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IAHR Global Water Security Working Group 3rd Webinar Successfully Held
Post Time:2021-04-06Front:[ Large Medium Small ]

On March 22, 2021, to celebrate World Water Day and China Water Week, the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) successfully held the Global Water Security Working Group 3rd Webinar. The event was cosponsored by NHRI, an institute member of IAHR.

Themed the Fundamental Issues of Global Water Security: Linking Water Security to Nature, the webinar was cohosted by Prof. Roger Falconer, former IAHR President, RAE member, CAE  international member, and honorary professor of Cardiff University, and Prof. Arthur Mynett, former IAHR Vice President, and honorary professor of IHE Delft, TU Delft and NHRI. 3 well-known experts were invited to give academic reports.

Prof. Jörg Imberger of University College London and University of Miami gave an academic report titled Improved Water Security through Connecting with Nature. He explained the evolution of human tribal behavior and the impact of modern technologies on atmospheric, terrestrial and ocean ecosystems. He suggested using an adaptive, real-time, and self-learning management system to change human behavior to be better connected to nature.

Prof. Jay Lund of University of California, Davis made an academic report titled Can Humans and Nature both be Water Secure with a Changing Climate. Prof. Lund pointed out the water problems faced by both human and nature, and human’s responsibilities and challenges. Taking the lessons of medieval cathedral design as an example, he said that humans could achieve harmony with ecology by changing their behaviors.

Dr. Ellis Penning, senior expert at Deltares, the Netherlands, made an academic report titled Using Nature Based Solutions to Address Water Security Challenges. Dr. Penning connected water security with nature, and introduced in detail how to use nature-based solutions to manage and improve the water environment of lakes, rivers, wetlands and coastal areas.

Experts conducted online exchanges and discussions during the Q&A session co-chaired by Prof. Falconer and Prof. Mynett.

More than 2,700 experts, scholars and graduate students from about 90 countries and regions worldwide participated in the event.

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