Focus Areas

CEWP activities are organised in four Thematic Focus Areas. The Focus Area activities are implemented with support from EU’s Partnership Instrument. Horizontal Activities is one of the Partnership Instrument Project’s five Lots. It supports the EU Secretariat, boosts the business and innovation activities and includes new emerging issues to CEWP work.

River Basin Management and Ecological Security (Lot 1)
International Office for Water, France (Lead Partner)
Rural Water and Food Security (Lot 2)
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark (Lead Partner)
Water and Urbanization (Lot 3)
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment-Rijkswaterstaat, The Netherlands (Lead Partner)
Water and Energy (Lot 4)
Swedish Agency for Marin and Water Management (SwAM), Sweden (Lead Partner)
Horizontal Activities (Lot 5)
Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Denmark (Lead Partner)

Objectives of the Focus Areas

The overall objective of Lot 1: Water management & ecological security is to co-create new information, knowledge and recommendations on water management and ecological security, together with Chinese partners based on IWRM/NEXUS/ River basin approaches. Learning from European practices and adapting them to better fit in natural and socioeconomic environment in China, the new knowledge will be used in strategic policy dialogues with Chinese counterparts, promotion of governance, co-design of strategic plans within water sector and links with other sectors organised by the Focus Area and the Horizontal activity of the CEWP.

The overall objective of Lot 2: Rural Water and Food Security is to support formulation and implementation of Chinese policies, legislation, standards and measures, which will enable better management, use and protection of groundwater resources and increased coverage of safe groundwater-based water supply and to ensure sustainable food production in rural areas. The approach will take departure in EU policies and the thinking behind the Water Framework Directive, the Groundwater Directive, and the Nitrates Directive thus providing a good basis for introducing European solutions and technologies in the Chinese Market.

The overall objective of Lot 3 – Water and Urbanization is to enhance EU-CN Water Cooperation on water management in urban (delta) areas with activities leading to policy, regulation and management recommendations. The focus is on the Sponge City Concept (SCC): “Restore the city’s capacity to absorb, infiltrate, store, purify, drain and manage rain water and regulate the water cycle as much as possible to mimic the natural hydrological cycle”.

The Lot 4 Water and Energy SHUI-ChE project aims to develop and enhance co-generation and exchange of knowledge by synthesizing and sharing experiences and best practices between EU and China within four different thematic focus areas that cover both the “green” and “blue” dimension of sustainable hydropower. In addition, the SHUI-ChE project also aims to establish an EU-China Sustainable Hydropower Innovation Network (ECSHIN) as a facilitating platform to enhance EU-China cooperation through: Exchange among relevant cross-sectorial stakeholders in EU and China; Development of innovation and business activities in the water-energy sector; and Promotion of the “Source to Sea” concept and its potential application in EU and China.

The Lot 5: Horizontal Activities Program is a new organizational dimension, which include three workpackages. WP1 will include ensure coordination and coherence internally of the five Lots, dialogue with key external stakeholders, and support for the Secretariat. WP2 focusing on Business and Innovation will aim at strengthening the business pillar of CEWP, in close co-operation with the four other Lots. Finally, WP3 will focus on new and emerging policy issues, also in close co-operation with the four other Lots. These include the SDGs, the Source-to-Sea concept, Economic Instruments and Circular Economy as well as Emerging Policy Issues e.g. Climate Change.