Sino-European Partnership for Impact Assessment in Coastal Urban Environments

In 2008, the National People's Congress set a special focus on the establishment of environmental protection strategies for coastal and offshore areas in China. The majority of China’s population lives in coastal regions, particularly in the East of the country. Over 100 million people, about 10 percent of the Chinese population, are concentrated in an area of about 50,000 km² in major cities along the coast.
The development of the coastal regions of China with a total length of 14,500 km faces many environmental challenges. Great rivers like the Yangtze transport immense quantities of pollutants which accumulate in inhabited coastal regions. Due to rapid urban expansion in these areas, many tasks for environmental protection arise.


The Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is destined and legitimated for developing national environmental protection strategies. Recently, IUE has set special emphasis on the integration of science and technology from Germany to resolve environmental problems.


Building on the longstanding close collaboration between Chinese scientists and Prof. Dr. Holger Behm (University of Rostock), and supported by “Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH”, a new cooperation has been launched to encourage scientific exchange and to initiate projects, including joint ventures.


In an alliance with “Institut für Angewandte Ökosystemforschung GmbH” (IfAÖ), represented by Dr. Timothy Coppack and Dr. Andreas Schmidt, IUE and Rostock University are collaborating to further the exchange in applied environmental science and technology.


The main focus is the establishment of analytical, assessment and monitoring procedures, which can be applied to marine and freshwater/terrestrial ecosystems, as well as coastal urban areas.
Coastal and offshore areas in China are already used for mining and are becoming increasingly important for wind energy production. Economic interests and projects have insufficient opportunities for environmental planning, including the implementation of ecological investments and the preparation of environmental impact reports.


SEPIAcue is intended to serve as a platform for information exchange and cooperation in environmental issues concerning projects in coastal and urban areas in the People's Republic of China.