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Comprehensive Study on Freshwater Ecosystem Health of Lancang River Basin in Xishuangbanna of China

by 1, 2 and 1,*
1
College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
2
Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, Beijing 100035, China
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Water 2020, 12(6), 1716; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061716
Received: 27 April 2020 / Revised: 8 June 2020 / Accepted: 10 June 2020 / Published: 16 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination)
The Lancang-Mekong River significantly affects the livelihood of residents in the basin as well as the lives of people in other regions of the world in terms of great development potential and its economic and ecological values. In the meanwhile, the river attracts the attention of countries in the basin and the international community because it raises potential for international conflicts. The Lancang-Mekong River leaves China from Xishuangbanna and the ecosystem status in Xishuangbanna constitutes one of the top concerns related to the basin. The study comprehensively evaluates the status of freshwater ecosystem health of the Lancang River in Xishuangbanna for the first time, with reference to aspects of ecosystem vitality, ecosystem services, as well as governance and stakeholders, firstly, linking the ecosystem and the benefits it provides as well as human activities as an organic whole. The methodology used, Freshwater Health Index, is newly developed and constitutes revision of the first attempt of its usage. Basically, the freshwater ecosystem in the studied area and period remains healthy according to the research, and the ecosystem is considered to be capable of providing sufficient services and benefits to meet the economic and societal development demands. Recommendations are proposed for more sustainable local freshwater management and utilization accordingly. View Full-Text
Keywords: Lancang River; Xishuangbanna; Freshwater ecosystem health Lancang River; Xishuangbanna; Freshwater ecosystem health
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Wen, Z.; Li, X.; Li, T. Comprehensive Study on Freshwater Ecosystem Health of Lancang River Basin in Xishuangbanna of China. Water 2020, 12, 1716.

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Wen Z, Li X, Li T. Comprehensive Study on Freshwater Ecosystem Health of Lancang River Basin in Xishuangbanna of China. Water. 2020; 12(6):1716.

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Wen, Zhuqing; Li, Xia; Li, Tianhong. 2020. "Comprehensive Study on Freshwater Ecosystem Health of Lancang River Basin in Xishuangbanna of China" Water 12, no. 6: 1716.

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