Contributor: Debra Tan

Debra Tan

About Debra Tan

Debra heads the CWR team and has steered the CWR brand from idea to a leader in the water risk conversation globally. Reports she has written for and with financial institutions analyzing the impact of water risks on the Power, Mining, Agricultural and Textiles industries have been considered groundbreaking and instrumental in understanding not just China’s but future global water challenges. One of these led the fashion industry to nominate CWR as a finalist for the Global Leadership Awards in Sustainable Apparel; another is helping to build consensus toward water risk valuation. Debra is a prolific speaker on water risk delivering keynotes, participating in panel discussions at water prize seminars, numerous investor & industry conferences as well as G2G and academic forums. Before venturing into “water”, she worked in finance, spending over a decade as a chartered accountant and investment banker specializing in M&A and strategic advisory. Debra left banking to pursue her interest in photography and also ran and organized philanthropic and luxury holidays for a small but global private members travel network She has lived and worked in Beijing, HK, KL, London, New York and Singapore and spends her spare time exploring glaciers in Asia.

Two Sessions, Five Highlights For Water

An ‘ecological civilization’ is now embedded in China’s constitution and ministerial reform has been tabled. Find out what this means for water in our review of this year’s Two Sessions. Pay attention or risk being blindsided … more

5 Trends For 2018: The Year Of The Dog

We could be heading for dog days this year and China is getting ready with economic planning that considers water and climate. Check out our 5 trends and stay ahead of the pack … more

Hopes & Fears While Remaining Irrationally Exuberant

China Water Risk’s Tan shares her musings from not kidding ourselves, including that tech will solve-all, to adjusting goals & piercing irrational bubbles to reduce waste … more

Toxic Phones: China Controls the Core

We review CLSA U®’s report which warns that transitional risks are abound as China says no to pollution and yes to a high tech future. What are the top-5 ‘bewares’? China Water Risk’s Debra Tan expands
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‘Science Unusual’ to Counter Fake News!

Science & policy have their own language but given significant climate risk overshadowed by fake news, can we afford to speak in tongues? Hu & Tan on why it’s time to step up efforts to bridge science and policy with finance … more

Fast Fashion: Sucking Aquifers Dry?

Groundwater is over-extracted to grow cotton. As the world’s largest importer of cotton, is it China’s fault? Or is fast fashion to blame? China Water Risk’s Tan explores trends in the growth across major brands, China’s imports & global cotton production … more

5 Trends For 2017: The Year Of The Rooster

The Rooster crows a new pecking order as China leads the global climate fight & drives structural changes at home. Stay on top with our 5 trends and make sure you are not walking on eggshells but laying golden eggs … more

5 Years On – Have We Made A Difference?

As China Water Risk turns five years old, CWR’s Tan reflects on our work so far. Have we made a difference? Plus, check out her wish list for the next five years … more

Banking in the Age of Water Risk

Are water risks and their potential impacts factored in by banks? Or is ‘water exposure’ just the water used in their office buildings & branches? Tan says prudence dictates we must start to waterproof portfolios … more

China’s Soil Ten

With ~1/5 of China’s farmland polluted, the Soil Ten Plan could not come sooner. See impacts to the “Hateful Eight” polluting industries & get the distilled version of the 231 actions in our review … more

Water & Jobs in China

Happy World Water Day! In this year of Water & Jobs, we look at jobs generated by water in China. Which sectors have seen the biggest fall in job numbers? Which jobs are hot? Does better water mean more jobs? More on China’s job-scape and how water is work in China’s 13FYP … more

Beautiful China 2020: Water & The 13 FYP

China wants to exert tireless efforts to build a Beautiful China where the sky is blue, the land is green and the water runs clear. Find out what this means for water, the environment and the economy in the next five years in the upcoming 13th Five Year Plan … more

China Water Risk’s 5 Trends for 2016

Prioritizing environment alongside employment signals a reshuffle. To show it’s serious, China will “kill a chicken to warn the monkey”. The Year of the Monkey brings with it wild swings, so check out our top 5 trends in water for 2016 for it is better to be in a position to disrupt than be disrupted … more

Winter is Not Coming

Game of Thrones’ Ygritte might be right; Jon Snow, you know nothing. Tan mulls over the impact of findings from China’s Third National Assessment Report on Climate Change on the future of white Christmases, the Winter Olympics, skiing holidays and why find our inner-Yoda we must … more

