Prof. Xiaoyun ZhengDistinguished Professor, Hubei University, China
President of China Institute of Yangtze River Studies
Speech Title: Drainage and Wastewater Management in China from Ancient Time to Present Age
Abstract: This presentation introduces the drainage and wastewater management in history of China and current urban wastewater management. It discussed the logic and practices of urban water system construction in the Chinese history. In the early history of urban development of China, the major rivers basin were strongly considered to be the site to building the city, all the influential ancient cities in China were built near the major rivers or canals , included a series of most influential ancient capital cities such as Anyang，Changan，Luoyang，Kaifeng，Nanjing，Hangzhou，Beijing, etc. Therefore, a logically urban water system included water supply and drainage was formed to matching with the natural condition and it was inherited from 1st century until 1950s almost in 2000 years of Chinese history. This presentation with cases of a series of ancient influential cities to understand unban drainage integrally as well as the situation in residential areas. Next, for understanding the current situation of urban wastewater management, this presentation with case of Wuhan City, a large city with population 15 million in number, to introduces the transformation, development and challenge of wastewater management and drainage in this city from 1950s to present day.
Biography: Dr. Xiaoyun Zheng, is a full distinguished professor in Hubei University, and president of China Institute of Yangtze River Studies. He is a human hydrologist and historian in the fields of the environment\water history of China and comparative studies globally. He is past president of International Water History Association (2012-2015). Currently, he is a scientific advisor of UNESCO’ s Global Water Museum Network, vice president of Chinese Water Museum Alliance, academician of France Academy of Water. He was awarded the Honorary PHD by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2017, Honorary Professor of Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts in 2009, etc. He has published 24 books and more than 200 papers in China and international. His research interesting included the cultural dynamics of water management, rural water environment and sanitation, the history of urban water management, river water history, the comparative water history in global horizon.