13 May 2015

DHI participated in a round table discussion with China's Minister of Water Resources

We presented our solutions related to the prevention and modelling of floods for Chen Lei, China’s Minister of Water Resources, and an expert delegation at a round table discussion at the Confederation of Danish Industry on 13 May 2015.

Ole Mark, DHI Denmark’s Research and Development (R&D) Centre Director, and Qian-Ming Lu, Managing Director of DHI China, discussed our experiences with flooding in cities with Minister Chen Lei. The presentation focused on the impact of the increasing frequency and severity of flooding as well as the consequences, including for traffic.

We also highlighted the results that can be achieved using our MIKE FLOOD modelling software to identify and mitigate risks. By modelling flood risks in cities, authorities can:

  • utilise a comprehensive tool to analyse risks and consequences
  • develop real-time warning systems
  • prevent and mitigate damage due to floods
  • improve response time when floods happens

We also provided more information about the Partnership for Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). The results of the partnership and planned activities for 2015 to 2017 will be presented at a seminar on 2 June 2015. DHI facilitates this partnership on behalf of the Danish Nature Agency within the framework of the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP), which is a project to promote Sino-European cooperation on water. More information about the CEWP is available here: www.cewp.org.

Together with Danish, European, and Chinese partners, our activities as part of the Partnership for Integrated Urban Water Management enhance efforts related to:

  • reducing leakage in urban water distribution systems 
  • developing local solutions for water use in cities, including recreational purposes 
  • improving urban water resources and water reuse
  • mitigating the effects of floods and extreme rainfall events

The Chinese delegation was in Denmark to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China.  Minister Chen Lei attended the CEWP Annual Meeting while in Denmark. During the meeting he and Kirsten Brosbøl, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment, signed a declaration of continued cooperation and a three-year Work Programme for the CEWP.