For over a decade, China has had a standing agreement to allow the European Space Agency to monitor, and report on one of China's largest fresh water lakes; Poyang Lake.
Poyang, located in the Jiangxi Province, is only one of the many projects of the collaboration of the Chinese-European Dragon Program. May 2014, marks its ten-year anniversary.
"-The Poyang lake in southern China’s Jiangxi province, is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country.
- This lake is an important habitat for migrating Siberian cranes – many of which spend the winter there. The basin is also one of China's most important rice-producing regions, although local inhabitants must contend with massive seasonal changes in water level.
In addition to seasonal changes, a team of scientists working under ESA’s Dragon programme have identified an overall decrease in water level in the lake over the last decade."