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IUE held the First Meeting of the Belt and Road Alliance of Urban Environmental Health

On September 3, the First Online Meeting of the Belt and Road Alliance of Urban Environmental Health under the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) was successfully held. Professors and valued colleagues from the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IUE-CAS), International Science Council – Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme (UHWB), Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation (MBIC) and Kasetsart University participated in the meeting, and summarized the work progress by 2020 and cooperation plans in the future.

At the meeting, Academician Yong-Guan ZHU from IUE-CAS first introduced the background, construction purpose and cooperation prospect of the Urban Environmental Health Alliance. Professor Franz Gatzweiler from UHWB introduced the development situation and cooperation network of UHWB, and the important role that the International Program Office of UHWB can play in the construction and development of the Alliance. Professor Bee Ho, MBIC Vice President, and Mr. Fang, the representative of Kasetsart University, respectively introduced the relevant situations of their organizations. Professor Bee Ho mainly introduced the advanced technology and mature industrial chain of using various biomass waste resources to manufacture and produce biological products in Malaysia and hoped the Alliance could help to organize relevant technologies and equipment to promote the construction of demonstration projects in Malaysia, and then to solve the problems of local people's livelihood and urban environmental health. Mr. Fang conveyed the willingness of Kasetsart University to actively cooperate with the Alliance, including providing more than 200 million m2 of scientific research demonstration base, deepening the plan of technical exchange and training, etc. Finally, Academician Zhu put forward that the Alliance can connect with government functions and encouraged more Chinese enterprises to join the Alliance and provide technical support to assist market promotion and other in-depth cooperation.

In the future, the Urban Environmental Health Alliance will carry out in-depth research and cooperation in recycling agriculture, health food and biomass waste recycling. It will jointly establish the ASEAN (Thailand) Circular Agriculture and Healthy Food Research Center with Kasetsart University, and jointly build palm biomass resources and industrial equipment technological application base with MBIC. In addition, the Alliance will carry out graduate cultivating, scientific and technological officials and experts exchanges and technical personnel training. It will also organize high-level international academic conferences, promote technology and equipment of the Alliance member to service to the countries along the Belt and Road, and then expand the influence and appeal of the Alliance in the science and technology circles and urban development decision-making level along the Belt and Road.

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