Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Water Institute member Fereidoun Rezanezhad, assistant professor in Waterloo’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, attended a meeting in Beijing, China to discuss how to strengthen and develop collaborations in soil science environmental projects and technology between Water Institute members and the China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES).
The meeting was organized by the Soil and Solid Waste Institute at CRAES, where Rezanezhad gave a presentation showcasing the soil research activities by Water Institute researchers at the University of Waterloo, and was introduced to the research activities undertaken in the CREAS team. The CRAES’ Soil and Solid Waste Institute and the Water Institute committed to continuing collaboration, encouraging graduate student exchanges and finding specific opportunities for joint research proposals and funding.
Since 2014, the Water Institute and CRAES have convened several workshops to identify common areas of research interest. Particularly, they have focused on interdisciplinary opportunities where the fields of water science, engineering, economics and governance could play a combined role in addressing priority water issues.
In September 2018, a delegation of 12 researchers from the Water Institute, including Rezanezhad, participated in the second Sino-Canadian Water Environment Workshop in Waterloo with officials from Environment and CRAES.
CRAES is China’s largest environmental research organization. They carry out innovative, scientific research on environmental protection with a focus on sustainable development at the core of its research. The organization has seven main areas of focus: atmospheric environment; cleaner production and circular economy; water environment; ecological environment; solid waste management and disposal; environmental safety; and climate change.