Vanishing Ice: Asia Running Dry

The Hindu-Kush Himalayan region plays a vital role in Asia’s water future. It is a source of 10 major rivers which feed 16 countries. After a month in the Himalayas, CWR’s Tan shares her worries over the vanishing glaciers & the lack of cohesive action to tackle real threats … more

China Water-nomics

Will China’s economic development be hampered by limited water resources? The very existence of the Three Red Lines signals that China can’t keep developing the way it has. Read on for why GDP will be capped at 5.7% given China’s water-nomics … more

Still Exposed! Fashion Materials in China

With 32% to 75% of global hides, wool, cotton, chemical fibre and silk either produced in or passing through China via imports, exposure is sky high. China Water Risk’s Tan expands on the future of the industry … more

Made in China 2025: Are You On The List?

How does the new Made in China 2025 Action Plan fit with other ‘Future China’ plans? Are the ten industries in Made in China 2025 the same as the Circular Economy Ten? Find out why which list matters … more

Water Ten: Comply Or Else

China’s new Water Ten Plan sets tough action on pollution prevention & control. While this is good for the water sector, less obvious is who or which sectors will be impacted. China Water Risk’s Tan on why China is serious about its fast & furious pollution reforms to propel China to a new norm … more

Towards Water & Energy Security

China Water Risk published report titled “Towards A Water & Energy Secure China”. Tough choices lie ahead in power expansion with limited water. Find out what strategies are employed and get a comprehensive overview of water risk exposure across China’s power landscape … more

China Water Risk’s 5 Trends for 2015

As China moves to re-balance its economy and environment, Beijing will shepherd the nation towards water, food & security. For the Year of the Goat, it is better to be the surefooted goat than the sacrificial lamb so check out our top 5 trends in water for 2015 … more

Christmas Came Early

Xi’s carbon emission promise, increased regulatory risk are a few reasons why Debra Tan thinks Christmas came early for China’s waters. Industry beware; as China is expected to aggressively enforce some of these new polices … more

China Water Investments: 3 Thoughts

Investing in the water sector looks attractive with the Chinese government & consumers wanting water tariff hikes. Will water supply or wastewater treatment be the larger market? Debra Tan shares some on-ground views distilled from recent conversations … more

Dirty Thirsty Wars – Fashion Blindsided

CLSA report titled “Dirty Thirsty Fashion: Blindsided by China’s water wars”, examines how China’s water risks could blindside the US$1.7 trillion global fashion industry. Is this the end of fast fashion? Debra Tan expands … more

Avoiding Hydro Wars

With up to 124GW of planned hydropower on China’s transboundary rivers, no wonder regional geopolitical tensions over water is running high. Debra Tan gives the low down on China’s hydropower expansion, are there other options to avoid sparking hydro wars? … more

Pollution: 5 Reasons to Remain Optimistic

Given the recent release of depressing groundwater & soil pollution statistics, Debra Tan gives us 5 reasons to stay optimistic – from changes in the law to water tariff hikes in Beijing … more

Heavy Metals & Agriculture

Check out China Water Risk’s overview of the status of heavy metals discharge into wastewater, priority provinces, overlap with agriculture sown lands, crops exposed and industries targeted for clean-up … more

8 Things You Should Know: Rice & Water

How much of water & farmlands are used to grow rice in China? What about exposure to Cadmium, Mercury, Lead & Arsenic? Can China ensure rice security? Here are 8 things you should know about rice & water in China … more

The State of China’s Agriculture

China’s limited water and arable land plus rampant pollution raises concerns over food safety & food security. Get the latest update on agriculture & water and see why these policies matter … more

The War on Water Pollution

Premier Li Keqiang has just declared war on pollution. Tan expands on the government’s stratagems & offensives and fundamental changes required to shore up the MEP’s arsenal in order to wage a successful war … more

8 Facts on China’s Wastewater

Don’t know anything about wastewater in China? Is it on the rise? Is industrial wastewater under-reported? Is it worse for rural areas? Check out our 8 facts from tech, key pollutants to standards … more

China Water Risk’s 5 Trends for 2014

With environmental risk cited as one of the top risks most likely to derail economic growth along with the banking crisis and housing bubble, check out our top 5 trends in water for the year of the Green Horse … more

Water: Moving Out of Silos

As part of CLSA’s latest ESG in China report: “Mopping-up”, China Water Risk’s Debra Tan was interviewed on all things water: from water & coal to textiles, food & government policies … more

