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Water sensitive urban design : landscape planning and design to improve water quality in Shijiazhaung and Yueyang

Lawson, Gill M. & Wang, Peng (2009) Water sensitive urban design : landscape planning and design to improve water quality in Shijiazhaung and Yueyang. In The Sino-Canadian Forum on Water Resource Protection Under Climate Change and Sustainable Development, 7-8 November 2009.

Abstract

Water quality issues are heavily dependent on land development and management decisions within river and lake catchments or watersheds. Economic benefits of urbanisation may be short‐ lived without cleaner environmental outcomes. However, whole‐of‐catchment thinking is not, as yet, as frequent a consideration in urban planning and development in China as it is in many other countries. Water is predominantly seen as a resource to be ‘owned’ by different jurisdictions and allocated to numerous users, both within a catchment and between catchments. An alternative to this approach is to think of water in the same way as other commodities that must be kept moving through a complex transport system. Water must ultimately arrive at particular destinations in the biosphere, although it travels across a broad landscape and may be held up temporarily at certain places along the way. While water extraction can be heavily controlled, water pollution is far more difficult to regulate. Both have significant impacts on water availability and flows both now and in the future. As Chinese cities strive to improve economic conditions for their citizens, new centres are being rebuilt and environmental valued

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ID Code: 33019
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Landscape Design, Landscape Ecology, Chinese Landscapes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (050100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2010 07:49
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 04:10

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