We are making the 1st Announcement

Photo: Dechao Zhang, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Sorry for keeping everyone waiting. Here is our 1st Announcement.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we regret to announce that our Forum will be postponed to 16 to 19 November 2020. If this change would cause any inconvenience, we are deeply sorry. Yet we do wish the epidemic could be contained and eliminated as soon as possible around the globe, and wish everyone who has been impacted a quick recovery.

Meanwhile, our abstract submission system is now ready and will be open until 15 July 2020. You are most welcome to submit your abstracts.


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.

Theme & topics


  • Water security and sustainability


  • 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


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


You may click here to download a copy of our 1st announcement.