Negotiations in the Kunming Institute of Environmental Sciences (KMIES) regarding the future course of the Dianchi Management

On Wednesday, 1st March 2017 and on Friday, 3rd March 2017, meetings with the partners responsible for the exploration and management of Dianchi took place in the Kunming Institute of Environmental Sciences (KMIES). FiW staff members Mr. Dr. Paul Wermter and Mr. Florian Rankenhohn as well as Mrs. Ran Feng (SiGeWa) were the representatives for the German side. Mr. Xiao Xing participated in the negotiations on behalf of the Kunming Environmental Protection Bureau to offer input regarding administrative matters. Mrs. Xi Xiamoei and Mrs. Wu Xue participated on behalf of the Kunming Environmental Institute. The Chinese partners actively and consistently supported the efforts within SINOWATER. The meeting was an excellent link to the excellent cooperation during the preceding symposium which had taken place in October.

Negotiations covered two major topics. On the one hand, the aim was to establish an exchange platform for experts on the future of Dianchi. On the other hand, sub-project K2 was of major interest as it concerns the lake’s management. The former topic is of major concern to both the German and the Chinese partners and has already been initiated during the symposium in October 2016. Among other things, the participants agreed to have another symposium in 2017 and to organize a workshop in Kunming for early 2017 in order to bring together the various stakeholders. As requested by the Chinese partners, the workshop will include the topics “wetlands,” “sponge city,” and “Upgrading and Management of WWTPs.” Experts on these topics are highly welcome to contact FiW: wermter@fiw.rwth-aachen.de

The second part of the day and the whole of Friday resolved around the modeling of Dianchi. During 2017, extensive sampling will help to enhance the data availability regarding nitrogen and phosphorous loads in the Northern part of Dianchi (Caohai). Thus far, investigations at Caohai only concerned the total nitrogen and phosphorous loads. Selectively measuring the relevant nitrogen and phosphorous parameters will help to gain a better understanding of the lake’s water quality. The monitoring will furthermore include additional areas of the lake as well as the lake’s sediments.

Additional sampling will promote system knowledge and will be useful for further action planning.