FROM SIBERIA TO GANSU TO THIRST LANZHOU

A thousand kilometers of an aqueduct, almost like connecting Paris to Rome. Here is China’s new water project aimed at solving the issue of water shortage in the Gansu Northeast region.

With a population of about 27 million and territories that lie at an altitude of 1800 m above sea level, Gansu is among the areas of China with more water scarcity. To the northeast is bordered by Mongolia, which is affected by drought in the Gobi Desert, and on the west, it has the Taklamakan Desert, rainfall is also very scarce, so the area is at risk of desertification. Lack of water has been a major challenge to the growth and economic development of the entire area.

The new proposal for the construction of the mega water project comes from the provincial capital of Lanzhou, specifically the Lanzhou Urban and Rural Design and Planning Institute, and has been put on white in the « Vision for Urban Planning 2030 « of last February. The scheme aims at the construction of an aqueduct that starts from Lake Baikal in Russia, the largest freshwater lake in the world per volume, and reaches Lanzhou through the Hexi corridor and 1000 km. « In reality, the feasibility of the project depends on a variety of factors such as cost, political and diplomatic issues with Russia and Mongolia, and the ecological impact on Lake Baikal, » explains Wang Hao, director of the Water Resources Institute And hydroelectric research of China.

In the past, the idea of diverting some of the waters of Lake Baikal had already been taken into consideration both in 2000 and 2005, but with little success.

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