Webinar: Controlling Groundwater through Smart Card Machines

The Case of Water Quotas and Pricing Mechanisms in Gansu Province, China.

China’s 2002 revised Water Law urged local authorities to control groundwater abstraction in regions of overdraft. Smart card machines installed on wells have been developed to monitor and control groundwater abstraction by large numbers of smallholder farmers. This webinar presented two cases of local groundwater regulation with the use of smart card machines in Gansu Province, Northwest China and highlighted the political process behind the implementation of different regulation mechanisms. The presented cases provided insights on the contextual conditions critical for the use of smart card machines and effective enforcement of water quotas and pricing.

Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Time: 4:00pm (Australia/Adelaide; find your local time)

Format: Presentation, Discussion + Q&A (up to 60mins)

Chair: Trevor Pillar, National Partnerships Manager ICE WaRM

Contact: Trevor Pillar Webinar Chair

Resources: Webcasts and other documents will be available here


Eefje Aarndouse

University of Giessen

Eefje Aarnoudse is an agricultural economist with a focus on water resources management in development contexts. For her PhD she conducted research on agricultural groundwater management in Northwest ... Read more



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