EU-China Environmental Sustainability Project - Better water ecological environment in Tianjin Binhai New Area with less pollution discharge to the rivers and Bohai Sea (ESP-Tianjin)

In order to support China's efforts to meet the targets defined in the National Twelfth Five-Year Plan for Environmental Protection: reduce water pollution, heavy metal pollution and improve solid waste recycling and utilization, the EU-China Environmental Sustainability Programme (ESP) was launched in November 2012.

e ESP-Tianjin project is one of the ESP-projects started in year 2013. The aim of the project is to establish new water environmental management models for coastal cities in Hai River Basin using engineering, ecological, management and policy measures.

Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA), located in the Hai River estuary is a new growth area in China with abundant natural resources and large wetlands with high ecological values. The area is now facing the problems of water scarcity and stress including contamination of water and deterioration of ecological values. Due to the area’s fast industrialization and urbanization including upstream pollution load and climate change effects the local water authorities is facing complex management challenges.

The ESP-Tianjin project aims to assist the local water authority in building up water policy and management competence and implement a system for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) to support their work.

The final objective of the project is to make sure that water quality and ecological status in Tianjin Binhai New Area complies with national standards leading to better health conditions for people living in the basin and improved ecosystem services in the river and the Bohai Sea.

Project participants include:

Tianjin Academy of Environmental Sciences, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Tanggu  Drainage and Irrigation Management Centre of Tianjin Binhai New Area, National Engineering Research Centre for Urban Water and Wastewater.

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