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Abstract

Water, which is indispensable for life and for the development of countries and societies has become a coveted economic good, especially for Developing Countries. Already water shortage is a chronic problem in several regions of the world and many areas are suffering from military conflicts and war, because of the fight on the control of this valuable resource. In other regions pollution of water from different sources, miss usage and shortcomings of water management are severe problems.

Facing the general problem of water quality and supply especially in the People's Republic of China one must take into account:

-An intensive agriculture using pesticides, crop protecting and other agrochemicals.
-Sediment and water pollution by landfills and unsafe dumping of chemical waste.
-Application of persistent polychlorinated compounds as insecticides and fungicides.
-Industrial sources as well as incredibly developing of all industrial structures.
-Municipal waste waters.

In order to assess the state of the environment it is necessary to start a regular monitoring in different water bodies such as lakes and river basins of the country. This however requires an improvement of the necessary infrastructure as well as an intense training programme for the involved scientists and technicians. hnicians.

Additional information

Authors: GAWLIK B.M, European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);PLATZE B, European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);MUNTAU H, European Commission, DG JRC, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19770 EN (2001), pp.316. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available free of charge by Liont Research Center (JRC)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0896-0
Record Number: 200013576 / Last updated on: 2001-07-30
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en