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Water security crucial to sustainable development

| 2017-11-02
(Chinese Social Sciences Today)

The Second International Top-Level Forum on Engineering Science and Technology Development Strategy was held at Hohai University in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, from Oct. 19 to 20. Nearly 400 representatives from China and abroad had an in-depth discussion focused on the theme of “Water Security and Sustainable Development Under a Changing Environment.” Zhang Jianyun, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, said that such factors as rapid industrialization, urbanization and global climate change have made the issue of water security more pressing. Jiao Yong, former deputy minister of the Ministry of Water Resources, stressed the importance of water governance. Jiao said it is vital to conserve water while balancing population, economy and resource use. It is also necessary to strengthen water infrastructure and encourage an ecologically conscious society.