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18 ASEM Countries Meet in Changsha to Discuss "Urban Water Management"

 

ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management

  

 

Address by Mr. Li Youzhi, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of Provincial People’s Congress of Hunan, China 

 

Address by Amb. Xie Bohua, ASEM Senior Official for P. R. China

 

Address by Mr. Sun Chengyong, Deputy Director General of Department of Social Development of Ministry of Science and Technology, China

 

Address by Ms. Sunkyoung Lee, Representative of Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) 

 

Address by Mr. Karoly Kovacs, President of European Water Association 

 

Address by Mr. Philippe Martinet, Consul-General of Consulate General of France in Wuhan 

 

 

ModeratorMr. Yang Zhiping, Deputy Director-General of Hunan Provincial Department of Science and Technology, China

 

From Oct. 19 to 20, the ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management was held in Changsha. Li Youzhi, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of Provincial People’s Congress of Hunan, Amb. Xie Bohua, ASEM Senior Official for the PRC, Sunkyoung Lee, Representative of Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Sun Chengyong, Deputy Inspector of Department of Social Development of Ministry of Science and Technology, China, Karoly Kovacs, President of European Water Association, and Philippe Martinet, Consul-General of Consulate General of France in Wuhan attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. Yang Zhiping, Deputy Director-General of Hunan Provincial Department of Science and Technology, China, presided over the meeting.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF),and Hunan Provincial People's Government, supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, jointly organized by European Water Association, World Wildlife Fund, Consulate General of France in Wuhan, the Embassy of Sweden in China, and the Embassy of Denmark in China, and co-hosted by ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center, Hunan Provincial Department of Science and Technology and Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Hunan Provincial People's Government. Over 300 people from 19 ASEM members attended the seminar, including government officials, and representatives, experts and scholars of research institutions, industry associations, and business communities.

In the wave of urbanization, achieving sustainable management of water resources is a challenge for all countries. UN statistics show that 54% of the world's population lives in urban areas, which is expected to grow to 66% by 2050. With the acceleration of urbanization, the world will encounter severe challenges in respect of water supply and demand balance, drinking water safety and water sanitation, and water-related disasters under extreme climate. Against this backdrop, it is imperative for the world to pursue green, low carbon, and sustainable urban water resources management, and to establish a harmonious relationship between human and water. In recent years, the new concept of integrated management of urban water resources has received high attention from academia and the public, which refers to solving the water cycle problem in cities through an integrated approach. So far, a number of Asian and European countries have developed advanced technologies and accumulated extensive experience in integrated management of urban water resources. China is putting the concept of sponge city into practice, which will also provide useful reference for global water resource management.

At the seminar, 30 experts delivered excellent research reports on 6 main topics, namely, climate-resilient integrated management of urban water resources, water security, water supply safety and operational safety, wastewater management strategies, sponge city construction and innovation, social cooperation networks and case studies, urban water resources development and utilization at regional and national levels. The guests exchanged their views extensively with the experts, sharing technical R&D and innovation cases, solutions and experience of innovative water resources security policy, sponge city construction, urban water leakage management technology, planning and design of urban groundwater management, urban domestic sewage treatment technology, and heavy metal sewage treatment technology, and putting forward a lot of valuable advice and suggestions on green, low-carbon and sustainable development in the process of  urbanization. Among them, “Innovation-Lead Green Development of Portable Water Safety Technology in China”, an address made by Hou Li’an, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, aroused the interests of the attendees and sparked a lively discussion. The participants agreed that: as the most important part of national resource security, water security has a significant impact on sustainable socioeconomic development. Thanks to rich experience in urbanization and sustainable water management, and advanced technologies, the developed countries in Europe are taking the lead in maintaining water security. In contrast, developing countries in Asia and Europe hold a great potential for cooperation as they are making great efforts to promote urbanization. It is therefore highly relevant to promote sustainable water management under the ASEM framework, continue to support ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center in carrying out activities related to the new urbanization and sustainable water utilization and management in Asia and Europe, and enable ASEM members to complement each other’s advantages.

During the seminar, more than 20 institutions from ASEM members introduced their research results and innovative technologies in sustainable water utilization and management, shared their successful cases of water-related projects, and presented the participants with vivid images and illustrations on their R&D advantages, technical demand and cooperation prospect in sustainable water utilization and management in urban areas. Moreover, the representatives visited Songya Lake National Wetland Park, Hunan Pilot Yanghu Reclaimed Water Co., Ltd., Yanghu Wetland Park and Changde Sponge City Demonstration Project.

 

 

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