Apr 08, 2015

SIWI joins Swedish Deputy Prime Minister’s mission to Beijing

Representatives from SIWI will join the Swedish delegation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate and the Environment Minister Dr, Åsa Romson on a visit to China this week.

SIWI Executive Director Mr Torgny Holmgren will join in Sweden’s bi-lateral meetings with the Chinese Minister of Water Resources, Hon. Chen Lei and Minister of Environmental Protection, Hon. Chen Jining, among others.

On April 9, SIWI, together with the Development Research Centre of the Ministry of Water Resources, the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute and others, will co-organize a Sino-Swedish roundtable on Water Management and Policy Innovation. The discussion with include the key challenges, counter-measures and opportunities for innovation to support water security and sustainable development.

Immediately following the event, Mr Holmgren will present the key messages from the expert group as input into the bi-lateral ministerial meeting.

In the coming weeks, SIWI will initiate several new programmes working with China; including the China Programme of the Swedish Textile Water Initiative, the Tai Basin Urban Water Security Programme and the Horizon 2020 project “PIANO – Policies, Innovation And Networks for enhancing Opportunities for China Europe Water Cooperation”.

SIWI has been actively engaged in China over the past half-decade, with close collaborations with the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR). We have provided applied research, policy studies and capacity building programmes, together with a range of partners from academia and research.

On behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Environment, SIWI coordinates Swedish participation in the EU China Water Platform and the co-led programme on the water-energy-food nexus together with partners from China, the United Kingdom, Austria and across Europe.