International Roundtable Exchange on Urban Adaptation Governance: Supporting Beijing Water Eco-Restoration Strategy



23 March 2022, 12:00 CET

Event description:

Environmental pressures in China mainly manifest through water stress exacerbated by climate change, with Beijing being one of the most affected cities. Beijing is the first city in China to initiate land and space ecological restoration, using the five major rivers and canals across the city as green corridors to improve the water system’s connectivity and restore the river channel’s ecological function. The principles and research design for water restoration in Beijing can benefit from international lessons learned.

The Global Center on Adaptation, as a knowledge broker for adaptation solutions, is facilitating a knowledge exchange through a series of roundtable discussions between the city of Beijing and international experts to help inform and shape Beijing’s water restoration strategy. This roundtable discussion (the third in the series) featured experts who have participated in the planning and coordination of urban resilience initiatives and projects, as well as the Beijing partners, to share their experience with a special focus on governance and explore further collaboration opportunities.



The aims of this roundtable were:

  • Exchange of knowledge and experience among cities globally on adaptation governance at the city level;
  • Sharing of Beijing’s experience in governance using the example of the water eco-restoration plan project and beyond.


Chair: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Advisor, Global Center on Adaptation

12:00-12:10 Opening & Introductions

  • Short remarks by Joep Verhagen, Program Lead Water & Urban, and Aiping Chen, Regional Director of the China Office, GCA
  • Short remarks by ZHAO Dan, Senior Engineer, BICP
  • Introduction of key participants

12:10-12:55 Presentations by international experts

  • Presentation by Mr. WEI, Baoyi, Senior Engineer, Deputy Head of the Institute of Ecological Planning, BICP: Beijing Water Ecological Restoration and Conservation Planning and Implementation under the Background of Climate Adaptation
  • Presentation by Ms. Marina Trentin, City Resilience Department, Milan Municipality
  • Presentation by Mr. Elijah Hutchinson, Vice President of Waterfronts, New York

12:55-13:10 Discussion with special guests

  • Katrin Bruebach, Global Director Programs, Innovation & Impact, Resilient Cities Network
  • Arnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Rotterdam and lead cities at GCA

13:10-13:50 Facilitated discussion
Based on the presentations and framing questions, this section is for all participants to interact on topics of interest

13:50-14:00 Summary takeaways and closing