The thematic framework has been set on an all-round and forward-looking perspective that incorporates the most prominent water issues in the world. By focusing on the overarching theme “sharing water”, the 8th WWF is more people and environment oriented by highlighting sustainability, capacity building, and other aspects.
With great support from the Ministry of Water Resources of China (MWR), China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China's top and largest research institute in water and hydropower sectors, is here to apply for the coordinator of Topic d of theme DEVELOPMENT: Infrastructure for sustainable water resource management and services-IR1.4.
Faced by the challenges of climate change, urbanization development, environmental stress and water shortage, it becomes a consensus of the world water community to manage water resources in a more comprehensive and scientific way through rational planning, operation and regulation. The Chinese government echoes that consensus by adopting a sustainable development concept emphasizing innovation, coordination, green growth, opening-up and sharing. As a country with the largest number of water infrastructure and hydropower projects, China has accumulated rich experience in balancing the demand of infrastructure development and sustainable water resources management, including the management of water diversion projects, water storage infrastructure, water supply projects, and irrigation and drainage facilities on scales of both local areas and river basin, in a bid to deliver related services and enhance resilience in coping with extreme disasters.
With the 8th WWF as the platform, IWHR, under the auspices of MWR, is always willing to contribute to global water development and adaption to water-related challenges, while promoting the exchange and cooperation between China and the international community.