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Workshops

Water-Energy-Development
Challenges and Chances for Sustainable Water Management in China

Dr. Eva Sternfeld

Throughout Chinese history uneven and unreliable distribution of water has been a challenge. Providing access to sufficient water supply as well as flood control is regarded as essential for regional economic development and social stability. It is widely acknowledged that China’s technological achievements in water conservation and developing hydropower supported the tremendous improvement of agricultural productivity as well as the rapid industrial and urban development. It is however also obvious that water use is often far from sustainable. Whereas many regions in Chinas are confronted with serious water shortages and deteriorating water quality others have to deal with social and political conflicts related to the construction of large dams and management of interregional and transboundary rivers. In this workshop international experts assess China’s water risks and recent efforts in water governance.

For participation, please register at: anmeldung@konfuziusinstitut-berlin.de.

Programm

9:00

Opening Welcome

9:15

Introduction

Eva Sternfeld

9:30

Productive landscapes: a cultural historical view on dams and river control in China

Miriam Seeger (Staatsbibilothek Berlin)

10:15

An assessment of the sustainability of water use of China

Jia Shaofeng (Water Resources Center, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing)

11:15

Crisis mode in China’s water politics

Sabrina Habich (FU Berlin, Institute of Sinology)

13:30

Water economies of Chinese global cities

James Nickum (SOAS, Centre for Water Development)

14:15

China's agricultural water management in transition - smart technology - smart governance?

Bettina Bluemling (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, University of Utrecht)

15:00

China and the Mekong River Countries: Collaboration for Shared Benefit?

Seungho Lee (Graduate School for International Studies, Korea University, Seoul)

16:15

Panel Discussion: Challenges and Chances for Sustainable Water Management

Seeger, Jia, Habich, Nickum, Bluemling, Lee, Sternfeld

17:00

Concluding remarks

Water-Energy-Development

Freitag, 9. Juni 2017