About the Forum


Water lies at the heart of life and well-being, yet it is a finite resource which is quickly outpaced by the global demand in rapid growth. The UN SDG 6 aims at "availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all", prioritising the importance of water security and sustainability in the societal and environmental welfare. However, such welfare is challenged by the current water availability. On a global scale, more than two billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress. In China, 30% of its land area is suffering from high or extremely high water stress. About two thirds of Chinese cities are having problems sustaining sufficient water supply. Therefore properly managed water has a major stake in the future. Global changes are bringing immensely profound impacts to the earth system and hence the future.

Under a warming climate, extreme events like floods and droughts are staged at an increased intensity and frequency. The rising sea level poses major threat of coastal flooding, and impacts estuary systems drastically. These changes also stagger the ecological systems with symptoms such as biodiversity loss and rapid degradation. The success and resilience of water management is highly dependant on our technical innovations and institutional capacities. We need to change our ways of thinking, living and managing to adapt to such global changes.

In 2015 and 2017, two Forums on water security and sustainability have been held in Nanjing, attracting attention of researchers both in China and around the world. Hence, YICODE, HHU and NHRI, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, are proudly announcing the 3rd Forum of the series in 2020 to continue our discussion on water security and sustainability. We sincerely hope this could provide an open, frank, productive and multi-disciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in the field. Researchers and practitioners around the globe are welcome to take part in the two-day discussion from cross-cutting perspectives.

ESTDS Forums

The Water Security and Sustainability Forum is one of the International Top-level Forums on Engineering Science and Technology Development Strategy (ESTDS) sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The ESTDS Forums of the Chinese Academy of Engineering could date back to 2011 when the Academy started to vision the future development of engineering science in the upcoming 20 years and even further through strategic discussions and studies. ESTDS Forums are best-known for their inter-disciplinary and international ways of thinking. They try to break disciplinary boundaries for synergy in innovation and bridge the physical distances between world's leading experts for international cooperation. ESTDS Forums focus on themes that are macro-scale, strategically significant, and forward-looking.

Theme & topics


  • Water security and sustainability


  • Integrated River Basin Management, including but not limited to river basin sustainability, institutions, eco-compensation, modern water governance
  • Climate Change and Risks, including but not limited to climate change and projections, extreme climatic events, scenarios and uncertainties, climate impacts and adaptation, flood risk management, urban flooding
  • Aquatic ecology and water engineering, including but not limited to aquatic environment and ecology, eco-friendly water engineering, river and lake health assessment, resilience of water infrastructures
  • Water resources protection and development, including but not limited to high efficiency water use, water saving, water allocation, unconventional water sources and risk control, groundwater protection and development



Advisory Committee

  • Yihui Ding
    Yihui Ding, Prof.

    Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Kejian Ma
    Kejian Ma, Prof.

    Chinese Academy of Engineering

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Academic Committee

  • Hongqi Ma
    Hongqi Ma, Prof. Chair

    Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Roger Falconer
    Roger Falconer, Prof. Chair

    University of Cardiff

  • Hui Xu
    Hui Xu, Prof. Vice Chair

    Hohai University

  • Jiqun Dai
    Jiqun Dai, Prof. Vice Chair

    Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

  • Joseph Lee
    Joseph Lee, Prof. Vice Chair

    International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research

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Organising Committee

  • Jianyun Zhang
    Jianyun Zhang, Prof. Chair

    Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Hongwu Tang
    Hongwu Tang, Prof. Vice Chair

    Hohai University

  • Shengshui Chen
    Shengshui Chen, Prof. Vice Chair

    Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

  • Yaohui An
    Yaohui An Vice Chair

    Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Xinhua Tang
    Xinhua Tang Vice Chair

    Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society

  • TBC
    TBC Vice Chair

    China Three Gorges Group

  • Xiandong Wang
    Xiandong Wang Vice Chair

    Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission (Yangtze Economic Belt Development Office)

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  • Jinhai Zheng
    Jinhai Zheng,  Prof. Secretary General

    Hohai University

  • Yun Li
    Yun Li,  Prof. Secretary General

    Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

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Time & Venue

The forum will be held in its permanent home, Nanjing in east China, where the ancient Qinhuai River of romance meets the mighty Yangtze.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Forum has been postponed to 21 to 24 Apr 2021.

More details of the venue will be released very soon.


Pease email estds@nhri.cn for enquries. The following members of the Secretariat will get back to you at the earliest convenience.

  • Chunhui Lu
    Chunhui Lu
    • Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development & Hohai University
    • 1 Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098, P. R. China
  • David Zhou
    David Zhou
    • Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development & Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute
    • 223 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing 210029, P. R. China