Pricing Water

With the NDRC’s recent announcement of tiered tariff hikes across China’s cities to rein in top end water users, Tan mulls over the proposed tiered water tariffs hikes and whether price points and switchpoints between tiers are properly set … more

More Power to Enforcement

Debra Tan gives a run down of upcoming “institutional innovations” discussed at the 2013 Beijing Forum and why the path-of-more-enforcement is still full of “areas of confusion” … more

China: The Enforcement Begins- New Project Approvals Suspended At PetroChina And Sinopec

China: The Enforcement Begins- New Project Approvals Suspended At PetroChina And Sinopec

The Cloud Begins With Coal

The Cloud Begins With Coal

China’s RMB4.5trn Green Boost- Efficiency And Environmental Sector To Grow At 15% pa

China’s RMB4.5trn Green Boost- Efficiency And Environmental Sector To Grow At 15% pa

Bulletin Of First Water Census And Second Water Resource Census Of Shanghai

Bulletin Of First Water Census And Second Water Resource Census Of Shanghai

C&A’s Water Footprint Strategy: Cotton Clothing Supply Chain

C&A’s Water Footprint Strategy: Cotton Clothing Supply Chain

Grey Water Footprint Indicator Of Water Pollution In The Production Of Organic vs. Conventional Cotton In India

Grey Water Footprint Indicator Of Water Pollution In The Production Of Organic vs. Conventional Cotton In India

Spend To Quench Coal Thirst

Can China manage to balance her limited water resources & coal expansion? Debra Tan argues that the sector can spend to quench coal thirst with consolidation or more investment in aggressive water savings tech … more

China Hydro: Tough Weather Ahead

Could a shift in weather patterns mean that droughts in the normally water-rich South are here to stay? Could this derail China’s aggressive hydro expansion in Yunnan & Sichuan? Debra Tan expands … more

Phase VII IT Industry Investigative Report – Who is Polluting the Taihu Basin?

Phase VII IT Industry Investigative Report – Who is Polluting the Taihu Basin?

NGOs Issue Phase VII Environmental Pollution From IT Industry Report

Five NGOs jointly issued report to blame electronic factories for wastewater emission into the Tai Lake basin. … more

Resource Efficiency: Economics And Outlook For China

Resource Efficiency: Economics And Outlook For China

Shenhua Named and Shamed in Greenpeace Report

State-owned Shenhua Coal company is accused of overexploiting groundwater in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region since 2008, causing severe desertification and water shortages … more

Groundwater Crackdown – Hope Springs

The economy slows down but the Chinese government speeds up groundwater crackdown with increased transparency, blacklists at both central and provincial levels … more

China’s “Soft-Path” To Transboundary Water Cooperation Examined In The Light Of Two UN Global Water Conventions – Exploring The “Chinese” Way

China’s “Soft-Path” To Transboundary Water Cooperation Examined In The Light Of Two UN Global Water Conventions – Exploring The “Chinese” Way

China Coal And Power

China Coal And Power

IPE Releases Phase I Green Stocks Investigative Report

IPE and 3 other NGOs publish investigative report and find that 16 of 17 listed cement companies are reluctant to deal with their environmental violations. … more

2012 Report on the State of Environment in China (in Chinese only)

2012 Report on the State of Environment in China (in Chinese only)

Evaluation On Water Saving Efficiency Of China’s Energy Saving Policies

Evaluation On Water Saving Efficiency Of China’s Energy Saving Policies (Chinese only)

Save Energy To Save Water?—Possible But Need More

Tsinghua University and NDRC jointly announce their evaluations on water saving policies during 11th FYP and their estimation for 12th FYP. … more

Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures For Water

Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures For Water

Eleventh Working Conference Meeting Summary

Eleventh Working Conference Meeting Summary

MEP Shamed 56 Companies for Polluting North China Plain with Seepage Wells

MEP shames 56 companies in 5 provinces for polluting the North China Plain with seepage wells and pits with no anti-leakage protection. … more

North China Plain Pollution Investigation Result

North China Plain Pollution Investigation Result

Water for Coal: Thirsty Miners?

With up to 83% of China’s coal reserves in water stressed & scarce regions, the recent CLSA report asks if there is enough water to grow coal production. If not, what are our options? Debra Tan expands … more

Cancer Villages: Toxic Tipping Point?

