UNESCO Ecohydrology Centre from Poland will share experience with Chinese scientists for improvement of water quality in the world's largest reservoir

Last modified: 09 December 2009

Prof. Zalewski - the Director of the International Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences - European Regional Centre Ecohydrology under the auspices of UNESCO (ERCE UNESCO) and Chairman of Department of Applied Ecology University of Lodz (DAE UL), during the opening lecture of the workshop on Ecohydrology for the sustainable management of ecosystems and water resources, which was organized in the framework of China-Europe Forum, introduced the Ecohydrology concept and its ongoing implementation for IWRM.

Chinese hosts introduced the urgent problems concerning sustainable management of water resources, among them occurrence of toxic algal blooms in Three Gorges Reservoir.
Three Gorges dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric generating station with fundamental importance for the development of Chinese economy, the reservoir plays a role in flood protection and transportation,  and in the periods of drought is a source of drinking water and water for agriculture. The biggest problem for Three Gorger Reservoir are blue-green algal blooms, which are a serious threat to health of millions people benefiting from its resources. Toxins produced by blue-green algae may lead to many health problems, including even cancer.
The planned Polish-Chinese cooperation project concerns methodology and key techniques on the prediction and early warning of algal blooms in the tributaries of the Three Gorges Reservoir in China. As a further step ERCE UNESCO with Chinese partners will develop a joint research programme on the analysis of fate and transport of nutrients and their biogeochemical cycling for ecohydrological restoration of the reservoir.
Representatives from the Faculty of Urban and Environmental Engineering of Chongqing University and the Key Laboratory of the Three Reservoir Region's Eco-environment expressed their high interest in cooperation with ERCE, which resulted in signing the preliminary agreement.

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