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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.

 Workshop Objectives:

  • To provide a platform for the EU and China to exchange views and professional experiences in the field of water and air environmental sciences.
  • To discuss the current challenges and opportunities as well as future perspectives over the scientific, management practices and policy-making progress and its relevance to future EU/China cooperation on environmental issues.
  • To help stimulate regulatory, scientific and technical harmonisation to strengthen sound environmental decision making in the EU and China
  • To share experiences on enforcement and implementation policies addressing water and air pollution in the EU and China. Where useful, to focus in on specific challenges and approaches and identify implemention measures that have been successfully applied across large regions with different levels of economic development, administration and situation.

Possible outcomes:

  • Identification of possible areas for co-operation to be taken forward under EU-China dialogue on environment;
  • Exchange of experience and possible recommendations on how to improve the legal framework, implementation and enforcement Identification of common priorities for the EU and China on water and air and opportunities for joint efforts/activities.