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Special Session: The world’s biggest river health initiative? Insights on large-scale ecosystem restoration, water security and resilience from the Yangtze River, China

IWRA 2021 World Water Congress in Daegu, Korea (29 November - 3 December 2021)
D. Healthy Waters
Author(s): Host : WWF *, GIWP

Host : WWF *, GIWP


  • David Tickner(WWF, United Kingdom)
  • Yuanyuan Li(GIWP, China)
  • Ying Qiu(WWF, China)
  • Robert Speed(Badu Advisory Pty Ltd, Australia)



1) Short Description

In a world of rapidly increasing water security and resilience challenges, and dramatically declining freshwater biodiversity, why should we care about river health? This session will share experience from 20 years of efforts to tackle problems affecting the health of Asia’s longest river, the Yangtze. As well as telling the story of conservation and strategic water management initiatives in the Yangtze itself, the session will focus on lessons for improving river health across Asia and the rest of the world to achieve strategic policy objectives.

2) Objectives

To promote restoration of river health as a means of achieving water security and resilience goals, and to aid recovery of freshwater biodiversity; and to share lessons on strategic water management approaches that safeguard and improve river health.

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