On behalf of Japan Commission on Large Dams (JCOLD), I am pleased to invite people associated with dams, including scientists, engineers, and policymakers from China, Korea, and Japan which are participants in the EADC, as well as from member countries of ICOLD to the 12th East Asian Area Dam Conference (EADC) as a face-to-face conference from June 3rd to 7th, 2024 in Nagoya, Japan.
The pandemic of COVID-19 has greatly restricted people’s activities, even though it’s swept across our world from early 2020 is finally coming to an end. It had made holding international conferences and symposiums for face-to-face discussions impossible. Yet despite such limitations, people still endeavored to exchange information and discussions through web conferencing. The field of dams was no exception. With dams expected to play significant roles in flood and drought mitigation, the development of renewable energy, and other areas, online gatherings of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) had many attendances. I suspect, however, that while many participants appreciated the convenience of web conferencing, they also sensed the value of direct conversation.
It gives me great pleasure to see the Japan Commission on Large Dams (JCOLD) hosts the 12th EADC in real. JCOLD will give the symposium with the main theme of “Sustainable Development and Management of Dams and Reservoirs for the Future Generations”, and the subthemes of:
- Management of Reservoirs and Sediment in the Era of Climate Change
- Dam Safety Assessment and Surveillance
- New Technologies and Digital Transformation of Construction and Management for Dams
- Environment and Biodiversity of Dams and Reservoirs
- Promoting Renewable Energy with Dams
The venue of the conference, Nagoya, is situated in the center of the main island of Japan. It is conveniently located in terms of transportation, as it is 50 minutes by train from “CENTRAIR” Chubu International Airport. And although Nagoya is 350 kilometers from Tokyo, a trip between the two cities takes just 1.5 hours via the Shinkansen. Nagoya is also a gateway to the Central Highlands, one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations. For this reason, we will conduct technical tours of dams and these facilities in the Central Highlands following the symposium. Stops will include the Shin-Maruyama Dam, which is currently under construction, and the operating Koshibu Dam with sediment flushing tunnel.
I am confident we will have fruitful time for discussions and knowledge exchange with everyone present during the conference. I will be glad to welcome you in Nagoya in June 2024.
President, Japan Commission on Large Dams
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