"Global Soil Erosion Research Forum" was held
in Yangling during September 12 to 14 successfully. This forum was jointly sponsored
by the World Association of Soil and the Water Conservation, the DesertNet
International and the Chinese Society of Soil and Water Conservation, and
organized by the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation of CAS&MWR and
the State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on Loess Plateau.
274 experts, scholars, and students involved in soil erosion from 10 counties
including China, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Czech
Republic, Japan, Serbia and Ethiopia, have attended this forum.
The opening ceremony for
this forum was chaired by Prof. Liu Guobin, the director of the Institute of
Soil and Water Conservation, CAS & MWR. Prof. Luo Jun, the Vice President
of Northwest A&F University, attended the opening ceremony and expressed
the warm welcome to all participants. He introduced the development direction,
scientific research trends and the international cooperation and exchanges of
Northwest A&F University in recent years, and wished a very successful
high-level forum. Prof. Zhai Jinliang, the director of the Resource and
Environment Division in the Bureau of Science and Technology for Development
Chinese Academy of Sciences, delivered a welcome speech. He reviewed the
researches focused on Loess Plateau by the Institute of Soil and Water
Conservation of CAS&MWR in recent years, and looked forward to receive more
fruitful achievements in soil and water conservation and ecological restoration
in the future with the collaboration between different research institutes. Prof.
Li Rui, the President of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation,
and Prof. Carmelo Dazzi, the President of the European Society for Soil
Conservation, both provided a speech, and put forward the new requirements for
global soil erosion research and soil and water conservation.
Speeches provided by Prof. Liu Guobin, Prof. Luo Jun, Prof. Zhai Jinliang, and Prof. Li Rui
Prof. Ning Duihu, the
Secretary-general of WASWAC and Prof. José Luis Rubio, the Councilor of WASWAC
were co-chaired the academic exchange. During the forum, experts from various
countries fully demonstrated their latest scientific research achievements and
exchanged the frontier scientific research ideas through 28 invited reports.
The participants received comprehensive and systematic knowledges on soil
erosion, so their international horizons were completely broadened. Especially
in the afternoon of September 14, a special discussion was organized for the
issues and challenges of soil erosion in current researches, as well as the
needs and significance of soil erosion in global scale. This discussion
summarized the achievements and analyzed the shortages of soil erosion
research, which provided new perspective and new ideas for future global soil
erosion research, and also put forward higher and further requirements for the
young scholars. This
discussion is persisted open for several weeks to all scholars for expecting
the further supplement and improvement. All suggestions and comments will be
taken into consideration carefully to finally draft the Program of Soil Erosion
in the Future Studies, which will be shared with all relevant experts and
scholars around the world.
In order to fully take care
of scholars from all over the world who are unable to attend the forum, a
webcast present was also available simultaneously with the progress of this
forum on site. During the live broadcast of the forum, scholars from amany
countries, such as the United States, Europe, China, etc. have paid attentions
to the academic reports online in the same time, the online number in the peak
was up to 2,500 with active interactions.
Co-chaired by Prof. Ning Duihu and Prof. Jose Luis Rubio, and Invited Report from Prof. Fu Bojie
In the closing ceremony of
this forum, the State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on
Loess Plateau was certified as the Soil Erosion Research and Training Base of
the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation. This Lab has carried out
a lot of works in the readjustment of erosion environment on the Loess Plateau
and in the improvement of agricultural productivity in the dryland. All these
efforts have been effectively resolved the key technical problems of soil
erosion and the drought disasters on the Loess Plateau. It provided important
basic theoretical support for the process of migration and the biological basis
of water-saving agriculture, and played an important role in soil and water
conservation, ecological environment construction, sustainable agricultural
development, and in the governance for the Yellow River.
After this Forum, some
participants visited the relevant experimental facilities and bases around
Yangling. Such visits were very helpful for the visitors to understand what
research progress have been achieved by the Institute of Soil and Water
Conservation of CAS&MWR, in soil and water conservation, ecological
restoration, dryland agriculture and water saving.
Visiting the experimental facilities and research bases