Project kick-off and expert consultation meeting held successfully

November 21, 2013, the kick-off and expert consultation meeting of the EU-China Environmental Sustainability Project "Better water ecological environment in Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) with less pollution discharge to the rivers and Bohai Sea " was held in Tianjin. Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau, Tianjin Binhai New Area Environmental Protection and Urban Appearance Administration Bureau, Tianjin Binhai New Area Construction and Transportation Bureau (Water Affairs Bureau) and leaders and experts from the project participants attended the meeting.

The project is the first EU project which TAES taking the lead in application, the project will last for three years, the project partners including: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute , Tanggu Drainage and Irrigation Administration Office of Tianjin Binhai New Area, National Engineering Research Center for Urban Water and Wastewater. The aim of the project is to establish new water environmental management model for costal city in Hai River Basin using engineering, ecological, management and policy measures.

In the project kick-off meeting, Mr. Lu Xue Qiang, vice president of TAES, as the project manager, reported on the project tasks and technical route; and later each work package leader introduced the detailed implementation plans of the WPs. Mr. Ősten Ekengren (vice president of IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Mr. Wang Lianshen (director of Tanggu Drainage and Irrigation Administration Office of Tianjin Binhai New Area), and Mr. Sun Yongli (deputy chief engineer of  National Engineering Research Center for Urban Water and Wastewater)gave presentation on each organization’s tasks arrangement and recommendations on the implementation of the project respectively. Expert Panel members, including Mr. Xin Zhiwei (Deputy director of Environmental Development Centre, Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection), Mr. Wang Qian (Deputy Director of Watershed Management Division, Pollution Prevention Department of Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection) , Mr. Zhang Xiaolan (Deputy Director of  Foreign Cooperation Center, Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection)  Mr. Lei Kun (Researcher from Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences) gave their comments and recommendation on each work package’s working arrangements and technical routes, following by discussion.

The holding of the meeting means the official launch of the project, it promoted the communication and cooperation among the project partners, and got great support from by project management units and the Experts, which will help a lot for the smooth conduct of the project and lay a good foundation for the project implementation in the future.

Updated: 2016-01-09

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