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Water efficiency, food security and environmental sustainability will be the focus of a new joint research centre between Australia and China, officially launched in Beijing today.

The Australia-China Joint Research Centre for River Basin Management led by the University of Melbourne will provide both countries with a new capacity to address national priorities for water resources management. 

This includes water catchment management, water productivity, environmental and rural community sustainability as well as technical and research capacity in these areas.

Professor Peter Scales, Deputy Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, the centre will involve expertise from across Australia including the CSIRO, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the University of Western Sydney.

In China, the Centre will be supported by ten partners including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Ministry for Water Resources and Tsinghua University.

Professor Scales said the new centre is well placed to respond to global needs.  “Maximising water security and efficiency while preserving water ecosystems is a global challenge exacerbated by changing climates and rapidly increasing populations.” 

“This joint research centre will act as a research incubator to address national priorities for water resources management, increase water productivity and hence food security and economic returns while protecting water ecosystems.”

The Centre was one of six recently announced Joint Research Centres co-funded by both the Australian and Chinese governments as part of the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF).

The Centre builds on the work by the Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research based at the University of Melbourne.

Five flagship research programs that build on - and exchange - findings from major national programs in Australia and China will be established, as will a showcase of new technologies for improving water efficiency and water quality.

“We’re confident that the Centre will help forge an ongoing alliance between science, innovation and industry between our two countries, “ said Prof Scales.

“It will bring Australia significant environmental benefit through a vastly increased knowledge base including the lessons of water over-development in China, while providing access to China’s water management science and technology.”  

 

在中国新成立的国际水资源管理研究中心

 

今天在北京正式成立了一个新的中澳联合研究中心,重点研究水资源利用效率、食品安全和环境可持续性等问题。

 

由墨尔本大学主导的中澳流域管理联合研究中心将为两国应对全国性水资源管理优先问题提供新的有利条件。

 

这包括流域管理、水资源利用效率、环境及乡村社区的可持续性、以及这些领域中的技术和研究能力。

 

墨尔本大学工程学院副院长Peter Scales教授说,该中心将集合澳大利亚各地的技术力量,包括CSIRO(澳洲资源研究中心)、Murray-Darling(玛瑞-达令)流域管理局和西悉尼大学。

 

在中国,该中心将有十个合作伙伴的支持,包括中国科学院、水利部和清华大学。

 

Scales教授说新成立的研究中心具备响应全球需求的有利条件。“在保护水资源生态系统的同时最大限度地保证水资源安全和水资源利用效率是全球性的挑战,气候变化和快速人口增长加剧了这方面工作的难度。”

 

“这个联合研究中心将作为一种研究孵化器,在保护水资源生态系统的同时应对水资源管理、提高水资源利用效率等全国性的优先问题,从而保证食品安全并提高经济效益。”

 

该中心是最近宣布的六个联合研究中心之一,作为中澳科学和研究基金(ACSRF)的部分项目内容由中澳两国政府共同建立。

 

该中心将进一步巩固墨尔本大学中澳水资源研究中心的工作。

 

该中心将承担五个旗舰式研究项目,巩固并交换中澳两国重大国家项目的研究成果,并展现提高水资源利用效率和水资源质量的最新技术。

 

“我们有信心该中心将为深化我们两国在科学、创新和工业领域的长期合作做出新的贡献,” Scales教授说。

 

“通过一个激增的知识库,我们能够吸取中国水资源过度开发的教训,同时又有机会接触了解中国的水资源管理科学和技术,这将为澳大利亚带来重要的环境利益。”