On November 10th, World Estuarine Cities Conference for Cooperation and Development opens in Dongying, which is co-sponsored by Shandong Provincial People’s Government, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Yellow River Water Conservancy Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources, and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The world estuary cities high quality development forum will be held in the same period.
The World Estuarine Cities Conference for Cooperation and Development, with the theme of “Embrace the Sea for a Shared Future”, aims to build a high level international open-up and cooperation platform for world estuarine cities to share experience and practices in ecological conservation and high-quality development and to reach a wide range of consensus. It will make positive contribution to building a community with a shared future for humanity.
Stjepan Mesic, former president of Croatia, Alexander Subbertin, former Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus and governor of Vitebsk state, principals of sponsors, representatives of international organizations and estuarine cities made speech on the conference.
In the opening ceremony, two important research achievements are published– Development Study Report on World Estuarine Cities 2022 and Theory and Practice of Shandong on Ecological Conservation and High-quality Development of the Yellow River Basin, and three international cooperation programs are initiated, which are International Friendship Park Twinning Program, “Yellow River Culture” International Youth Exchange Camp, and International Migratory Birds Protection Campaign respectively. Moreover, the Dongying Initiative for Cooperation and Development of World Estuarine Cities are released and the “World Estuarine City Partnership Program” is officially launched.
The world estuary cities high quality development forum mainly focuses on the high quality development path of estuarine cities. Five experts are invited to make reports and express their opinions on value realization of estuary ecological products, economic sustainable development, promoting high quality development of marine industry from both offshore and onshore perspectives, development study of estuarine cities, and ecological conservation and water protection. They also shared practices and ideas in green, low-carbon and high-quality development and the path to promote coordinated development of ecology and economy in estuarine cities. All these efforts will provide practical reference for ecological conservation and high-quality development of estuarine cities, and contribute wisdom and solutions for solving global environmental and energy problems.
This Conference is organized in both online or offline means, with the main venue in Dongying city, Shandong province and 15 parallel sessions in 11 foreign cities across six countries, Yellow River Water Conservancy Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources, and 15 cities of Shandong respectively. A great number of representatives, Chinese and foreign experts and scholars, and entrepreneurs attended this Conference, including representatives from relevant international organizations and institutes, foreign diplomats in China, local government, trade associations and foreign institutions in China, Shandong provincial people’s government, the Yellow River and water resource administration system, and universities in Shandong.