Partnership for Environmental Technology to groundwater area in Shandong Province, China

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The Partnership was established in November 2010 and is a co-operation between the Danish Ministry of the Environment, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing. The Partnership will provide a platform for Danish companies to test new technology within the Chinese groundwater area. The Partnership has chosen to start with activities in the Shandong Province in China.

Initially, the Partnership will identify companies, knowledge institutions and authorities within the Chinese groundwater area and describe the applicable rules and regulations in this area. Then, groundwater resources and issues in Shandong will be mapped. The Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing will function as secretariat for the partnership and platform facilitator. The embassy has extensive knowledge of both cultural and business conditions in China, and is furthermore an important part of the collaboration with the Chinese authorities.

GEUS contributes with their great knowledge of groundwater area and mapping of groundwater resources.

The Danish Ministry of the Environment supports the facilitation of the Partnership with DKK 490,000 from the Environmental Technology Action Plan (2010-2011).

Background for collaboration in the Shandong Province

There are problems with groundwater in the Chinese Shandong Province, located in northeastern China. Salt water penetrates and pollutes the groundwater in several places, probably due to over-exploitation of water resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels. This is a serious problem as the water becomes undrinkable, but also useless for enterprises that utilize clean groundwater in their production.

Facts about the Shandong Province

Shandong Province is bordered by the Yellow Sea and approx. half the size of Germany – in geographical extent. Moreover, it inhabits a few more people than Germany – approx. 90 million. The province's largest city is Qingdao with a population of approx. 7 million (including surrounding area), located about 350 km southeast of Beijing.

Shandong Province is today known as one of China's more prosperous provinces and one of the leading areas of cotton production, as well as gold and diamonds mining. Commercially, Shandong Province is dominated by large firms.

Steering committee

The Partnership's steering committee consists of the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and the Danish Ministry of the Environment.

Contact:

Niels Henrik Mortensen
Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Direct phone: +45 7254 4163
E-mail:

Jens Schultz Hansen
Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Direct phone: +45 7254 4522
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