1CEWP in Brief
The China Europe Water Platform was launched at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France, by signing of a Joint Statement between the Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, represented by the Danish Minister of the Environment.
Chen Lei Minster of Water Resources of China and Ida Auken Minister of the Environment of Denmark signing the Joint Statement on the China Europe Water Platform.
A sustained cooperation on management of water as a crucial natural resource is of strategic importance to China and Europe to avert a future global water crisis and its potential impacts on social and economic development and stability, especially achieving water supply security, food security and ecological security including the ability to sustain a sound vegetation cover mitigating climate change.
The China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) is intended to promote policy dialogue, joint research and business development in the water sector. It opens a new chapter in the cooperation between China and Europe based on mutual interest, benefit and funding, thus emphasising that it is a cooperation between equal partners.
The CEWP is a new regional component of the EU Water Initiative. It is administered by two secretariats hosted and financed by the Ministry of Water Resources on behalf of China and by the Ministry of the Environment of Denmark on behalf of the EU and its Member States. EU member states as well as government agencies, research institutions, private sector companies and international organisations in both China and Europe are invited to co-lead specific themes or topics. Portugal and Austria have expressed interest as co-lead countries.
4What’s in it for China and Europe
The CEWP will add value as focal point for water policy dialogue between China and Europe that can create synergy and avoid duplication within existing and future bi-lateral cooperation projects, by targeting of research, by facilitating business development and by identifying potential sources of finance in both China and Europe.
China No. 1 Document
Chinese Water Policy 2011-2020 is expressed in the Government of China 2011 No.1 Document on “Accelerating Water Conservancy Reform and Development”, which commits China to deep reforms in water management supported by investment of €500 billion over the next 10 years. Key MWR strategies are expressed in the Three Red Lines, which aim to limit total water use by strict demand management, to achieve higher water use efficiency in industry and agriculture, and to improve water quality by a cap on pollutions loads within Water Functional Zones.
EU Water Blueprint
EU Water Policy up to 2020 will be expressed in the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe´s Water due in November 2012, building on experience from implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, a review of existing EU Water legislation, the Water Scarcity and Droughts strategy and assessment of vulnerability of EU Water resources. Pre-views envisage actions to strengthen the implementation of economic instruments, integrating water issues into other policies improving governance of water to strengthen the preparation of 2nd round river basin Management Plans by 2015 and improve knowledge on economic analysis and the EU Water Information System.
The principal role of the secretariats is to encourage and facilitate the cooperation and exchange between governments, organisations and companies in China and Europe by dissemination of information on the water sector in China and Europe.
Important channels of information will be annual policy dialogue seminars in China and/or Europe as well as the annual EU Water Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Forum held during the World Water Week in Stockholm in August. In these meetings and at their web-sites the secretariats will inform of priority topics for cooperation, research and business development, potential sources of their finance, and advise on potential sources of finance.
Head of Secretariat: Hao Zhao
Mobile: +86 1350 138 2955
Department of International Cooperation Science and Technology, Ministry of Water Resources of China, 2 Lane 2 Baiguang Lu, Beijing 100053.
Head of Secretariat: Henrik Dissing
Mobile: +45 4178 2030
Nature Agency, Ministry of the Environment,
Haraldsgade 53, 2100 Copenhagen Ø.