Vice President, General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design, Ministry of Water Resources, P.R.China
Professor Li Yuanyuan has more than 30 years of experience in water resources and water ecology research, national water resources planning and policy formulation, as well as river basin management. His special fields of interest are water-human-ecology interaction, assessment and planning of water resources, water resources development protection and river restoration.
Professor Li joined the Department of Water Resources of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), the top water science research institute in China, in 1984. After more than 15 years of intensive research in the field of water resources formulation, transformation, interaction between water and human activities, study on the techniques of planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of water resource projects, he has been assigned as deputy director and professor of the department of water resources, IWHR.
From 1998 until now, Prof. Li works in General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design (GIWP), Ministry of Water Resources. GIWP is the most important technical supporting unit to the ministry, responsible for national comprehensive and specialised water resources planning and policy formulation, review and approval of water planning and design for key water projects.
Prof. Li was assigned deputy chief engineer, and in 2006 he became vice president of GIWP in charge of the nationwide water resources planning and policy affaires.
Prof. Li has rich expertise in the fields of water resources interaction mechanism, water resources planning and policy study, integrated river basin planning and management, water resources allocation, flood control and drought relief, water ecology and environment, and takes the technical lead position at the national level.
He has served as the president of China National Committee of International Water Resources Association (IWRA) for many years. He is also chairman of the National Water Planning Study Commission and Vice Chairman of Water Resources Commission of China National Nature Resources Association.
Prof. Li also has vast experience in international program management. He has been team leader of many World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, and WWF funded international cooperation projects.