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Prof. Yahua Wang host of 2017 Commons Workshop at Tsinghua University, China - keynote by John Powell

Prof. Yahua (Bert) Wang of The School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in China will be the host of the 2017 Commons Workshop 'Enhancing Water Governance and Policy', which will be held on October 14-15 2017, at Tsinghua University, near Beijing in China. This will be the first professional academic conference around Commons in China, and has been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

John Powell, as President of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC), will deliver a lecture on the governance of surface and groundwaters from a commons perspective. Frank van Laerhoven will attend the workshop as representative of the International Journal of the Commons.

The study of the commons is a relatively new research field in China and this workshop aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers from different disciplines and sectors to discuss, understand, appreciate and promote the study of commons in China, as well as in the rest of the world.

China faces new challenges due to rapid economic growth, increasing urbanization, escalating water demands and land use, rampant air, water and soil pollution, and steadily growing demand of an expanding affluent and educated middle class for a better standard of living and quality of life. The 2017 Commons Workshop will explore sustainable and innovative water governing approaches and instruments which can be effectively used in countries like China.

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