The objective of China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) is to promote policy dialogue, joint research and business development in the water sector.
China and Europe cooperate as equal partners in this project based on mutual interest, mutual benefit and mutual funding.
It is of strategic importance for China and Europe to improve cooperation on management of water as a crucial natural resource in order to avert a future global water crisis and its potential impacts on social and economic development and stability.
CEWP activities are organised in four Focus Areas:
- River Basin Management and Ecological Security
- Rural Water and Food Security
- Water and Urbanization
- Water and Energy
Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, represented by the Danish Minister of the Environment launched CEWP at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France, March 2012 by signing of a Joint Statement. CEWP is a regional component of the EU Water Initiative.
CEWP is led by two concurrent secretariats hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources and the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (representing the EU and its member countries) respectively.
EU member states as well as government agencies, research institutions, private sector companies and international organisations in both China and Europe are invited to participate and co-lead specific themes or topics.