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IWHR organized water seminar under China-Europe Water Platform
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The Seminar on Science and Technology Cooperation of the 8th High-Level Dialogue Conference of the China-Europe Water Platform (CEWP) was successfully held at IWHR on January 21, 2021.

The seminar was hosted by the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) of China and co-organized by IWHR and International Economic & Technical Cooperation and Exchange Center of MWR. Representatives from government agencies, research institutes, universities and corporations discussed face-to-face and virtually cutting-edge and innovative tools for better water management.

Offline meeting at IWHR

The Seminar was part of the 8th High-Level Dialogue Conference of the CEWP. Dr. PENG Jing, Vice President of IWHR, and Dr. Helena Alegre, Director of the environment and hydraulics department of the Portuguese National Laboratory of Civil Engineering moderated the meeting.

Dr. PENG Jing, Vice President of IWHR

Dr. Helena Alegre, Director of the environment and hydraulics department of the Portuguese National Laboratory of Civil Engineering

In the session on ecological protection and restoration, Dr. PENG Wenqi from IWHR reported on river corridor restoration in China, introduce the challenges and targets of China’s river restoration based the case study of Yongding river corridor restoration in northern China.

Dr. PENG Wenqi, Director of Water Ecology and Environment Research of IWHR

Dr. Ana Mendes from Universidade de évora of Portugal provided an overview of innovative ecological restoration tools and technologies developed in EU, including cost-effective technologies for urban flood prevention based on existing infrastructure, removal and recycling of invasive water plants, energy and water efficient irrigation system using renewable energies, etc.

Dr. Ana Mendes, Professor of Universidade de évora

Representatives from both sides also discussed the latest trends of China-Europe cooperation on water science and technologies. Experts shared achievements of several Partnership Instrument (PI) projects in rural water and food security, water and urbanization, river basin management and ecological security, and water and energy security – the four focus areas where CEWP cooperation is implemented.

China and Europe are long-time water partners, and both are powerhouses of water sci-tech development and management. In 2012, the two sides initiated the CEWP. Since then, eight high-level annual dialogues has been held under this framework, involving nearly 20 EU countries. The Platform has been effectively faciliating China-EU scientific collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Sci-tech innovation is one of the three pillars supporting China-EU water cooperation. Areas of collaboration include water resources management and monitoring, river basin management, flood control, water-saving irrigation, water resources protection and ecological restoration, water supply and sanitation, sponge cities, water reuse, agriculture and rural development, food and energy security, etc. Research institutes and universities from the two sides have been constantly deepening their ties through tangible projects.

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