: Alex Inman


Kington University, London: Hadrian Cook


University of East Anglia: Kevin Hiscock, Tobias Krueger


Agro-Environmental Protection Institutino, MoA: Gao Shangbin, Yang Dianlin, Lai Xin,

Zhang Guilong, Zhao jianning, Song Xiaolong


China Agricultural University: Wu Wenliang, Meng Fanqiao


Northwest Agricultural and Forestal University: Li Lutang


China South Agricultural University: Luo Shiming, Zhang jiaen, Li Huashou


Fro more information please visit: http://www.sainonline.org

or contact

In the UK: Laurence Smith

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy         Schoole of Oriental and African Studies, University of London                                 UK

Tel: +44(0)207 898 4204        Email: l.smith@soas.ac.uk

In China: Prof Gao Shangbin

Agro-Environment Protection Institution, Ministry of Agricultureies                        No 31, Fukang Road, Nankai District, Tianjin, 300191    China

Tel: +86(0) 222 3003806         Email: gaoshib@agri.gov.cn


The project is funded by the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and by China's Ministry of Agriculture. The project forms part of the UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network-SAIN(see www.sainoline.org)





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