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International Webinar on Content Sharing of IWA World Water Congress in Copenhagen (III)

Updated on November 10, 2022

The 3rd webinar in a series for Content Sharing from the 2022 IWA World Water Congress in Copenhagen was held on November 10, 2022. The webinar series is jointly hosted by the International Forum of Water Sustainability (IFWS) and Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT). Ms. Corinne Trommsdorff, CEO and Founder of Water Cities, and Prof. Tony Wong, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering were invited to hold a discussion with the Chinese attendees of the webinar and express their perspectives on urban water management. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Panlong Lv, School of Environmental and Municipal Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology. Also, over 12000 researchers, technologists, and students joined the webinar.

Dr. Lv first extended a warm welcome to all the experts from home and abroad who participated in the webinar. He also explained that the webinar will share the main contents of the IWA Copenhagen World Water Conference Keynote and Plenary Panel Discussions-1. After the video sharing, questions and discussions will be held.

This webinar shared the first keynote report of the IWA Copenhagen World Water Congress, which is titled “A Practical Perspective in Building Resilience into Urban Water Management” by Prof. Rohit T. Aggarwala, the Commissioner for Environmental Protection of the City of New York, United States of America. He reviewed the historical development of water management in New York City and summarized the experiences of urban water systems in coping with the impacts of climate change. He also, put forward constructive suggestions to enhance the resilience of the city. A panel discussion was carried out after the keynote report. Ms. Corinne Trommsdorff, CEO and Founder of Water Cities was invited as the panel moderator. The panelists consisted of Ms. Austin Alexander, Vice-president of Sustainability & Social Impact of Xylem, USA, Ms. Lynn Broaddus, Immediate Past President and Board Trustee of the Water Environment Federation, USA, and Prof. Tony Wong, Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities of Monash University, Australia. They discussed the key elements to enhance the resilience of urban water systems from different perspectives.

In the end, Professor Wang Xiaochang gave concluding remarks in both Chinese and English. Also, Professor Tony Wong and Ms. Corinne Trommsdorff presented their views on adaptive urban water management and had an in-depth discussion. They showed its profound significance for sponge city construction and that it could guide water resource professionals engaged in scientific research and engineering practice.