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Public Participation of the River Chief System in China: Current Trends, Problems, and Perspectives

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College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Research and Training Center for River Chief System, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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School of Law, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
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Water 2020, 12(12), 3496; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123496
Received: 30 October 2020 / Revised: 9 December 2020 / Accepted: 10 December 2020 / Published: 12 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
The River Chief System (RCS) is an effective measure for China to solve complex water problems and maintain the health of rivers and lakes. It is an institutional innovation to improve the water governance system and ensure national water security. Guiding and encouraging the public to participate in the construction of the RCS can promote the improvement of the level of social governance. The RCS is an effective supplement and supervision to the performance of the river chief and related departments, which can effectively promote the transformation of the RCS from nominal to practical and efficient. This study summarizes the innovative models and practical effects of, and public participation in, the RCS, analyzes the prominent problems, and proposes some measures to maximize the influence of public participation. The study provides insights on how to ensure the long-term operation of the RCS, a reference for countries around the world as a suitable solution for the sustainable management of water environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: River Chief System; public participation; collaborative governance; sustainable management; watershed management River Chief System; public participation; collaborative governance; sustainable management; watershed management
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Wu, C.; Ju, M.; Wang, L.; Gu, X.; Jiang, C. Public Participation of the River Chief System in China: Current Trends, Problems, and Perspectives. Water 2020, 12, 3496. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123496

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Wu C, Ju M, Wang L, Gu X, Jiang C. Public Participation of the River Chief System in China: Current Trends, Problems, and Perspectives. Water. 2020; 12(12):3496. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123496

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Wu, Chenhui, Maosen Ju, Longfei Wang, Xiangyi Gu, and Cuiling Jiang. 2020. "Public Participation of the River Chief System in China: Current Trends, Problems, and Perspectives" Water 12, no. 12: 3496. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123496

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