17 November 2022 (Thursday)

Opening ceremony (InterContinental Changsha)


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Moderated by
Mr. LI Zhijian, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology of Hunan Province, China





Live Webcast

Opening Addresses by
  H.E. Ambassador Leon Faber, Deputy Executive Director of Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Singapore (video conferencing)
  Minister JIANG Duan, ASEM Senior Official for China (video conferencing)
  Mr. Péter Kovács, 
Head of the Department of River Basin Management and Water Protection of the Ministry of Interior/ Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the UNECE Water Convention, Hungary (video conferencing)              
  Mr.MIKAZUKI Taizo,
Governor of Shiga Prefecture, Japan (video recording) 
  Mr. GAO Changlin, Minister Counsellor, Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union (video conferencing)
  Mr.Jean-Yves ROUX,
Consul-General of French Consulate General in Wuhan, France (video conferencing)
  Mr. CHEN Fei,
Vice-Governor of the People’s Government of Hunan Province, China


Keynote Speech 1: Heavy Metals Environmental Standards Policy and Environmental Quality Improvement in Chenzhou National Sustainable Development Agenda Innovation Demonstration Zone——by Dr. CHAI Liyuan, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering/ Vice-President of Central South University China


Keynote Speech 2: Water4All—A New EU RDI Partnership as A Platform for Developing New Solutions for Global Water Challenges——by Mr. Bjørn Kaare Jensen, Chair of Water4All, the EU (video conferencing)


Keynote Speech 3: Promoting Sustainable Development with Water as the Medium——by Mr. MA Tianyi, Vice Mayor of Chenzhou City of Hunan Province, China


Photo session and tea break

Plenary Session I: Sustainable Development of Water Management

   (15min per

Chairperson: Károly Kovács 

 Investment Needs in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure and Inevitability of Horizontal and Vertical Solidarity in Fulfilling SDG 6 ——by Dr. Károly Kovács, President of Hungarian Water Partnership and Chairman of Hungarian Water Association, Hungary (video conferencing)

• Challenges in Securing Good Quality Drink Water Supply; Surface Water Versus Reservoir Water Source. Case Study, Bistrita City, County Bistrita Nasaud, Romania——by Dr. Radu Mihaiescu, Associate Professor/PhD of Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of "Babes-Bolyai" University Cluj-Napoca, Romania (video conferencing)

• Sustainable Development of Water Management—Pakistan Country Report ——by Mr. Zamir Awan, Founding Chair of Global Silk Route Research Alliance, Pakistan (video conferencing)

• To What Extent Does Urban Tree Planting Provide Multiple Aquatic Benefits ——by Dr. Michael Hutchins, Professor of UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the UK (video conferencing)

• From Grey to Green Infrastructure in Rainwater Management: the Development of A Sponge-city Model in Wuhan (Hubei)——by Dr. ANDRE Georgina, Project Manager-Urban Resilience of Suez Consulting, France (video conferencing) 



Plenary Session II: Technology Innovation in the Water Sector

   (15min per

Chairperson: Mr. ZHANG Rui, Deputy Director of the Secretariat Office of ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center

 Preparing to Cope with Permanent Water Crisis with Integrated Solutions ——by Dr. Ninghu Su, Adjunct Professor of James Cook University, Australia (video conferencing)

• Digitalisation of the Water Sector: Opportunities and Challenges ——by Dr. Harsha Ratnaweera, Professor of Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway (video recording)

• Measuring and Computing Complexes. Automated Intelligent Control System for Drinking Water Production Process ——by Ms. Tatiana Portnova, Director of Chief Process Engineer's Office of SUE “Vodokanal of St.Petersburg”, Russian Federation (video recording)

• Improving Urban Flood Estimation and Representing Impacts of Nature Based Solutions —— by Dr. James Miller, Senior Hydrologist of UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the UK (video recording)

Plenary Session III: Cooperation and Capacity Building

   (15min per

Chairperson: Mr. ZHANG Rui, Deputy Director of the Secretariat Office of ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center

 Efforts Toward the Conservation and Restoration of Lake Biwa in Shiga, Japan ——by Mr. Tomoki Sogabe, Program Manager of Lake Biwa Conservation and Restoration Division, Department of Lake Biwa and the Environment of Shiga Prefectural Government, Japan (video recording)

• Lessons Learned from the Global Pandemic for the Water Industry ——by Mr. MINH LIM, Executive Director of Cambodian Water Supply Association, Cambodia (video recording)

• To Ally Technology, Nature and Society for Successful Urban Water Management—ATENAS——by Ms. Kinga Krauze, Coordinator of Research Project ATENAS, Funded by the Water JPI (video recording)

• St.Petersburg Environmental Politics: International and Interregional Cooperation——by Mr. Alexander German, Chairman of St.Petersburg Committee on Nature Management, Environmental Protection and Environmental Safety, Russian Federation (video conferencing)


Closing remarks by the Chairperson