Zhao Runtian, Vice Governor,
People’s Government of Shandong Province
16th May 2013
Respected Vice Minister Jiao Yong, Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
During the beautiful season with spring blossoms, Jinan, named as the City of Spring, opens her arms to the guests from Europe and China, to exchange ideas on the water issues which attached mutual attentions.
Firstly, on behalf of People’s Government of Shandong Province, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the Workshop, warmhearted welcome to all the participants and heartfelt thanks to the leaders and specialists of all circles from Europe and China, for your long-term support to the progress of reform and development on water resources administration in Shandong.
Shandong Province lies in the east coast of China's mainland. As a densely populated and leading province economically, Shandong has a long history and splendid culture. Within this land, the Yellow River, which is looked as the mother river of Chinese Nation, empties into the ocean. Within this land, the world famous Grand Canal from Beijing to Hangzhou runs through the Province from north to south. Within this land, the east branch of national South-to-North Water Diversion Project will be completed soon.
Affected by the special geographic position and climate conditions, the basic condition of the Province is featured as densely populated, unmatched land resources and water insufficiency. Due to less precipitation and uneven distribution in time and space, Shandong is hit by drought in most of years, resulting in vulnerability in ecology, with three water issues of water insufficiency, water ecology degradation, and water disaster threat side-by-side.
In this Province, the average water resources amounts 30.3 billion m³, 1.08% of the national equivalent. The water resources per capita is 322 m³, 1/6 of the national average. The issue of water insufficiency has become the main bottleneck to the sustainable development of society and economic.
Historically, the Provincial Government attached high importance to the water issues, guiding and working with the people to put great efforts into water conservancy persistently. The remarkable achievements made a sound basis for the sustainable development of society and economic.
With the water resources of 1.08% of the national equivalent give the access of irrigation to cultivated land of 5.48% of the national equivalent, raising the population of 7.15% of the national equivalent, producing the crops of 7.7% of the national equivalent, and supporting the economic aggregate of 9.63% of the national equivalent.
Especially in recent years, focusing on the bottleneck issues, actions were taken combined bring the benefit and remove the harm, with equal attentions on both further exploitation and saving, protection and development. Shandong took the lead in China in formulating and implementing the Management Provisions on Total Water Usage Control, and such measures were made as water system ecology planning, the expediting of modernized water grid with multi-functions of flood control, water supplying, and ecological rehabilitation, as well as provincial evaluation criteria on water ecology promotion city. And consequently, all the cities in the Province are in the progress of water ecology promotion and the capital city of Jinan was taken as the pilot by Ministry of Water Resources.
But we still clearly aware that, the issues of water resources administration, water disaster control and water ecology protection are facing new challenge due to new conditions of expediting modernization progress, growing influence of global climate change, and high expectation to better life from the people. Especially during the synchronous progress of industrialization, IT application, urbanization, and agricultural modernization, the major topic on how to effectively protect and rehabilitate water ecology to avoid further degradation even disaster, need our inevitable resolution without any rescue. Therefore, the ecological promotion needs more efforts on water resources protection, ecological rehabilitation and environment improvement. Meanwhile, the water administration is expected to play the role of fundament, pilot and leading in water ecology promotion.
Ladies and gentlemen, focusing on the common concerned water issues, we sincerely expect all the guests share the advanced concept and new achievements on water administration and sustainable development, enhance the exchanges in science and technology as well as project cooperation, build consensus and promote the friendship. On the other hand, I would like to take this opportunity to listen to the experience and recommendations from you on water administration reform and development in Shandong.
Finally, I wish the workshop a great success, and all the guests enjoy your stay. Thank you!责编：魏永静