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The 4th International Conference on Natural Resource Management and Public Policy was held successfully

29 October 2021

27October 2021 – The two-day online conference from 22-23.10.2021 on “natural resource management and public policy” ended successfully. The event was co-organized by Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), IAMO, and University of Melbourne.

Under the backdrop of climate change mitigation and sustainable natural resource management, this year’s conference covers a wide range of themes including the sustainable supply of natural resource, ecosystem services, the development of bioeconomy, economic transformation, carbon emission mitigation, and innovation adoption and impacts. Over 400 participants from about 20 countries, such as China, Germany, Frans, Denmark, Australia, Ireland, Netherland, USA, participated in the conference.

On Oct 22, after a brief opening session chaired by Prof. Anlu Zhang from HZAU, sixteen planetary speakers, including Prof. Alexander Pfaff from Duke University, Prof. Van Butsic from University of California Berkeley, Prof.Mark Wang from University of Melbourne, Prof. Justus Wesseler from Wageningen University, Prof. Thomas Herzfeld and Dr. Zhanli Sun, from IAMO, just to name a few, presented their researches on various topics, such as payment for ecosystem service, water right reform in China, land institutional reform in transition economies, bioeconomy development, industrial ecology etc. On Oct 23, over 50 researchers, many of them are young PhD students and postdocs, presented their researches in six parallel sessions on "Urban and rural development", "Environmental management and institutional innovation", "Green Space and carbon neutrality", "Agricultural land management ", "Natural resource efficiency and sustainability", "Natural resources market", respectively.

The conference is a biennial event mainly organized by Huazhong Agricultural University. IAMO was a co-organizer in the previous conference in 2019. Recently, the cooperation between IAMO and HZAU continues to bear fruits, e.g., mutual exchanges, joint articles, and summer schools. This year’s conference is another collaboration opportunity for IAMO and HZAU to build an open platform for international researchers to exchange new theories, new methods and new findings in the field of natural resource management. Besides the academic exchanges, this successful event also greatly helps the China Research Group of IAMO strengthen existing partnerships and develop new contacts in China.