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International Symposium on Water Environmental Issues and Challenges in Japan, China and Korea

Date: September 28, 2010
Venue: Conference Hall, Otsu Sewage Treatment Plant, Shiga, Japan
Research Center for Environmental Quality Management, Shiga, Japan

Organized by:
- Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Magacities"

Co-organized by:
- Research Center for Environmental Quality Management
- Support Program for Improving Graduate School Education "Int'tech Fusion Graduate School Engineering Education Program"

Number of attendants: 30

Poster and Program


Seoul metropolitan government has had various urban environmental problems with rapid economic development and explosive population growth. Many challenges have been completed to solve the environmental problems by Seoul metropolitan government. Shenzhen city, which is a special economic zone in China, is also eager to improve environmental quality due to serious environmental problems caused by its remarkable economic growth. Dr. Choi from Water Research Institute of Seoul metropolitan government and Prof. Zhang from Tsinghua Univ. were invited to this symposium. The symposium intends to discuss current challenges of Japan, China and Korea for the improvement of environmental quality and strengthen international network relationship among Asian countries.


This symposium was divided by session 1 and 2 that dealt with water environmental issues of Japan, China and Korea and a current study introduction by students of RCEQM, respectively. About 30 audiences including faculties and students of Kyoto Univ. and Ritsumeikan Univ. etc participated in the symposium and enthusiastically discussed Asian environmental problems. In the symposium, Ilho Kim, GCOE researcher of Kyoto University introduced the objective of the symposium on international water environmental issues. Dr. Choi presented current environmental policies by Seoul metropolitan government, micropollutants management plan, and low energy waterworks and sewage works such as decentralized water system etc. Prof. Zhang introduced occurrence of micropollutants such as EDCs and PPCPs in river water and future management strategy for the low environmental loading. Lecture Yamashita and Assiss. Prof. Nakada gave speeches the occurrence and risk evaluation of PPCPs in Japanese water environment. A banquet closed the symposium offering Kyoto University professors and students a chance to strengthen the ties with master and Ph.D students from Ritsumeikan Univ. etc. Poster presentation was also done during the banquet to have a chance to introduce recent studies which have been performed at each University. More friendship among the participants and better understandings of each study were promoted through the banquet and poster presentation.