With official recognition of cancer villages in 2013, we reviewed 255 media reports of such villages to look at their spread and industries that may be responsible. Is this the start of a long costly road to clean up? … more

MEP Announces Handling of Major Environmental Pollution Accidents of 1Q2013

MEP made list of environmental pollution accidents in 1Q2013 public for social supervision. … more

Bulletin Of First Beijing Census For Water

Bulletin Of First Beijing Census For Water

Key Issues For Seawater Desalination In California

Key Issues For Seawater Desalination In California

RMB 117bn Guangdong Action Plan for Cleaner Water

Guangdong government recently approves the “Action Plan for Cleaner Water in Guangdong” (The Plan) which targets to improve water quality in the province with target milestones in 2013, 2015 and 2020 … more

Fashioning Sustainability 2013

Fashioning Sustainability 2013

New Guard: New Hope for Pollution?

March ushers in the official all change of the old guard. Will the new guard bring new hope for pollution control? China Water Risk takes a closer look at the events leading up to this week’s National People’s Congress meetings … more

MEP Moves to Consolidate Environmental Standards

12FYP Environmental Protection Standards focus on consolidation and coordination. … more

12FYP On Prevention And Control Of Environmental Risks Of Chemicals

12FYP On Prevention And Control Of Environmental Risks Of Chemicals

“Cancer Villages” Officially Recognized By MEP

Ministry of Environmental Protection issues targets on controlling harmful chemicals for 12FYP … more

2012 Review & 5 Trends for 2013

Not sure what happened in 2012? Read our review and find out what our top 5 water trends are for the Year of the Snake. Will we be bogged down or will we slide ahead? … more

Water Fees & Quotas: Set for Economic Growth?

Debra Tan reviews the new joint standard on water pricing and new provincial quotas on water use, water efficiency and water quality released in January 2013 … more

Follow the UK: Import Water

China & the UK have similar per capita water resources. Find out how the UK has managed economic growth by “importing water” through trade. Should China follow suit? Debra Tan muses … more

China Water And Environment- Clear Policies Brighten Outlook

China Water And Environment- Clear Policies Brighten Outlook

12th Five Year Energy Development Plan

12th Five Year Energy Development Plan (Chinese only)

Guidance on the Development of Environmental Protection Services

Guidance on the Development of Environmental Protection Services

Notice On Price Reforms For Water Resources

Notice On Price Reforms For Water Resources (Chinese only)

Global Risks 2013

Global Risks 2013

Are Businesses Sleepwalking Into A Resource Crunch?

Are Businesses Sleepwalking Into A Resource Crunch?

2013: The Great Disconnect

2013: The Great Disconnect

Environmental Law Professors’ Blog

Environmental Law Prof Blog is a member of the Law Professors Blog Network

China Beverage News

China Beverage News is a weekly report that aggregates the latest news shaping China’s Beverage industry.

記者.陳曉蕾

記者.陳曉蕾 Blog by independent reporter Leila Chan (Chinese only)

Big Spender: Buying Up Water

A savvy investment or villain in the making? Debra Tan looks at the HK tycoons’ water shopping spree, buying up water rights, water philanthropy and venture capital in water innovations … more

Technology Roadmap: Hydropower 2012

Technology Roadmap: Hydropower 2012

Investors Beware: Blackholes & Blacklists

Holdings of Fidelity, State Street, Vanguard, BNY Mellon, Capital Group, L&G, T Rowe Price & Govt Pension Fund of Norway in polluting fashion brands reviewed … more

Water Means Business: Corporate Perspectives On Water

Water Means Business: Corporate Perspectives On Water

A Blue Revolution – Global Water

A Blue Revolution – Global Water

Water Policy & Practice

Water Policy & Practice: a knowledge base of activities by International Institute for Sustainable Development that aims to addressing sustainable water and sanitation Policy & Practice.

