Water resource fees (WRFs) are collected in order to finance water resource management and related activities. There are generally a small part of the total costs, so have little or no direct impact on demand. Their main purpose is to ensure that water resource management activities are fully financed. They can only be introduced once there is a system of abstraction permits in place. WRFs are adequately provided for in national policies and regulations, but these are not yet translated consistently into provincial regulations in all cases.
WRDMAP. Water Resources Fees [Thematic Paper 5.3]. WRDMAP, China (2010) 60 pp