Karst Concerns: Understanding Resident Perceptions on Water Pollution Management in Guizhou, China


Water pollution is a critical global concern with profound implications for public health and well-being. This study delves into the perspectives of residents and environmental protection department staff in Karst regions of Guizhou Province, China, examining their perceptions of government-led water pollution management. Surveying 384 residents and conducting interviews with 5 environmental protection professionals, the research employs both descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. Findings highlight household and construction/domestic waste as key contributors to water pollution, significantly impacting urban living. The study underscores the necessity for comprehensive government intervention to address pervasive water pollution issues. Notably, diverse demographics exhibit distinct perceptions toward water pollution control, emphasizing the need for tailored awareness campaigns. Recommendations include refining central government strategies, clarifying the roles of local governance entities and the market, and prioritizing targeted environmental education to foster a more effective approach to water pollution prevention and control.

Keywords: Karst regions, water pollution perception, mass participation

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