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Austrian Experts Attended Symposium and Joined in Research on Small Hydropower Environment

   ---During Nov. 4-6, 2015, a delegation of 4 persons was invited to attend the Symposium on 13th Five-year Plan for Rural Hydropower Development in China, including Ms. Elisabeth Rysanek, the Counselor from the Embassy of the Republic of Austria in China, who is in charge of agriculture, forestry and environment, Ms. Birgit Vogel, Head of RBM Solutions-River Basin Management, Mr. Stefan Schmutz, Head of Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, and Mr. Peter Matt, Head of Engineering Services of the Vorarlberger Illwerke AG. The symposium, under the framework of China-Europe Water Platform, was co-organized by HRC and ICSHP, and sponsored by Special Committee on Hydropower Generation of Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society, Special Committee on Small Hydropower of Chinese Society for Hydropower Engineering and The International Small Hydropower Association.

   On the symposium, Austrian side presented three papers including Water Resources Management and Hydropower in Austria as well as Related Cooperation Activities with China under the China-Europe Water Platform, Implementation of Green Hydropower Standards in Austria and the European Union towards Sustainable Development, and Hydropower and the Environment in Austria from the Point of View of a Hydropower Operator: (i) today in context with the past and (ii) current environmental measures.

   During their stay in Nanjing, the delegation was introduced to understand the development history and research status of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, the Special Committee's organization, SHP periodical and rural hydropower development in China, etc. Besides, the delegation paid a visit to Tiexinqiao Research Base of Water Science and Engineering. Both sides expressed their willingness to have joint researches on the small hydropower impact on environment. HRC will cooperate with Austrian side for making comparison studies and the applications of SHP environmental standards.(2015-11-23)



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