Eco-environmental benefit assessment of China''''s South-North Water Transfer Scheme--the middle route project Eco-environmental benefit assessment of China''s South-North Water Transfer Scheme--the middle route project
This paper assess the eco-environmental benefits that may come from the middle route project of China's South-North Water Transfer Scheme (SNWT) with principles and methods of eco-economics and planning reports of SNWT's middle route project. Some benefits were calculated in monetary units. To make sure that the results can be comparable with normal monetary indices, concrete assessment objects and the parameters are prudently selected according to the major characteristics of the project and its water import region. Primary assessment revealed that in different project construction stages, the benefit could be more than 13.07 billion RMB Yuan in 2010 and 19.79 billion RMB Yuan in 2030, respectively. The monetary value tends to increase with social-economic development. To realize these potential benefits, however, calls for more endeavors.