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Managing China’s Water–Ambition, Crisis, and Adaptation

September 30, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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This presentation is a continuation of the Urban & Water Thematic Group’s “Talk Shop” series.

Of all the world’s large economies, China has put forward perhaps the most ambitious policies to address a multi-faceted water crisis common to many other countries and regions: the need to provide adequate supplies of water to a growing diversity of users, including the environment; the need to protect water quality as pollution sources grow; and the need to manage water supplies under increasingly unpredictable cycles of flooding and shortage. This talk explores how China has sought to manage its water resources amid rapid economic growth and enormous pressure. It describes China’s success, failures, lingering challenges, and the lessons that other countries can draw from one of the greatest efforts ever undertaken to manage the world’s most precious resource.


Scott Moore is a political scientist whose work focuses on water politics and policy, especially in China and South Asia. Scott is currently a Senior Fellow at the Penn Water Center as well as Director of China Programs and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Provost and Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Until 2018, Scott was a Young Professional and Water Resources Management Specialist with the World Bank Water Global Practice, where he co-led a study of China’s water sector with the Development Research Center of the State Council and was a co-author of two flagship reports, High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy, and Uncharted Waters: the New Economics of Water Scarcity and Variability. Previously, Scott served as Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer for China at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change, and prior to that was Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University. He has published widely on the full range of global water issues in leading publications including Nature, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. He is also the author of Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. Scott holds a doctorate in Politics and a master’s degree in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton.

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September 30, 2021
11:30 am - 12:30 pm



The 1818 Society Urban and Water Thematic Group