Chief Liquidity Series: Extractives Sector

Chief Liquidity Series: Extractives Sector

UNEP FI Issues Chief Liquidity Series III: Extractives Sector

30 October 2012- UNEP Finance Initiative releases a report on Extractives Sector and China was examined among other four countries, i.e. Australia, Brazil, Canada and South Africa. The report highlights key water risks including physical, regulatory and reputation facing the … … more

CDP Global Water Report 2012: Not Enough Boardroom Attention

23 October 2012, London and New York – Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) issues the Global Water Report 2012. The report surveyed 318 companies listed on the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (Global 500) which are either operating in water-intensive sectors or exposed … … more

China’s Energy Policy 2012

China’s Energy Policy 2012

Global Water Report 2012: Collective Responses To Rising Water Challenges

Global Water Report 2012: Collective Responses To Rising Water Challenges

The Green Economy: Pushes And Pulls On Corporate China

The Green Economy: Pushes And Pulls On Corporate China

Shanghai Water Authority To Set Up Strictest Water Management System By 2014

17 October 2012, Shanghai- Shanghai will set up the new water management system by 2014 with the strictest standard on water saving and waste water treatment in China. Details on the system include: The new system includes more scientific water resource … … more

Weaning China Off Coal: Efficiency, Water, Pollution And Carbon Drive Lower Intensity

Weaning China Off Coal: Efficiency, Water, Pollution And Carbon Drive Lower Intensity

Water: Shaping China’s Food & Energy Choices

Debra talks about key issues & new trends surfacing from the Fortune Global Forum roundtable and why she thinks the 12FYP Strategic Emerging Industries are the real Magnificent Seven … more

China: No Water, No Power

HSBC asks if China has enough water to fuel its power expansion as China plans to add more than the total installed power capacity of the US, UK & Australia by 2030. … more

Sustainable Insight Water Scarcity: A Dive Into Global Reporting Trends

Sustainable Insight Water Scarcity: A Dive Into Global Reporting Trends

Sustainable Apparel’s Critical Blind Spot : The Second Phase Green Choice Alliance Cleaning Up The Fashion Industry

Sustainable Apparel’s Critical Blind Spot : The Second Phase Green Choice Alliance Cleaning up the Fashion Industry

12th FYP On Membrane Technology

12th FYP on Membrane Technology

UN-Water Annual Report 2011

UN-Water Annual Report 2011

Bloomberg Sustainability Videos

Bloomberg Sustainability Videos – Bloomberg’s sustainability channel that contains industrial news and information.

Science-Policy Bridges Over Troubled Waters

Science-Policy Bridges Over Troubled Waters

Science-Policy Bridges Over Troubled Waters: Making Science Deliver Greater Impacts in Shared Water Systems

Science-Policy Bridges Over Troubled Waters: Making Science Deliver Greater Impacts in Shared Water Systems

HSBC: Is there enough water to fuel China’s power expansion?

19 September 2012: China Water Risk and HSBC issued report on China’s power sector. HSBC asks if there enough water to fuel China’s power expansion? … more

Water Stress: Analysing The Global Challenges

Water Stress: Analysing The Global Challenges

Stockholm World Water Week – 8 Top Picks

In case you have not been following the World Water Week, Debra Tan picks eight points of interest around food & energy security: from the taste of waste to solving access clean water for everyone … more

The Global Water Crisis: Addressing An Urgent Security Issue

The Global Water Crisis: Addressing An Urgent Security Issue

Hydro Power News from HydroWorld.com

Hydro Power News from HydroWorld.com – Hydro World offers practical, useful information, helpful examples, and constructive guidance from experts. The information readers receive helps promote and sustain the important role of hydroelectric power.

Solar Energy News & Updates from Renewable Energy World

Solar Energy News & Updates from Renewable Energy World – The World’s #1 Renewable Energy Website providing news and information online daily from around the world and offers technology-focused e-newsletters, podcasts, webcasts, and videocasts.

Power Engineering Magazine

Power Engineering Magazine – Established in 1896, Power Engineering magazine is the comprehensive voice of the power generation industry that provides readers with the critical information needed to remain efficient and competitive in today’s market.

The Water Channel

The Water Channel: is an open resource with lots of videos related to water. And a community of creative people tuned into water.

HKEx issues new ESG Guidelines

31 August 2012, Hong Kong – we are encouraged that the Hong Kong Exchanges (HKEx) is stepping up disclosure with new ESG disclosure requirements and KPIs. The new ESG Guidelines for listed companies encourages issuers with a financial year ending after … … more

Consultation Conclusions Environmental, Social And Governance Reporting

Consultation Conclusions Environmental, Social And Governance Reporting Guide

China Seawater Desalination

China Seawater Desalination

Warm Ice, Anyone? – Summer Arctic Ice Reaches A Low Before The Melt Ends

Warm Ice, Anyone? – Summer arctic ice reaches a low before the melt ends

Water Supplies Department Annual Report 2010/2011

Water Supplies Department Annual Report 2010/2011

Taste The Waste Of Water

Taste The Waste Of Water: A short documentary trailer on the issue of water and food waste that launched at Stockholm’s World Water Week 2012.

