At the invitation of the “Regional Section East Asia” of the German Water Partnership (GWP), Dr. Jürgen Ritter, Managing Director of the DCZ, and senior researcher Dr. Lena Kuhn, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), introduced our Sino-German cooperation platform to the forum members on 27 October.
This regular section meeting was chaired by Professor Martin Wagner and provided a review of previous work. It also served the purpose of electing new section chairs to succeed Prof. Wagner and Mr. Binder.
In his presentation Jürgen Ritter introduced the background and the key areas of the DCZ’s cooperation in the agricultural policy dialogue, the agribusiness dialogue, and the science platform. Lena Kuhn provided further examples of IAMO’s role in the DCZ’s science dialogue mentioning, in particular, the DITAC project (Digitalization of China’s Agriculture”) and the meetings with experts of the Chinese Academy Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) during the study visit organized by DCZ earlier this year.
In eight regional sections the German Water Partnership brings together water sector experts from industry and research, to pool their competencies and offer a wide range of services. The East Asia section offers a contact point for all members of the German Water Partnership who are active in East Asia and has a strong connection with China. It establishes and maintains contacts with institutions and companies throughout East Asia, takes part in trade fairs and organizes trips and conferences.
With water and soil management an important topic in the work of the DCZ, the presentation by Jürgen Ritter and Lena Kuhn helped explore common areas of interest between both organizations.