Can China’s Reservoir Resettlement Promote Urbanization? A Case Study

  • Xiao Han University of Melbourne
  • Guoqing Shi Hohai University
  • Zhonggen Sun Hohai University
  • Hubiao Zhang Hohai University
Keywords: Reservoir Resettlement, Rural-To-Urban, Planning, Practical Consequences, Urbanized


This paper investigates displacement and resettlement in China induced by hydro-engineering projects. In this current transitional period of urbanization, the form of rural to urban reservoir resettlement studied in this paper is exemplified by the resettlement practices induced by the Qingshanzui reservoir project in the Yunan province. This paper contends that in practice, the new approach to resettlement has relieved short-term pressure on the associated reservoir project and has successfully improved living conditions and stimulated the recovery of the livelihoods of those resettled. However, instances of insufficient preparation before the resettlement, distribution of collective property, and social adaptation have resulted in negative consequences arising from resettlement. The results or as well as the decisions prior to resettlement have also been drastically affected by differing local conditions.


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