Policy Support And Barriers To Resource Management In Water Scarce Regions

Policy Support and Barriers to Resource Management in Water Scarce Regions

China Water Risk’s Article Featured In UNEP FI’s August Newsletter

August 29- China Water Risk’s article “Water Earnings: Dollar Savings” is featured in the recent UNEP Financial Initiative’s August newsletter. The case study looks into saving water and money at the same time with water audit and savings action plan. … … more

Large-Scale Water Storage In The Water, Energy And Food Nexus

Large-Scale Water Storage In The Water, Energy And Food Nexus: Perspectives on benefits, risks and best practices

Abstract Volume: World Water Week In Stockholm

Abstract Volume: World Water Week In Stockholm August 26-31, 2012

Transboundary Water Management: Who Does What, Where? – Analysing The Data In SIWI’s Transboundary Water Management Database

Transboundary Water Management: Who Does What, Where? – Analysing The Data In SIWI’s Transboundary Water Management Database

The Water And Food Nexus: Trends And Development Of The Research Landscape

The Water And Food Nexus: Trends And Development Of The Research Landscape

Scientists Warn Food Shortages Could Force World Into Vegetarianism

Leading water scientists warned on World Water Week in Stockholm about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch from 20% animal proteins to 5%- almost completely a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to … … more

Feeding A Thirsty World: Challenges And Opportunities For A Water And Food Secure Future

Feeding a Thirsty World Challenges and Opportunities for a Water and Food Secure Future

Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Future

Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Future

The United Nations Water Development Report 4: Managing Water Under Uncertainty And Risk

Managing Water Under Uncertainty And Risk

12th FYP For Seawater Desalination

12th FYP For Seawater Desalination (Chinese only)

The CEO Water Mandate: Guide To Water-Related Collective Action

The CEO Water Mandate: Guide To Water-Related Collective Action

Consultation Conclusions Environmental, Social And Governance Reporting Guide

Consultation Conclusions Environmental, Social And Governance Reporting Guide

List of Key National Monitered Enterprises 2012

List of Key National Monitored Enterprises 2012

Wastewater Pipeline Abandoned After Protests

30 July 2012: Residents at Qidong went to streets to express their worries over pollution of an industrial waste-water pipeline plan by Oji Paper, and local authorities later confirmed that they have abandoned the plan in respond to residents’ concerns. … more

12FYP Strategic Emerging Industry

12FYP Strategic Emerging Industry

Investors Say: Water Risk is Beyond Pricing

NBIM, APG, GIC, HSBC and APG on why it is important to measure the impact of the environment on business as the value of water lies in business continuity & value of brands rather than water pricing. … more

China: Bullish on Food Imports

Debra Tan explains why depressing statistics on food, water pollution & scarcity and fake eggs paint a bullish picture for China’s food imports … more

Understanding The Water Footprint Of A Business: Case Study Of A Corporate Water Footprint (Draft)

Understanding the Water Footprint of a Business: Case Study of a Corporate Water Footprint (Draft)

Water Development Plan 2011-2015: Main targets

  Water Development Plan 2011-2015 Summary To improve major river channel segments and dams so that flood control can be improved to at most one flood every five years for low-lying areas To fully ensure water safety for the 300 … … more

Status Report On The Application Of Integrated Approaches To Water Resources Management 2012

Status Report On The Application Of Integrated Approaches To Water Resources Management 2012

A Flood Vulnerability Index For Coastal Cities And Its Use In Assessing Climate Change Impacts

A Flood Vulnerability Index For Coastal Cities And Its Use In Assessing Climate Change Impacts

12th FYP: Energy-Saving & Environmental Protection Industry

Water-related details include increasing water consumption efficiencies, improving wastewater treatments and constructing desalination plants during the 12th FYP. … more

12th FYP on Energy Saving and Environmental Protection Industry

12th FYP on Energy Saving and Environmental Protection Industry (Chinese only) For a summary on water-related issues in the report in English click here.

Pollution: More Standards, Rubbish & Money?

With new drinking water and pollution standards, will China be able to clean up or will rubbish continue to pile up … more

Improving Quality Of Life In Rural China Through Better Wastewater Management

Improving Quality of Life in Rural China through Better Wastewater Management

Exploring The Links Between Water And Economic Growth

Exploring The Links Between Water And Economic Growth

50% Water Tariff Hike for Guangzhou

21 May 2012: Guangzhou’s domestic water tariff rises 50% starting today “special category” water users face a 500% increase … more

More Water Pollution Indicators

A total of 22 indicators will be used to evaluate river quality during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) period … more

China issued Water Pollution Prevention Plan on Key Basins (2011-2015)

May 17, 2012- Department of Environmental Protection, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Water Resources jointly issued Water Pollution Prevention Plan … more

Reporting and Disclosure in China

Reporting and Disclosure in China

Communiqué on Land and Resources of China 2011

15 May 2012: Ministry of Land and Resources of China issues Communiqué on Land and Resources of China 2011. … more

China to Apply New Drinking Water Standard

May 14, 2012 – China announced an updated drinking water standard to be applied throughout the country in July 1st with a total of 21 toxicological indicators. … more

Ministry of Water Resources releases Government Spending in Water 2011.

Summary of the notice is as follow. For the full notice, please click here (Chinese only). The 2011 government spending: Accumulated investment by Central government: RMB114.08m North-to-South Water Diversion Project: 1.9m Provincial Non-Constructual Disaster Prevention Compensation Fund: 2.8m Small Agricultural … … more

8 Take Aways: 2 Degrees Celsius+Water

Debra Tan runs through key take aways from the presentations and panel discussions with Civic Exchange HSBC, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium, Swire Beverages and Veolia Water … more

2011 Analysis Report of the CSR Reports of Central Enterprises

2011 Analysis Report of the CSR Reports of Central Enterprises (Chinese only)

Drying Up: What To Do About Droughts In People’s Republic Of China

Drying Up: What To Do About Droughts In People’s Republic Of China

Ma Jun Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

16, April 2012: China Water Risk Advisor Ma Jun is one of six environmentalists awarded Goldman Environmental Prize 2012. … more

Elephants in the Room

With coal-fired power plants and hydropower doubling by 2020, Debra Tan discusses coal, financing the power build out and dams. Is a fundamental shift required to work round these elephants? … more

WWF and DEG Launch Water Risk Filter

WWF and DEG launch the Water Risk Filter, an online water risk tool with data sheets and interactive maps of 235 countries to help businesses and investors address water-related risks. The tool is free and it uniquely offers a practical, … … more

WWF and DEG Launch Water Risk Filter

28, March 2012: WWF, DEG launched free online tool “Water Risk Filter” to assess industry and basin water risks. China Water Risk named as a knowledge resource … more

Beijing to Limit Water Use by Golf Courses, Ski Resorts

March 27- Beijing to release the most stringent guideline to limit water use by bathhouses, golf courses and ski resorts. Read the full media release here.

Dirty Laundry: Reloaded

Dirty Laundry: Reloaded

HSBC Global Research Releases Report On China’s Water Availability Mismatch

Mar 21- HSBC Global Research releases “Is China Too Big to Filter Down? Tougher Industry targets, but Company Awareness is Low” The report focuses on China’s energy intensity, updated climate policy, water availability and industrial pollution. Read the full report … … more

How Much Water Do You Use?

Happy World Water Day! Coffee or Juice? Beer or Wine? Chicken or Cheese? Find out how much water you can save by making the right choices … more

China Water Risk wishes you a Happy World Water Day!

To find out out how you can save water by making the right choices … click here

On Being Frank

“Were you surprised at the frank comments of China’s vice minister of water resources?” That was the first question fired at an interview with a “Week in China”. It was referring to Hu Siyi’s stark warning that “water usage had … … more

China fails to meet 2011 pollution targets

Mar 7 – China fails to meet its own targets on energy intensity, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, and a measure of water pollution. NDRC head, Zhang Ping says “the biggest [reason] is that we have not transformed our … … more

Progress On Drinking Water And Sanitation: 2012 Update

Progress On Drinking Water And Sanitation: 2012 Update

Global Monthly Water Scarcity: Blue Water Footprints versus Blue Water Availability

Global Monthly Water Scarcity: Blue Water Footprints versus Blue Water Availability

Water In China: Key Themes And Developments In The Water Sector

Water in China: Key themes and developments in the water sector

Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world

Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world

State Council Issues Stricter Water Guidelines

State Council recognizes limited water resources given its large population. It states that the country is facing severe water shortage, pollution and environmental degradation, posing a major bottleneck for economic and social sustainable development. … more

State Council, Water Management Decree

State Council, Water Management Decree (Chinese only)

Agriculture: A Prosperous Ever After?

