Author(s): Joseph Hun-Wei Lee
Linked Author(s): Joseph Hun-Wei Lee
Keywords: Water ecological civilisation; Guiyan Eco Forum
IAHR President Prof. Joseph Lee attended the Eco Forum Global Guiyang 2021 on July 12, 2021 and talked on the water ecological civilization, calling for international cooperation to improve eco-environmental monitoring capacity and jointly address global challenges. In his keynote speech entitled “Water Ecological Civilization Implementation in an International Megacity” and delivered at one of the thematic sessions, “Protect the Ecology of Rivers and Lakes, Practice Ecological Civilization” co-hosted by the People’s Government of Guizhou and the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR), Prof. Lee briefed IAHR’s strategic plan and shared information on three topics namely innovative flood control in sponge cities, new generation sewage strategies and harmful algal blooms proliferation and fishery management through a case study of Hong Kong. On this basis, Lee put forward the problems facing the current construction of smart cities and offered IAHR solutions, receiving an active response from leaders and experts present. Finally, he stressed that countries across the world and international organizations should work together to address global challenges by cementing cooperation on ecological civilization, enhancing the ability to monitor the ecological environment and improving scientific research. The Eco Forum (EFG 2021), organized in Guiyang, southwestern China’s Guizhou Province both virtually and physically, was themed on “Green and Low-carbon Development – Fostering a Community of Life for Man and Nature,” and attended by over 500 participants, including government officials, experts and scholars, and well-known business leaders from home and broad, who gave talks on ecological civilization in pursuit of green development. During the forum, 22 sessions were organized.