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Boosting Scientific and Technological Innovation in Water Conservation

By Qiu Ping Source: Updated: 2023-09-04

Following many years of arduous efforts, great progress has been made in scientific and technological innovations in water conservation, increasing the areas in which we have caught up with and surpassed other countries. The total number of highly qualified personnel working in water conservation has constantly increased, but we still urgently need to improve our capacity for scientific and technological innovations. The new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation is accelerating and deepening, with the emergence of various new technologies and applications. More than ever before, the high-quality development of water conservation requires the supporting and leading role of scientific and technological innovation and the brainpower of scientific and technological personnel.

On the new journey ahead, scientific and technological innovation related to water conservation must be targeted at the global frontiers of science and technology, national economic development, the major needs of the country, and the health and safety of the people. We must implement the innovation-driven development strategy and accelerate efforts to achieve greater self-reliance and strength in science and technology in the field of water conservation.

In accordance with the requirements to be demand-driven, prioritize practical applications, achieve digital empowerment, and enhance capabilities, we will coordinate the development of digital twin watersheds, water networks, and engineering projects, as well as a digital twin water conservation system with forecasting, early warning, simulation, and planning functions, and continue to promote smart business applications to support water conservation.

To meet China's strategic needs in the field of water conservation, we will concentrate resources on original and pioneering scientific and technological research, boost basic scientific research, strengthen the construction of platforms for scientific and technological innovation, and promote industrial applications of scientific and technological advances.

We will further the reform of systems and mechanisms for talent development, provide training and employment to young talent, and put together a team of world-class scientific and technological personnel, leaders, and innovators in water conservation, so as to create a large, well-structured, and vibrant team of water conservation talent who are passionate about their work and can make water conservation in China a success.