The proposed legislation was submitted to the Shaanxi Provincial People’s Congress for discussion in 2015 and came into force as a legal regulation in April 2016. GWP Shaanxi has been working closely with the Shaanxi Water Resources Department to implement the regulations.
This work included organising a training workshop to help the leaders of relevant authorities set up a legal framework to implement the new regulations at provincial, city, and county levels. The partners also used public media platforms to promote a competition to test people’s knowledge of the new regulations and this attracted nearly 10,000 participants.
Implementation of the regulations is being assessed through 69 new monitoring stations. The partners are aiming to reduce the area of over-exploited groundwater by 8.5 percent (representing 120 km2) and to cut the average allowable withdrawal by 30 percent before the end of 2020.
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