4 July 2013
The inception workshop for the 3-year SAIN project “Knowledge, policy and practice for sustainable nutrient management and water resources protection in UK and Chinese agro-ecosystems” which was held at the Agro-Environmental Protection Institute (AEPI) of Chinese Academy for Agricultural Sciences in Tianjin on 20-21st May 2013. Project partners from SOAS, AEPI, China Agricultural University, Northwest A&F University, Lancaster University, University of East Anglia and Suzhou Agricultural Commission discussed the details of the activities that will work towards the project's objective of achieving more sustainable management of N and P in agro-ecosystems. Led by Prof Laurence Smith of SOAS, and Prof Ren Tianzhi of AEPI, this project will develop and exchange innovation in the fields of knowledge, practice, policy and governance, with a focus on regional examples that capture key farming systems within both China and the UK.
The project selected three catchments in Zhouzhi county in Shaanxi Province, Huantai county in Shandong province, and Xiangcheng District in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province as case study sites. After the workshop, the project team visited one of the case study site l in Suzhou, Jiangsu province and held meetings with local officials and technical staff.