«Water is the principle or the element of things. All things are water ...» This quote from the Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus (625 - 547 BC) can be reduced to three words: water is life! Without water, there is no food, and without food, no existence - a lack of basic resources leads to conflict, violence and migration. The 6th High-Level Dialogue on Water Management gave us another opportunity to exchange recent findings on water management and climate change and to discuss progress and the upcoming activities in our cooperation projects. Although we have been actively working towards sustainable water management for decades, we have to do more for our future – not only in Switzerland and in China but globally.

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Opening Ceremony - Introduction to the distinguished guests
Josef Hess, Vice Director FOEN for Hazard Prevention and Fores
27 May 2014 · 8:13 a.m.
Opening Ceremony - Introduction to the distinguished guests (cont.)
Pio Wennubst, Assistant Director General SDC, Head of the Direct
27 May 2014 · 8:25 a.m.
Key note: Opportunities and Challenges of Water Management in Switzerland
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment,
27 May 2014 · 8:37 a.m.
Key note: Flood Control and Disaster Mitigation in China
H.E. Mr. Hu Siyi, Vice Minister of Water Resources (MWR)
27 May 2014 · 8:58 a.m.
Signature of Letter of Agreement on the Jinsha River Basin Project
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment,
27 May 2014 · 9:24 a.m.
Natural Hazards and Integrated Risk Management in VS
Jacques Melly, Councillor of the State of Valais (VS)
27 May 2014 · 10:03 a.m.
Strategic Initiative for Water Resources Management in China: Practicing the Most Stringent Water Resources Management System
Mr. Chen Ming, Deputy Director General, Strategic Initiative for
27 May 2014 · 10:29 a.m.
Q&A - Strategic Initiative for Water Resources Management in China: Practicing the Most Stringent Water Resources Management System
Mr. Chen Ming, Deputy Director General, Strategic Initiative for
27 May 2014 · 10:59 a.m.
Flood Risk Management: 'Know the risk and be prepared!'
Andreas Götz, Former Vice Director of FOEN, President of PLANAT
27 May 2014 · 11:07 a.m.
Q&A: Flood Risk Management: 'Know the risk and be prepared!'
Andreas Götz, Former Vice Director of FOEN, President of PLANAT
27 May 2014 · 11:36 a.m.
Flash Flood Prevention in China – Planning and Practice
Ms. Huang Yan, Deputy Chief Engineer
27 May 2014 · 11:48 a.m.
Jinsha River Project – an Integrated Form of Cooperation Between China and Switzerland (part 1)
Jürg Elsener Metz, Ernst Basler + Partner
27 May 2014 · 1:23 p.m.
Jinsha River Project – an Integrated Form of Cooperation Between China and Switzerland (part 2)
Chen Jin, CWRC Vice Group Leader for JRB
27 May 2014 · 1:37 p.m.
Experiences and Potential of Water Sanitation Illustrated by the Example of Kunming
Thomas Wagner, President of the Swiss-Chinese Association
27 May 2014 · 1:56 p.m.
Q&A - Experiences and Potential of Water Sanitation Illustrated by the Example of Kunming
Thomas Wagner, President of the Swiss-Chinese Association
27 May 2014 · 2:16 p.m.
Promoting Water Ecological Progress, Constructing Beautiful China
Mr. Wu Hongwei, Deputy Director General
27 May 2014 · 2:24 p.m.
Q&A - Promoting Water Ecological Progress, Constructing Beautiful China
Mr. Wu Hongwei, Deputy Director General
27 May 2014 · 2:44 p.m.
Chinese Hydropower Development
Mr. Tian Zhongxing, Director General
27 May 2014 · 3:23 p.m.
Q&A - Chinese Hydropower Development
Mr. Tian Zhongxing, Director General
27 May 2014 · 3:44 p.m.
Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources and Glaciers in Switzerland
David Volken, Flood water and glacier expert at FOEN
27 May 2014 · 3:51 p.m.
Q&A - Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources and Glaciers in Switzerland
David Volken, Flood water and glacier expert at FOEN
27 May 2014 · 4:15 p.m.
Climate Change and Water Resources: Impact and Adaptation
Mr. Wang Guoqing, Technical Group Leader
27 May 2014 · 4:24 p.m.
Closing speech
Vice Minister Hu Siyi, China
27 May 2014 · 4:40 p.m.
Closing speech and Declaration of Workshop Closing
Josef Hess, Vice Director FOEN for Hazard Prevention and Fores
27 May 2014 · 4:44 p.m.