On 18 June 2019, a seminar on sponge city was organized by DutchFloriade World Expo 2022 at the INBAR pavilion. The theme is Climate Resilient Strategies for Water Sensitive Cities.
It aims to discuss different approaches of urban design to minimize environmental degradation, scaling up investments in water supply and integrated urban water cycle, innovation in sustainable urban drainage and groundwater Systems and Sponge City aesthetics and recreational appeal.
The event saw a large and variegated participation from different countries like China, the Netherlands, Thailand, India, Indonesia, middle east and Africa.
In the seminar, Mr. Goet, Secretary-General of Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has given an opening speech addressing the importance of the sustainability of our eco-system. Furthermore, lectures have been given on urban wetlands and sponge city approaches, effective management of groundwater for urban and agriculture areas.
The Key expert of EC-link Project Ms. Xiaocun Ruan gave a presentation on implementation resilience in Zhuhai with an integrated approach on different scale, on city regional level, district level and building level. The presentation has concluded and emphasized the resilient city development is a task of everyone, not only the city decision makers, technical experts, but also citizens.
The presentation received great appreciation among participants, in light of the effective work and cooperation developed from EC-Link Project and due to the great relevance of “resilient cities” in the Chinese contest.