In order to enhance the cooperation and exchanges between the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China (NIES) and Korea Environment Institute (KEI) based on the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two sides, and approved by the Department of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the China-Korea Joint Seminar on Biodiversity and Environmental Governance was successfully organized by NIES in Hubei Hotel, Beijing, on November 15, 2018, with the support of the China-Korea Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation’s project (K20-1). More than 20 experts and scholars from the China Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Institute of Soil Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Minzu University of China, KEI and NIES participated in the seminar and conducted thematic discussions.
At the seminar, Mr. Weixin LI, the director of the Science and Technology Division of NIES and Mr. Sang-il HWANG, the director of the Department of Water and Land Research of KEI delivered speeches on behalf of NIES and KEI respectively. The experts at the symposium exchanged views and conducted discussions on the implementation of national strategies on biodiversity conservation, urban water environmental safety guarantee, soil heavy metal pollution treatment, environmental protection litigation, as well as the biodiversity conservation practices of international organizations such as UNDP and IUCN in China respectively.
Finally, the experts from NIES and KEI discussed the next step of in-depth cooperation between the two institutes. The two sides agreed that the two institutes have conducted five academic exchanges under the framework of MoU in the past three years, and obvious results have been achieved. In the future, the two sides will expand cooperation in the areas of eco-product value assessment, water pollution prevention and treatment, as well as soil pollution prevention and treatment on the basis of maintaining priority areas of cooperation such as biodiversity conservation and air pollution.
The successful convening of this seminar not only systematically sorted out the project cooperation between NIES and KEI, but also clarified the intention for the further multi-field cooperation between the two institutes in the future. Thus it was of guiding significance to NIES and KEI.