Water security is becoming increasingly important for food security, conflict mitigation, and economic development. An international conference on this topic, focusing on east and southeast Asia, as well as global perspectives, will be convened in Beijing in September 2019, cosponsored by AWRA and CAS. The following aspects of water security and how they can be achieved will be discussed:
- Application of new technologies such as remote sensing, big data, and artificial intelligence,
- Development of strategies, policies, and institutional reforms, and
- Enhancement of resilience under changing climate, population growth, and urbanization.
Benefits of Attending
Adequate and reliable water resources are essential to securing food supplies, preventing conflicts, supporting human well-being, and promoting sustainable development. Attendees of this conference will hear:
- new findings and approaches to capturing the dynamic and constantly evolving dimensions of water and water related issues using new technologies;
- share real-world experiences (case studies and practical solutions) demonstrating enhancement of resilience under changing climate, growing population and urbanization;
- present management strategies, policies and institutional guidelines to address water security and governance issues: sustainable access to adequate quantities of and acceptable quality water; and
- promote communications among scientists, managers, engineers, social scientists, stakeholders, and policy- and decision-makers on water security challenges and solutions.
Free with your registration, but please sign up for it when you register for the conference. The South–North Water Transfer Project, also translated as the South-to-North Water Diversion Project (literal meaning: Project of diverting the south water to the north) is a multi-decade infrastructure mega-project in the People's Republic of China. Ultimately it aims to channel 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water annually from the Yangtze River in southern China to the more arid and industrialized north through three canal systems:
- The Eastern Route through the course of the Grand Canal.
- The Central Route flowing from the upper reaches of the Han River (a tributary of Yangtze River) to Beijing and Tianjin.
- The Western Route which goes from three tributaries of Yangtze River near the Bayankala Mountain to provinces like Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia.