Yangtze Key to Regional Development

Posted: 2011-05-24

Participants at the Fourth Yangtze River Forum April 18-19, 2011 in Nanjing discussed the development, management and protection of the Yangtze River. The theme of the Forum, “Yangtze River and regional development”, was jointly initiated by GWP China and organizations.

The Forum was organized by the government of Jiangsu Province and the Yangtze River Conservancy Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources. Officials and representatives from ministries, governmental agencies and 11 Provinces/Autonomous Regions/Municipalities attended, along with other international organizations.

The participants discussed development, management and protection of the Yangtze River, covering the sub-themes of “the theory and practice of integrated river basin management”, “river regime control and coastline utilization”, “climate change and water resources management”, “water ecology protection and restoration” and “enterprises” with The Nanjing Declaration of the Fourth Yangtze River Forum as one of the outcomes.

Mr. Khalid Mohtadullah, Senior Advisor of GWP and Prof. Dong Zheren, Standing Vice Chair of GWP China and also the Chair of Advisory Team of EU-China River Basin Management Programme, participated and attended the EU-China Water Resources Exchange Platform meeting to discuss progress and follow-up of the programme, stressing that GWP by virtue of its open network is able to promote the dissemination of the EU-China RBMP.

Global Water Partnership Senior Adviser Khalid Mohtadullah said, “Because climate change manifests itself most strongly in water, the best approach is to enhance water management so that countries become resilient and are better prepared to absorb climate shocks. China has done remarkably well in water savings in agriculture and providing food and water security for its large population—given the fact that it has 6% of the world's water, 9% of the world's arable land, and is feeding 22% of the world's population. However, China still has to do a lot more in prevention and control of water pollution for long-term sustainable use of its water resources and to safeguard against climate shocks.”

The Chinese government has earmarked $30.1 billion USD for water conservation projects during 2011, one-tenth more than during 2010. The government is expected to invest $612 billion USD in water conservancy projects over the next 10 years.

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