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Sustainable Financing for Soil Remediation Projects in China and Beyond
This three-day virtual symposium is co-organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).

The goal of the event is to share the most recent research findings, engage in broader discussions with experts and practitioners in the field, and establish a community of global experts and practitioners where they can exchange experiences and discuss emerging sectorial trends.

The event will take the form of three two-hour sessions spread over three days, with each day dedicated to a specific perspective: Governance (Day 1), Industry (Day 2), and Financing (Day 3).
Oct 19, 2021 01:30 PM
Oct 20, 2021 01:30 PM
Oct 21, 2021 01:30 PM
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Dimitri de Boer
Chief representative for China @ClientEarth
Dimitri de Boer is co-founder and chief representative of ClientEarth’s representative office in Beijing, leading a team of legal experts to advance environmental governance and rule of law. He is also special advisor and member of the chief advisor’s group of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), Team Leader of the EU – China Environment Project and international coordinator of the Green Development Guidance project for greening the Belt and Road Initiative. Previously he was Team Leader of the EU – China Environmental Governance Programme (2014 – 2015), and Senior Advisor Environment and Climate with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in China (2003 – 2014).
Dietmar Müller-Grabherr
General Secretary @Common Forum on Contaminated Land
Dietmar Müller-Grabherr works with Environment Agency Austria (EAA). National main responsibilities include supervising the national program, chairing the working group “Risk assessment of contaminated sites” at the Austrian Standards Institute, and acting as associated expert to the Austrian parliaments Commission on the Remediation of Contaminated Sites. By the background of his national function he also defines and represents Austrian positions with regard to soil and groundwater related EU policies and international standardisation procedures regarding soil quality (ISO TC 190 and CEN TC 345). During the period from 1998 until 2014 he was regularly involved to European R&D activities (e.g. BRIDGE, EURODEMO, RISKBASE, TIMBRE) focused to land management and remediation. Since September 2017 he is General Secretary to COMMON FORUM on Contaminated Land in Europe and ICCL, the European and the global network of policy advisors and regulators in contaminated land management.
Steve Wolfson
Senior Attorney @U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Steve Wolfson is a senior attorney in the International Law Group at the Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel, where he handles international law issues regarding climate change. Steve has represented EPA at negotiation of the Rotterdam Prior Informed Consent Convention and World Trade Organization litigation and has developed and delivered environmental law training in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Steve provides drafting input on phasing out lead paint through the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint coordinated by UNEP and the WHO. For more than 10 years Steve has led EPA Office of General Counsel information exchange programs with the environment ministry of China, sharing insights on drafting and implementing environmental legislation. A graduate of UCLA School of Law, Steve has taught as an adjunct at Vermont, George Washington, and Howard Law Schools and has published widely on environmental governance and Chinese environmental law.
Arne Pettersen
Section Leader for Environmental Chemistry @Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Arne Pettersen has a background from the University of Oslo, holding a MSc in Marine Chemistry and a BSc in Analytical Chemistry. He is now the head of Section Environmental Chemistry at NGI. He is also the head of NGIs Environmental Laboratory. His expertise is marine sediments and polluted soil, especially related to site characterisation, risk evaluation, traditional remediation and the use of novel remedial methods to reduce environmental risk in cost effective and sustainable manners.
Xiaoming Wan
@Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Xiaoming Wan, Associate Researcher, Deputy Director of Resource Engineering and Environmental Remediation Research Laboratory, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, with main research interests in migration and transformation processes of heavy metals in soil-plant systems, remediation and sustainable use strategies of contaminated soils. She has published more than 60 papers in high impact academic journals at home and abroad, including more than 30 SCI papers as first/corresponding author. Her research achievements have won the First Prize of Beijing Science and Technology Progress, the Outstanding Young Scholar Award of Chinese Soil Society, and he was selected by the Youth Promotion Association of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Bingwei Outstanding Youth of Institute of Geography and Resources of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Hua Zhang
@Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Prof. Hua Zhang, chief scientist of the national key R & D program in China, is currently a distinguished core researcher of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of environmental geochemistry, and director of Guizhou engineering and Technology Research Center for the prevention and control of soil heavy metal pollution, China. His main research direction is "Environmental Health Diagnosis and Remediation", presided over more than 20 important scientific research projects, published 70 research papers, and served as the Topic Editor of international SCI journal of Biosensors, and editorial board member of the International Journal of environmental research and public (ijerp).
Nikolai Friberg
Research Director for Biodiversity @Norwegian Institute for Water Research
Prof Nikolai Friberg is a Research Director for Biodiversity at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research NIVA in Oslo, Norway. He is furthermore an Adjunct Professor at University of Copenhagen, section for Freshwater Biology, in his native Denmark and a visiting scientist at University of Leeds, UK. His background is in freshwater ecology with more than 30 years’ experience in research into impacts of human perturbation on aquatic ecosystems. Specially his scientific interest are, among others, the influence of land-use, riparian areas as Nature-based solution (NbS), habitats (including river restoration) and anthropogenic stressors (climate change, hydromorphological degradation) on biodiversity and ecosystem processes. He is currently leading a large collaborative project on developing NbS at the catchment scale (SAfeguard BIodiversity and improve Climate Adaptation in catchment areas under pressure: tools and Solutions (SABICAS)), funded by the Research Council of Norway.
Zhanfeng Dong
Deputy Director @Department for Environmental Policy, MEE China Academy of Environment Planning
Prof. Zhanfeng Dong, working at the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning(CAEP)directly under the Ministry of Environmental Protection(MEP). He is mainly engaged in environmental economics, green economy, environmental strategy and policy, environmental performance evaluation and management et al. He has presided over more than 40 international cooperation and domestic scientific research projects in recent 5 years. As a technical backbone, he has been responsible for or involved in the completion of more than 30 research reports. He has made numeral recommendations on environmental policy, environmental protection industry development to the top legislatures and policy makers in China, and many suggestions were adopted by the relevant ministries and commissions of China. He has authored about 70 papers in academic journals and conferences, 7 books and monographs.