Second International Symposium on Flood Defence is the continuation of the
first of its kind held in Germany in Sept.2000, which attracted more than
200 scientists and engineers gathering in Kassel University discussing the
ever-increasing concerned flood problems and sharing experiences and
strategies for flood defence. It is evident that the extension of the
series of biennial symposia is welcome and meets the forum-demand for
sharing information, experience and new technology on flood defence. The
LOC of the Second International Symposium on Flood Defence proposed a standing
committee for maintaining the symposia. The tasks of the committee
are to review the state-of-the-art of the studies on flooding and
engineering and non-engineering strategies, select the theme, venue, and
organizers of the symposia.
In the first committee meeting, Dr. Erich Plate was elected as the chairperson, an office of the secretariat was decided to be established and maintained at the Research Center on Flood and Drought Disaster Reduction of the Ministry of Water Resources of China, and the next symposium was decided to be held in the city of Nijmegen, the Netherlands in the Spring of 2005.
of the First Standing Committee Meeting of the International Symposia on
Sept. 11, 2002
Hall of Science and Technology
Zhao-Yin Wang, Erich Plate, Roger Falconer, Joseph
H. W. Lee, Michel Leclerc, N. De O. Carvalho, Xiaotao Cheng, David Ta-wei
Soong, W. Kron, J. Vrijling, T. Kojiri, G. Klaassen (Doben), Bela Petry, K.
Takeuchi, Heping Hu, H. van Stokkom, J.S.L.J. van Alphen, N.M.S.I.
Arambepola, Jinchi Huang, Fi-John Chang, Cheng Liu
of the first committee meeting:
1. Establish the committee, introduce the committee members;
2. Discuss and approve the constitution statutes (attached);
3. Elect the president and vice president;
4. Discuss the location of the secretariat
5. Discuss the biddings for the next symposium and decide the
theme, venue and organizer of the next symposium
First Standing Committee Meeting of the International Symposia on Flood
Defence was held in the China Hall
of Science and Technology on Sept. 11, 2002. Twenty-one members attended the
meeting and discussed the related issues of the constitution statutes, the
president, the location of the secretariat, the theme, venue and the
organizer of the next symposium.
I. Constitution statutes
It is suggested to omit the sentence in the statute 4 ˇ°The expenses
involved for the president or vice president and the secretary-general to
attend the committee meeting shall be born by the Local Organization
Committee of the symposiumˇ±.
2) The name of the symposia is discussed. The committee decided to maintain the title ˇ°International Symposium on Flood Defenceˇ± unchanged, though other names such as ˇ°International Symposium on Flood Defence Managementˇ± or ˇ°International Symposium on Flood Defence and Managementˇ± were suggested.
The members discussed the relationship between the committee and the
international associations such as IAHR and IAHS etc. Efforts should be made
to make the symposia a regular event of the associations. Then conflict with
the similar technical conferences may be avoided, and the conference will
have more attendants by the
associations delivering newsletters and advertisements. The secretariat will
contact the associations to discuss the issues of cooperation.
It is suggested to pay more attention to flood management, social,
economic and environmental impacts of flood. More managers of rivers and
policy-makers should be attracted to attend the symposium. Especially, the
influence of the flood on ecosystem and habitats should be emphasized in the
The revised constitution statutes will be discussed in the next committee
Dr. Erich Plate was elected as the chairperson of the committee. The vice
chairpersons will be elected in the next meeting. Three chairperson and vice
chairpersons will represent Asia, Europe and America.
The committee meeting decided to have the secretariat established and
maintained at the Research Center on Flood and Drought Disaster Reduction of
the Ministry of Water Resources of China. Dr. Xiaotao Cheng was selected to
work as the secretary-general with assistance of Dr. Jichi Huang.
All of the members agreed that the Third International Symposium on Flood
Defence will be held in Nijimegen, the Netherlands in the spring of 2005,
hosted by the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Transport, Public Works and
Watermanagement). Hein T.C. Van Stokkom, director of the East Netherlands
Department of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management,
will be the chairperson of the Local Organization Committee.
Dr. Alphen, assistant of Prof. H. van Stokkom, introduced the preparation
for organizing the next symposium. 1) The first announcement of the
symposium will be presented at the 3rd World Water Forum in Japan in March
2003 and other international events; 2) Not only scientists and engineers
but also the governmental official and policy-makers will be invited to
attend the symposium. The theme
will cover the scope of development of science and technology in flood
defence, and non-structural strategies of flood defence; 3) About 200
participants, among which 30% are from the developing countries, will be
attracted to attend the symposium.
According to the suggestion of Prof. Newton I. Carwalho, Dr. Jerson Kelman ,
president of the ANA, Federal Agency of Waters, will be invited and replace
Mr. Carvalho as a committee member from Brazil.
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