Project Locations: Hubei

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HUBEI, meaning ‘North of the Lake’, is named after its location relative to Lake Dongting, a flood basin of the River Yangtze in Central China. This province has played a strong role throughout China’s history and cultural development with the capital city, Wuhan, having been the location of the Wuchang Uprising leading to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the founding of the Republic of China in 1911. These days Hubei is well known for being home to the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant, the Three Gorges Dam, as well as being the ‘province of lakes’ due to the thousands of water bodies found here.

The recent inclusion of Hubei into the Water School programme was a pivotal moment in our Yangtze River conservation efforts as Wuhan is one of six large cities (the others being Chongqing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Yueyang and Zhenjiang) that create a 600 kilometres long pollution zone on the river. Split up into three parts by the confluence of the Yangtze River and its longest tributary, the Hanshui River, this industrial centre is one of the country’s most important water tourism and transportation hubs. The low water quality of Wuhan’s many rivers and lakes severely affects marine life and is an ongoing result of the wastewater produced by the city’s rapid industrialization.

• Water School for a Living Yangtze

Chosen as the location for the official launch of Phase II of our water school programme followed by a five-day training programme in March 2011, Wuhan already has five schools taking part in water conservation activities. One of the most recent activities was organised by schools located in Xiangyang, who went on an inter-school trip to the city’s ancient walls to strengthen student’s understanding of the surrounding moat. Lined with beautiful willow trees, the moat is a well-preserved part of Xiangyang city with a history dating back to the Song Dynasty. As an introductory activity to the Water School programme students took samples of the moats water to analyze then learned about what action is needed to preserve this integral part of the city.

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