The 9th World Water Forum took place during March 21-26. Under the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development,” the Forum sought to identify, promote and implement concrete responses and actions for water and sanitation in an integrated way.
As a member of Action Group 1F “Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change and natural disasters” under “Water Security and Sanitation”, one of the four priorities of the Forum, IWHR actively engaged in this largest global water event by organizing and supporting its sessions and taking part in the exhibition.
The keynote speech presented the progress of flood mitigation in China. Experts from Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and non-government organizations shared their experiences in disaster recognition, multi-scale early warning and monitoring of water-related disasters, dissemination of water science, public awareness raising, and international cooperation enhancement, etc.
(Organized by IWHR)
Co-hosted by the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) of China and UNESCO and supported by IWHR, this side event gathered representatives from MWR, UNESCO and relative stakeholders in Africa to discuss cooperative projects and joint water actions in Africa, shaping a blueprint for future cooperation among the three sides.
IWHR Vice President Dr. PENG Jing made a report on the side event, focusing on cooperation in sciences, education and culture for sustainable water development.
Dr. PENG Jing presented at the MWR China - UNESCO - Africa Water Side Event
Supported by IWHR, speakers at this session discussed upon how to coordinate the development and management of water infrastructures with natured-based solutions, in order to jointly cope with the impacts of climate change. Corresponding strategies and action plans were proposed by experts from Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and non-government organizations. IWHR expert shared China’s case of nature-based solutions against climate change.
Session 1F1 “Rebalancing concrete infrastructures & nature-based solutions to improve resilience: when green & grey make blue!”
IWHR also showcased its research achievements, technologies and products at the international exhibition held during the Forum.
A visitor was attracted by IWHR's exhibition
IWHR has been continuously engaged in the World Water Forum since the second Forum in 2000. By sharing China's experiences and practices in water governance and fostering cross-border knowledge sharing, it works with international partners to tackle water challenges and enhance global water security.