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[EUC] Environmental and Water Protection in the EU
Nov. 28, 2013

22 NOVEMBER 2013 – Water resources, as well as other natural resources, are an important concern in the EU’s interests. The European Union has set up a series of laws and regulations to protect its environment and to develop it in a sustainable way and the management of water is a key part of that system.


Prof. Jacques Ganoulis, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will look at the policies designed and implemented in this realm by the EU in three open lectures that will take place at Peking University on 28, 29 and 30 November 2013.


On Thursday 28 November, Prof Ganoulis will describe “The European approach” to the matter, presenting the EU environmental/water resources policy for protection and sustainable development in a multidisciplinary approach which involves legal, scientific, technical, economic and social issues.


On Friday 29 NovemberNatural risks (climate change, floods and droughts)” will be at the centre of the discussion and the EU legal directives for civil protection from natural water-related disasters, like floods and droughts will be analysed.


On Saturday, 30 November the issues related to “Transboundary waters” will be examined, showing the difficulties in implementing this policy in internationally shared rivers, lakes and groundwater aquifers. Specific examples will be drawn from UNESCO’s international programmes.


28 November, Peking University, Leo KoGuan Building, room 207, 15:10-18:00

29 November, Peking University, Leo KoGuan Building, room 515, 15:10-18:00

30 November, Peking University, Leo KoGuan Building, room 515, 13:10-16:00


The events are open to the public.


This activity is part of the course in European Studies for Peking University’s Master and PhD students given in collaboration between the European University Centre, the School of Government and the Centre for European Studies at Peking University, with lecturers coming from Peking University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Autonomous University of Madrid, Lund University, University College Dublin and University College London.


The next open lecture will take place on Friday, 6 December, with Dr. Daniel Siemens from University College London discussing “The Creation of Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the European Union, 1789-today”.


Prof. Jacques Ganoulis is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Ph.D. (Doctorat d’Etat) in Natural Sciences from the University of Toulouse (France) and visiting scholar at the Universities of Erlangen (Germany), McGill (Canada), Melbourne (Australia), and Paris VI (France). He has more than 35 years experience in integrated water resources management, risk analysis, climate change and transboundary waters management, including transboundary aquifer resources and conflict resolution. He is the Director of the UNESCO Chair/International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans ( and a Senior Consultant in UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Paris. He has an extensive experience in consultancy, project management and education. He published more than 200 papers in International Journals and Conferences and is the co-editor or author of 10 books including Transboundary Water Resources Management: a Multidisciplinary Approach (WILEY, 2011) and Risk Analysis of Water Pollution (WILEY, 2009; 2nd edition; translated into Chinese).


For further information:

European University Centre at Peking University (EUCPU)
Room 204, Wei-Li Building, Tan Siu Lin Centre for International Studies
Peking University, Haidian District, Beijing, 100871
Tel: +86(0)10 6275 5387