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The 2nd Meeting of the Academic and Development Committee of ASEMWATER is held in Changsha

Writer: Time:2014-06-04
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The 2nd Meeting of the Academic and Development Committee of ASEMWATER was held in Changsha, Hunan, in May 21st, 2014. 16 Committee members, from Australia, China, France, Hungary, Italy, Laos, Pakistan, Thailand and UK etc., presented at the meeting. Two Committee members from Singapore and Spain who were not available to attend the meeting in person attend the Meeting via Skype. Mr. Liu Yanhua, Chairman of the Academic and Development Committee and Counselor of State Council of China, took the role of moderator. The Meeting went into two sessions, i.e. work report and discussion.
 
During the first session, an official from the Secretariat of ASEMWATER reported the progress of work and the priorities of future work; Mr. Karoly Kovacs, Vice Chairman of the Committee and President of Hungarian Water Cluster and Mr Ninghu Su, member of the Committee and professor of James Cook University, jointly reported the Strategic Plan for ASEM Network for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in Water Resources (2013-2018)(draft) in details; Mr. Li Yuanyuan, member of the Committee and Vice Dean of China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute of Ministry of Water Resources, introduced the writing program of the Asia-Europe Water Resources Science and Technology Report(2013-2014)(draft).
 
During the second session, all members had a heated discussion about the three topics proposed by ASEMWATER. They believed ASEMWATER has achieved a lot in terms of capability building, mechanism construction, project cooperation and international exchange, such as implemented initiative of “Asia-Europe Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation Network in Water Resources”put forward by China’s Premier Minister in the 9th ASEM Senior Officials’ Meeting, conducted three new unilateral and multilateral international cooperations in Asia- Europe water resources, established two water-related observation stations in Hunan, i.e. “Dongting Lake Station for Wetland Ecosystem Positioning Research” and “Zixing Scientific and Technological Platform for Dongjiang Lake Water Source Protection”, hosted relevant international academic meeting like “Environmental Cooperation Seminar in Dongting Lake and Piwa Lake”, and organized international training workshop of “Hydroelectric Technology for Small & Medium Hydropower”for developing countries from ASEM member states. As for the Strategic Plan for ASEM Network for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in Water Resources (2013-2018)(draft), all Committee members aired their own opinions. In general, they maintained the building of “ASEM Network for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in Water Resources”would propel Asia-Europe Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in Water Resources, and enhance Asia-Europe win-win cooperation in water innovation, research and development, industry cooperation and information and data sharing, etc. so as to promote social and economic sustainable development in Asian and European countries. However, the building of “ASEM Network for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in Water Resources”needed not only China’s guidance and support at the early stage concerning fund, technology, working area and personnel, etc. and Asia and Europe’s contribution and cooperation concerning policy, fund, talents, projects, etc.. They also hoped ASEMWATER could coordinate and organize the work team for its building well, and establish the platform for it step by step. In regard to the Asia-Europe Water Resources Science and Technology Report (2013-2014)(draft), the Committee members held the view that it was crucial that ASEMWATER played the role of decision-making and reference in the field of water resources, promoted its academic standing and regularly released Asia-Europe Water Resources Science and Technology Report. But Asia-Europe Water Resources Science and Technology Report still needed its own clearer themes and target reading audiences as to guarantee the Report’s role of decision-making and reference and sustainable development of ASEMWATER.
 
At last, Mr. Liu Yanhua, Chairman of the Academic and Development Committee and Counselor of State Council of China, delivered conclusion remarks. He believed ASEMWATER has made great achievement in the early stage, becoming more and more international and professional and despite heavy work at present and there are more opportunities than challenges for Asia and Europe were highly complementary so that the cooperation potential is huge. He also maintained ASEMWATER should base itself in China and open to whole world, and while continuing having bilateral cooperation with Asian and European countries, it should take the initiative to spread cooperation achievements among other members to increase support and participation, including meeting the need of domestic water resources management. It should focus on priority fields, stick to the principle of enterprise, pragmaticism, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, and strengthen capability building. On top of that, it should give full play to the Academic and Development Committee, integrate resources, and expand international cooperation channels. It should manage to hold a international forum each year, organize international scientific and research cooperative projects, promote transfer of applicable technology, carry out pragmatic cooperation via projects, improve the overall strength of ASEMWATER and build it into a international exchange and cooperation organization in water resources.