With recent reports on by the Chinese government, FAO, HSBC and WEF all highlighting agriculture concerns, Debra Tan takes a closer look at food, property. the weather and potential strategies to ensure a prosperous ever after. … more

The water footprint of soy milk and soy burger and equivalent animal products Value of

The water footprint of soy milk and soy burger and equivalent animal products

Summary of 2011 17-Province Survey’s Findings

Summary of 2011 17-Province Survey’s Findings

EWS Pilot Report Agriculture 2011

EWS Pilot Report Agriculture 2011

EWS Pilot Report Industry 2011

EWS Pilot Report Industry 2011

A Global Assessment of the Water Footprint of Farm Animal Products

A Global Assessment of the Water Footprint of Farm Animal Products

Environmental Information Disclosure Three Year Review (Draft)

Environmental Information Disclosure Three Year Review (Draft) Pollution Information Transparency Index (PITI): 2011 Annual Assessment of Environmental Transparency in 113 Chinese Cities

The Water Footprint of Humanity

The Water Footprint of Humanity

Agriculture: Double trouble How climate change could disrupt global agriculture

Agriculture: Double Trouble: How climate change could disrupt global agriculture

Universal Ownership: Why Environmental Externalities Matter To Institutional Investors

Universal Ownership: Why Environmental Externalities Matter To Institutional Investors

CDP Water Disclosure Global Report 2011

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Disclosure global report finds that 57% of the 190 publicly listed organizations that participated in the survey report board-level oversight of water policies, strategies, or plans. By comparison, a report released by CDP in September 2011 showed that 94% of Global 500 companies report board-level oversight of climate change, suggesting that corporate understanding of water as a business concern trails that of climate change. … more

Past and future trends in grey water footprints of anthropogenic nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to major world rivers

Past and future trends in grey water footprints of anthropogenic nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to major world rivers

Food for Thought

Would China import more chicken or corn from Brazil? Should farming regions swap beef with iPads? Will water hikes dampen demand for water? Debra Tan from China Water Risk muses. … more

A Framework For 21st Century Water Risk Management In Collaboration

A Framework For 21st Century Water Risk Management In collaboration

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security

The water footprint of electricity from hydropower

The water footprint of electricity from hydropower

Environmental Open Information: Between Advance and Retreat

PITI Environmental Open Information: Between Advance and Retreat

Finding The Blue Path For A Sustainable Economy

Finding The Blue Path For A Sustainable Economy

Just What is Bottled Water?

We probably drink a bottle of water each day but do we really know what’s inside? China Water Risk’s Debra Tan takes a closer look – It might change the way you choose your water … more

List of Key National Monitored Enterprises 2011

List of Key National Monitored Enterprises 2011

Electronics Supply Networks and Water Pollution in China

BSR’s report on Electronics and Water Pollution in China. Electronics Supply Networks and Water Pollution in China. November 2010.

Mine the Gap: Connecting Water Risks and Disclosure in the Mining Sector

Mine the Gap: Connecting Water Risks and Disclosure in the Mining Sector

International Statistics For Water Services

International Statistics for  Water Services

Water Security: Global, Regional And Local Challenges

Water Security: Global, Regional And Local Challenges

List of Key National Monitored Enterprises 2010

List of Key National Monitored Enterprises 2010

Seasonal And Annual Maximum Streamflow Forecasting Using Climate Information: Application To The Three Gorges Dam In The Yangtze River Basin, China

Seasonal and annual maximum streamflow forecasting using climate information: application to the Three Gorges Dam in the Yangtze River basin, China

History of Water Conservation in Shendong Mining Area, China

History of Water Conservation in Shendong Mining Area, China

Flood Control Act

Flood Control Act

Convention On The Law Of The Non-navigational Uses Of International Water Courses

Convention On The Law Of The Non-navigational Uses Of International Water Courses

Convention On The Protection And Use Of Transboundary Watercourses And International Lakes

Convention On The Protection And Use Of Transboundary Watercourses And International Lakes

Water And Soil Conservation Law

Water And Soil Conservation Law

Constitution Of The People’s Republic Of China

Constitution Of The People’s Republic Of China

Charter Of The United Nations

Charter Of The United Nations

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