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5th International Yellow River Forum

The 5th International Yellow River Forum organised by the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR), China and its river basin authority Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC), was held in Zhengzhou from 24 – 28 September in Zhengzhou, China.

The forum attracted over 1,500 participants from 60 countries and regions. The International WaterCentre was invited as a co-organiser for one of the five thematic sessions – River Health and Environmental Flows.

The River Health and Environmental Flows session is closely related to the theme of the forum – ‘Ensuring Water Right of the River’s Demand and Healthy River Basin Maintenance’.

A healthy river provides benefits to economic development, social activities and the health of the ecosystem. ‘Ensuring Water Right of the River’s Demand and Healthy River Basin Maintenance’ is the theme of this river forum, and the River Health and Environmental Flows session covered broader topics, including the value of measuring the health of rivers, river health assessment plans in ten key river basins of China and water allocation and E-flows in China; as well as practical technical experiences and best practices shared by cases study from China and other regions in the world.

Concepts, strategies and effective approaches to river health and environmental flows were shared among all participants to promote the best practices in their river basins. ‘Maintain a healthy life of the river’ became a shared vision to river managers.


Yellow River Report Card launch

 Yellow River Report Card launch


National Water Commissioner and Director of the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Professor Stuart Bunn, presented the Yellow River Report Card to the Deputy Commissioner of YRCC, Mr Liao Yiwei, in a launching ceremony. The report card was one of the outcomes of the IWC managed project River Health and Environmental Flows in China, undertaken as part of the Australia China Environmental Development Partnership (ACEDP) program funded by AusAID and with support from the Chinese government.

Creating water leaders for the future is the vision of IWC. International WaterCentre and UNESCO-IHE co-hosted an Alumni lunch to celebrate their success in creating water leaders. Mr Mark Pascoe, CEO of International WaterCentre, and Dr András Szöllösi-Nagy, Chair of UNESCO-IHE, both welcomed students attending the reunion. Over 70 graduates from both organisations attended the alumni session to share the experiences and benefits that their international education has brought them. IWC Graduates Katie Spooner from WWF UK and Zhao Xiaochen (Sunny) from Pearl River Water Resources shared their experience as IWC graduates.


IWC-UNESCO-IHE Alumni launch

IWC-UNESCO-IHE Alumni launch


An MOU between IWC and YRCC was renewed in the closing ceremony with an action plan focus on building capacity of staff from YRCC by providing world class education and professional development programs. There have been 157 students in the IWC-China Alumni Network over the past four years, including mid to senior river managers from various training programs and  Master programs. 

To promote the Australian water industry in China, Australian Trade Commission (AusTrade) hosted an Australian Water Capability Showcase Event. Seven Australian organisations that have been actively participating in the China water industry were invited to present, including GHD, eWater and International WaterCentre. Mr Mark Pascoe was invited to present an overview of the Australian water industry, while Ms Fiona Chandler, Program Manager of IWC, talked about creating water leaders for the future.


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See presentations from the thematic session River Health and Environmental Flows

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