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The 3rd International Forum on Water Security & Sustainability


Apr 21, 2021 -Apr 24, 2021



  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Speakers

Water lies at the heart of life and well-being, yet it is a finite resource which is quickly outpaced by the global demand in rapid growth. The UN SDG 6 aims at “availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, prioritizing the importance of water security and sustainability in the societal and environmental welfare. However, such welfare is challenged by the current water availability. On a global scale, more than two billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress. In China, 30% of its land area is suffering from high or extremely high water stress. Therefore, properly managed water has a major stake in the future. The success and resilience of water management is highly dependent on our technical innovations and institutional capacities, both of which are far from adequate to meet the challenges we face. Moreover, current world trends, such as global warming and political dynamics, are further weakening these capabilities. Global changes are bringing immensely profound impacts to the earth system and hence the future. We need to change our ways of thinking, living and managing to adapt to such global changes.


In 2015 and 2017, two forums on water security and sustainability have been held in Nanjing, attracting the attention of researchers both in China and around the world. During the second forum, Hohai University (HHU) and Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI) jointly launched the “Belt and Road Fund on Water security and Sustainability” and proposed a long-term plan to jointly hold a top-level forum every three years.

Zhang Yongqiang,Professor

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,CAS

Impacts of vegetation changes on regional and global evapotranspiration and related ecohydrological effects

Chen Jie,Professor

Wuhan University

Response of global flood to different temperature rise conditions in the future

Yang Qinli,Associate Professor

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Assessing Climate Impact on Forest Cover and Runoff Change in a Humid Subtropical

Xu Yueping,Professor

Zhejiang University

Impacts from Climate Change and Human Activities on Water Availability in the Yellow River Basin

Yuan Xing,Professor

Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

How to reconcile climate and hdyrological attributions for extremes?

Yan Denghua,Professor

China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research

Key problems in dealing with flood and drought hazards

Xia Xinghui,Professor

Beijing Normal University

Greenhouse gas emission from rivers in Tibet Plateau and its global importance

Xiong Lihua,Professor

Wuhan University

An Evaporation Pan Based Study on Changes in Regional Hdyrological Cycle of China

Narendra Tuteja,Professor

WP2C in WMO-HydroSOS ,Bureau of Meteorology

Managing hydrological extremes in a changing climate and the need for national water information

Zhang Ke,Prof

Hohai University;Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development

Satellite-observed ecohydrological changes in Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau over the past four decades

Wang Wanzhan,Prof

Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research

Integrated Management Strategy for the Yellow River Delta and its Ambient Sea Area

Tang Qiuhong,Professor(online)

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences

A Monitoring and Forecast System for Drought and Flood over China

Wang Humin,Professor(online)

Hohai University

Food Nexus for Basin-wide High-quality Development

Yang Dawen,Prof

Tsinghua University

Effects of Permafrost Change in the Tibetan Plateau on Regional Water Resources an d Carbon Budget

Chen Ji,Professor(online)

The Univeristy of Hong Kong

Challenges and Opportunities of Water Resources Management Facing in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area,China

Liu Junguo,Professor

Southern University of Science and Technology

Water Security for the Lancang-Mekong River Basin

Tony Jakeman,Professor(online)

Australian National University

The role of integrated assessment and modelling in river basin management and water security

Bai-Lian Larry Li,Professor(online)

University of California,Riverside

Advancing theoretical studies of vegetation-hydrological relations for sustainable watershed management and restoration

Amgad ELmahdi,Dr

MENA Region- International Water Management Instititute

ICT technologies and innovation for sustainable water management and improving water productivity

Wang Quanjun,Prof(online)

University of Melbourne

Returning flow to the Marray-Darling - how it may be affected by water saving projects and groundwater sustainable diversion limits?

Kang Shaozhong

Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Professor of China Agricultural University

Water adaptive agriculture and smart agriculture with high water utilization efficiency

Hans Paerl,Prof

University of North Carolina

Mitigating Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms in a Hotter,Hydrologically More Extreme World

Hu Chunhong

Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Vice President of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research

Centennial trends of water-sand evolution and balance in Yellow River basin

Kumud Acharya,Prof(onlien)

President of Desert Research Institute

Urban land use impact on source water quality:emerging challenges

Michael Mckay,Dr(online)

Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at University of Windsor

Smart Lakes initiatives to ensure water security in the North American Great Lakes

Chen Qiuwen.Prof

Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute;Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development

Some new findings of eco-environmental effects of river damming

Niu Xinqiang

Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering President of Changjiang Survey

Planning,Design and Research Institute Practice and exploration of aquatic ecology engineering in the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River

Miao Changwen

Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Professor of Southeast University;Chair of Jiangsu Building Materials Research and Design Institute Co., Ltd.

The development of environment-friendly eco-concrete technology

Ma Hongqi

Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Huaneng Lancang River Hydropower inc.

The key technology and application of hydraulic ship lift

Peter Goodwin

Prof(online) University of Maryland

Environmental Intelligence:large-scale ecosystem management in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment

John Smol

Fellow of the British Royal Society(online) Professor of Queen’s University

Lakes in a multiple-stressor world:Algal blooms on a warming planet

Steven M.Gorelick

Fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering(online) Professor of Stanford University

Coupled human-natural systems analysis of water security and sustainability:from transboundary competition to climate change in Jordan

Enda O’Connell

Fellow of the Bristh Royal Academy of Engineering(online) Professor of Newcastle University

Sustainable Water Resources Management Under Socio-economic and Climatic Change

Roger Falconer

Fellow of the Bristh Royal Academy of Engineering, International Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering(online)

Chair Professor of Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development;Emeritus Professor of Cardiff University

Wang Guoqing,Prof

Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

Global river runoff change induced by human activities and climate change

Yu Zhongbo,Prof

Hohai University;Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development

Addressing challenge in the study of Tibetan plateau hydrologic cycle under climate change

Jeseph Lee

Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering Macau University of Science and Technology;President of International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research

Unraveling the causes of excess lead in drinking water supply systems of densely populated high-rise buildings in Hong Kong

Ding Yihui,Prof

China meteorological administration,National Climate Center

An analysis of causes of the record - breaking flooding in the Yangtze river in 2020 and related risk assessment

Johannes Cullmann,Director(online)

World Meteorological Organization

Climate Change and associated water risks - the global picture

Zhong Zhiyu,Chief Engineer

Changjiang Water Resources Commission

Coordinated operation of the reservoir cascade on the Yangtze during the 2020 flood

Wang Annan,Chief Planner

Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China

Planing for water security in the Fourteenth Fiver Year Plan

Jiao Yong,Dr

NPC Standing Committee Member;Former Vice Minister of Water Resources of China;Member of the Academic Committee of Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development

The Yangtze Protection Low

Lei Mingshan,Chairman

China Three Gorges Corporation

Clean Energy and Ecology,the Two Wings for Water Security of the Yangtze River

Apr 24, 2021



Parallel & special sessions

Apr 23, 2021




Apr 23, 2021



Water resource protection & development (Plenary session)

Apr 23, 2021




Apr 23, 2021



Aquatic ecology and water engineering(Plenary session)

Apr 22, 2021




Apr 22, 2021



Climate change and risks (Plenary session)

Apr 22, 2021




Apr 22, 2021



Intergrated River Basin Management (Plenary session)

Apr 22, 2021




Apr 21, 2021




Apr 21, 2021