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1 Address Water challenges with joint hands for promoting sustainable development Address Water challenges with joint hands for promoting sustainable development Dr. JIAO Yong Vice Minister of Water Resources, China June 8, 2011, Marseille

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3 World Water Council Members Meeting Congratulations from Ministry of Water Resources, China

4 World Water Council Members Meeting Chinese experiences in respect to integrated water resources management and views on sustainable use of water resources I would like to share with you

5 “ As the world charts a more sustainable future, the crucial interplay among water, food and energy is one of the most formidable challenges we face. Without water there is no dignity and no escape from poverty. ” Message on 2011 World Water Day By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

6 Why we gathering here… Members Meeting --a platform for discussion, communication and cooperation Water issue must be placed as the top priority, and Governments and international communities to take much care about sustainability of water use

7 National Facts of China Large population Fast economic growth Low water resources per capita : 28% of the world average

8 National Facts of China Uneven water distribution in space and time Not compatible: water distribution v.s economic layout P≥800mm P≤200mm North, 19% South, 81% Total Water Resources

9 Achievements in Water Sector Large-scale development in water sector since 1949

10 Achievements in Water Sector Irrigation: 60m ha National food security Reservoirs: 870,000 Dyke: 290,000 km Reservoirs: 870,000 Dyke: 290,000 km Flood control system for key rivers Water supply capacity: 660b m 3 Industrialization, urbanization, modernization Erosion controlled: 1m km 2 Improved environment

11 – Frequency of basin-wide large flood: up 20% – Frequency of severe drought: up 18% – Insufficient agricultural infrastructure jeopardize Food security – Urban population increases with urbanization Water Challenges in China Water problems still remain in China due to the basic water condition with interactions of impacts of global climate change

12 Ecological security – Over-pumping of groundwater – Shrinking river system – Deteriorating wetland Water Challenges in China

13 Sustainability as the fundamental principle of water development People at center for concern Transition of water strategy Progress in water sector

14 300m rural population access to safe drinking water ( ) 6 years ahead of MDGs 7,356 (US$ 10b in 3 years) reservoirs repaired & reinforced 200 GW hydropower developed Sufficient food supply with fare prices – Not rely on international market – 13 million ha. Irrigation farmland improved Water Problems addressed

15 No. 1 Document in 2011: relates to the reform and development in water sector has paramount significance for the nation gives a panorama of goals, policies and tasks for next 10 years The latest water policy

16 No. 1 Document states: Water is the origin for life, the vital element for production and the foundation for ecology. Water is of the characteristics of public interests, basic and strategic functions. The latest water policy

17 In future, Chinese government will: highlight the safety and quality of people’s livelihood emphasize equality of public water services focus on improvement of vulnerable aspects in respect to water pay more attention on sustainable use of water (to be con’d) Future Focuses

18 implement strict water management construct water-saving society protect water resources, and creat compatibility between bearing capacity of water resources and economy enhance capacity building for organizations promote participation of the public in water management Future Focuses

19 CHINA South-South Cooperation and Bilateral aids Technical support: -Sedimentation reduction -Small hydro -IWRM -Dam engineering -Rainwater collection & utilization International Cooperation South-South Cooperation

20 With non-governmental organizations International Cooperation GWP WWCICOLD ICID IAHR IWMIINBO Through water forums & events Share experience and lessons in water management

21 Progress since 1992 UNCED… Internationally recognized: IWRM Indispensable role of water in poverty-reduction & development Governments and international organizations actively responded to initiatives and agreements Strong willing to work together for MDGs, and to cope with water-related natural disasters

22 Raise awareness, urge commitment & action Promote sustainable water development & protection Initiate World Water Forum: important platform World Water Council plays a significant role to China highly values WWC’s role in addressing water-related problems

23 Water issue should be identified as one of the main themes for sustainable development at the global event. Time for Action

24 Make constant efforts to realize promises with actions Call for the water issue as the top priority for sustainable development, and Strengthen cooperation with all international communities China’s Commitment

25 Thank you


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