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River health and environmental flows in China project is now online

The River Health and Environmental Flow Project aimed to establish methods for assessing and improving river health and environmental flows in Chinese rivers.

The project was part of the Australia-China Environment Development Partnership, a five-year program of the Australian and Chinese Governments, funded by AusAID. The project was undertaken by the International WaterCentre in conjunction with the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Detailed river health and environmental flow assessments were completed in three pilot study river basins, the Yellow River, the Gui River and the Taizi River basins. A software tool, Flow Health, was developed for assessing river health based on changes to hydrology.

A recommended environmental flow regime was identified for each river and river health report card was prepared. The results were used to make national recommendations, including draft guidelines for river health assessment and a national environmental flows framework.

Significant training activities were also carried out to improve the capacity of Chinese water managers in the fields of river health and environmental flow assessment.

All of the outputs from the project including Report Cards, technical reports, presentations and the Flow Health software tool are available from the newly updated website: River Health and Environmental Flow in China. The website provides a wealth of information on river health and environmental flow in China and the approach and process taken by this project.

For more information on this project, contact Fiona Chandler at the International WaterCentre (


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