China-EU Workshop on Water & Air
Challenges and opportunities
March 14-15, 2016, Beijing, China
In regions across the world, local air quality has deteriorated considerably as a result of human activities. Rising industrial and energy production based on burning of fossil fuels and the dramatic rise in traffic contribute to air pollution and can lead to serious problems for both health and the environment.
Restoring and protecting water quality along with the growing scarcity of water resources remain a global environmental challenge in many regions of the world, including the EU and China. Despite efforts in place, pollution affecting surface and groundwater is an issue of concern. Rapid economic growth, industrialisation, agriculture practices and urbanisation, place additional pressure on water resources. Limited water resources pose an additional challenge for balancing economic growth, human needs and protection of natural resources for sustainable development.
Exchange of experience, good practices, know-how and successful solutions in these two areas will benefit the EU and China.
This joint EU-China workshop on water and air policy will provide an opportunity for policy makers, experts and stakeholders to examine the policy challenges and the responses to these major environmental threats including the legislative frameworks, effective implementation, monitoring and enforcement as well as possible future areas of joint EU-China cooperation. The results of these discussions will help shape and strengthen future cooperation activities between the EU and China.