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9th session IFGR in China: Fruitful discussions about biodiversity, through the example of the Yellow River

IFGR gathered for the first time its experts in Asia, at the invitation of the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) last October. At the head of a delegation of forty people, the chairman Erik Orsenna, applauded  the high-quality of the discussions about biodiversity and the extremely rapid progress made in China to preserve the environment. Known for its devastating floods and recently for its drought, the Yellow River has always been a difficult river to control. An important success has been achieved: the river no longer kills but a new battle is now engaged to preserve life. Faced with the urgency of a massive extinction of biodiversity, building together the knowledge needed for transitions, sharing solutions to avoid to make the same mistakes, involving as many people as possible in the development of a common history are three essential objectives. That’s the essence of our debates and our will to bring a contribution for rivers and biodiversity to the World Nature Summit and  COP15 in 2020. 

Quick photo reportagon the highlights of this session

Monday, October 21: Opening of the conference at the French Embassy in China – Beijing 

With the attendance of  (from left to right) : LI Wenxue, Vice-Commissionner of the YRCC;  LI Ge, representative of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources; Erik ORSENNA, Chaiman of IFGR; Elisabeth AYRAULT, CEO of CNR; Laurent BILI, French Ambassador in China; Dr. WANG Yi, Member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Nicolas CHAPUIS, Ambassador of the European Union in China.

Tuesday, October 22: Opening conference at the YRCC headquarters, in Zhengzhou


With the participation of HAO Zhao, General Secretary of the China Europe Water Platform, Ministry of Water Resources; HE Ping, Lead scientist of thr Chinese Academy of Environmental ; World Bank; representatives of SDG in Asian coutries; IFGR members and representatives of the YRCC.



Wednesday, October: visit of the  Xiaolangdi dam

Read the article published in the newspaper LA CROIX : The paradoxes of ecology in China.

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