About the Forum

Background

Water lies at the heart of life and well-being, yet it is a finite resource which is quickly outpaced by the global demand in rapid growth. The UN SDG 6 aims at "availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all", prioritising the importance of water security and sustainability in the societal and environmental welfare. However, such welfare is challenged by the current water availability. On a global scale, more than two billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress. In China, 30% of its land area is suffering from high or extremely high water stress. About two thirds of Chinese cities are having problems sustaining sufficient water supply. Therefore properly managed water has a major stake in the future. Global changes are bringing immensely profound impacts to the earth system and hence the future.

Under a warming climate, extreme events like floods and droughts are staged at an increased intensity and frequency. The rising sea level poses major threat of coastal flooding, and impacts estuary systems drastically. These changes also stagger the ecological systems with symptoms such as biodiversity loss and rapid degradation. The success and resilience of water management is highly dependant on our technical innovations and institutional capacities. We need to change our ways of thinking, living and managing to adapt to such global changes.

In 2015 and 2017, two Forums on water security and sustainability have been held in Nanjing, attracting attention of researchers both in China and around the world. Hence, YICODE, HHU and NHRI, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, are proudly announcing the 3rd Forum of the series in 2020 to continue our discussion on water security and sustainability. We sincerely hope this could provide an open, frank, productive and multi-disciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in the field. Researchers and practitioners around the globe are welcome to take part in the two-day discussion from cross-cutting perspectives.

ESTDS Forums

The Water Security and Sustainability Forum is one of the International Top-level Forums on Engineering Science and Technology Development Strategy (ESTDS) sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The ESTDS Forums of the Chinese Academy of Engineering could date back to 2011 when the Academy started to vision the future development of engineering science in the upcoming 20 years and even further through strategic discussions and studies. ESTDS Forums are best-known for their inter-disciplinary and international ways of thinking. They try to break disciplinary boundaries for synergy in innovation and bridge the physical distances between world's leading experts for international cooperation. ESTDS Forums focus on themes that are macro-scale, strategically significant, and forward-looking.

Theme & topics

Theme

  • Water security and sustainability

Topics

  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Flooding and flood risk management
  • Water saving and water security
  • Aquatic eco-systems and rehabilitation
  • Groundwater protection and sustainable development
  • River conservation and green development
  • Safety and resilience of water infrastructures

Partnerships

Orgnisation

Advisory Committee

  • Yihui Ding
    Yihui Ding, Prof.

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Kejian Ma
    Kejian Ma, Prof.

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

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Academic Committee

  • Hongqi Ma
    Hongqi Ma, Prof., Chair

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Hui Xu
    Hui Xu, Dr., Prof., Vice Chair

    President of Hohai University

  • Shengshui Chen
    Shengshui Chen, Dr., Prof., Vice Chair

    President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

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Organising Committee

  • Jianyun Zhang
    Jianyun Zhang, Dr., Prof., Chair

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Hongwu Tang
    Hongwu Tang, Dr., Prof., Co-Chair

    Chair of Hohai University Council

  • Yaohui An
    Yaohui An, Vice Chair

    Departmental Counsel of Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Jinhai Zheng
    Jinhai Zheng, Dr., Prof., Vice Chair

    Vice President of Hohai University

  • Yun Li
    Yun Li, Prof., Vice Chair

    Vice President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

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Secretariat

  • Jinhai Zheng
    Jinhai Zheng, Dr., Prof., Secretary General

    Vice President of Hohai University

  • Yun Li
    Yun Li, Prof., Secretary General

    Vice President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

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Time & Venue

The forum will be held in its permanent home, Nanjing in east China, where the ancient Qinhuai River of romance meets the mighty Yangtze.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Forum has been postponed to 21 to 24 Apr 2021.

More details of the venue will be released very soon.

Contacts

Pease email estds@nhri.cn for enquries. The following members of the Secretariat will get back to you at the earliest convenience.

  • Chunhui Lu
    Chunhui Lu
    • Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development & Hohai University
    • 1 Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098, P. R. China
  • David Zhou
    David Zhou
    • Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development & Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute
    • 223 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing 210029, P. R. China