During the “7th High Level Dialogue Meeting” held in Guimarães, the CEWP horizontal Focus Area “Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management in EU and China” organized its first workshop. In this workshop several experts were gathered from EU and China to discuss different aspects of interaction between Climate Change (CC) and water resources. A report of the workshop can be downloaded here.
The presentation given were the following:
- Introduction - Juha Niemelä, DG Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
- "Impacts of Climate Change in China and Adaptation Strategy" - Jiangyu Dain, Nanjing Hydraulic Institute, Nanjing
- "Climate Change impacts on River Basin Management: expectation and observations" - Mr. Turo Hjerppe, Finnish Environment Institute and Mrs. Ana Mendes, University of Evora
- "Impacts of climate change on agricultural water resources and adaptation in the North China Plain" - Prof. Xingguo Mo and Prof. Suxia Liu, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bejing
- "Swedish Water Act: New Legislation Towards Sustainable Hydropower" - Jakob Granit, Director General, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM), Sweden
- "Political and technical measures to mitigate the impact of future droughts" - Prof. Julio Berbel, University of Cordoba, Spain
- "Managed Aquifer Recharge for Irrigation as a Means of Counteract Water Scarcity in Yellow River Flooding Plain of North China" - Wang Weiping, University of Jinan
- “Climate Change and Urban Resilience” - Prof Yan Hong Kong, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Bejing
- “Monitoring and Evaluation of Implementation Effects about Water-saving Reform Projects in Hetao Irrigation District of Yellow River Basin“ - Yao Jingwei, Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research of Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC), Zhengzhou
- "Gender and Climate Change" & additional figures- Ms Joke Muylwijk, Gender and Water Alliance, The Netherlands
- “Conclusions, Summary and proposal for topics for future projects” Antonio Lo Porto, IRSA-CNR, Italy
Several speakers elaborated on the possible direct and indirect impacts of Global Change on the water sector, namely direct risks to water quality, water-related impacts on nature, ecotone and aquatic ecosystems, on terrestrial ecosystems, on agriculture and food security, on energy production, on water infrastructures, on urban livelihood and on international crisis, migrations and conflicts.
The workshop has been a forum were the potential contribution of CEWP for helping in dealing with the challenges of the CC has been discussed. Some of the key contribution include favouring shared understanding of processes and trends in EU and China, pushing Central and Local governments to take Climate Change issues into everyday policy development and in the design of more appropriate governance structures, favouring common effort in developing and adopting adequate technologies, putting forward mitigation / adaptation strategies and financing joint R&D programs to tackle CC-related issues.