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Study on Trans-Boundary Water Quality and Quantity Ecological Compensation Standard: A Case of the Bahao Bridge Section in Yongding River, China

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State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, No.8, Da Yang Fang, An Wai, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100012, China
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Urban Drainage Maintenance Management of Linyi City in Shandong Province, No.86, Liuqing Dong Road, Lan Shan District, Linyi 276000, China
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Water 2021, 13(11), 1488; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111488
Received: 6 April 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 22 May 2021 / Published: 26 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
Watershed ecological compensation, as an important means to protect the environment and promote the sustainable and coordinated development of upstream and downstream has wide concern in China. At present, the compensation accounting method only assesses water quality. When applied to some northern rivers represented by the Yongding River, which are facing water shortage, the assessment of water quality indicators alone cannot effectively compensate the ecosystem service providers for their expenditure on the environment. This paper proposes a transboundary water quality and quantity ecological compensation standard model, which couples the water quality ecological compensation standard of pollutant reduction and the water quantity ecological compensation standard based on the restoration cost method. We set up two scenarios using the model to calculate the amount of compensation payable under the actual scenario in 2018, which is USD 68.2 million. The amount of compensation under the local environmental policy target scenario is USD 10.6–82.668–529 million. It was concluded that the funds obtained from this model can cover the rehabilitation cost and meet the benefits of the upstream and downstream, making compensation funds more reasonable. However, based on the cross-sectional assessment, there is still a lack of integrity and comprehensiveness for the river basin. The development of watershed ecological compensation should move from the game of upstream and downstream interests to a win–win situation. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecological compensation; ecological compensation standard; payment for ecosystem services (PES); Yongding River ecological compensation; ecological compensation standard; payment for ecosystem services (PES); Yongding River
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Wang, Y.; Yang, R.; Li, X.; Zhang, L.; Liu, W.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Liu, Q. Study on Trans-Boundary Water Quality and Quantity Ecological Compensation Standard: A Case of the Bahao Bridge Section in Yongding River, China. Water 2021, 13, 1488. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111488

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Wang Y, Yang R, Li X, Zhang L, Liu W, Zhang Y, Liu Y, Liu Q. Study on Trans-Boundary Water Quality and Quantity Ecological Compensation Standard: A Case of the Bahao Bridge Section in Yongding River, China. Water. 2021; 13(11):1488. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111488

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Wang, Yizhuo, Rongjin Yang, Xiuhong Li, Le Zhang, Weiguo Liu, Yi Zhang, Yunzhi Liu, and Qiang Liu. 2021. "Study on Trans-Boundary Water Quality and Quantity Ecological Compensation Standard: A Case of the Bahao Bridge Section in Yongding River, China" Water 13, no. 11: 1488. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111488

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