2016 LID and Beijing Consensus
The 2016 LID International Conference proposed that draft of the 2016 China conference LID for urban stormwater management, the Beijing Consensus in Chinese and English: http://www.cnlid.net/nw-show-id-677.html or Download 2016 LID Beijing Consensus (draft). Read more, ….
Fig. 2016 LID Beijing Consensus was announced jointly by Chinese and American Scientists
2016 LID-China Conference
Low Impact Development for Urban Stormwater Management
The Beijing Consensus
Our ultimate goal is to manage urban stormwater in such a way to create a living environment in which humanity and nature co-exist harmoniously and a sustainable condition is maintained.
We consider stormwater runoff as a water resource and its beneficial use should be maximized, especially in relatively dry areas. We recognize water quantity and quality are both limiting factors to water usage. Consequently, managing stormwater should emphasize both the quantity and the quality aspects.
To mitigate the negative impact of urbanization, efforts should be made to conserve/restore the natural hydrologic processes as much as possible.
In controlling urban runoff quantity and quality, we should consider the combined use of both natural (such as infiltration, evapotranspiration, etc.) and engineered (such as low impact development (LID) or green infrastructure (GI) practices) processes and systems.
We realize under certain situations (e.g. extreme rainfall events), the integration of green and gray infrastructures might be necessary.
We recognize the need to link land uses with urban water management plans. An effective and sustainable urban stormwater management requires a solid regulatory framework.
We understand there may be consequences of urban runoff management planning and design, e.g., upstream impacting downstream (connectivity). A watershed-wide consideration is encouraged and tools for such analysis, e.g., watershed hydrologic models, are needed.
More often than not, the urban stormwater management may involve multiple jurisdictions and agencies. Therefore it is highly desirable that a strong collaboration exists among various relevant agencies, institutions, groups, etc. (stakeholders) on a continuing basis. Moreover, setting up goals and selecting appropriate techniques for achieving them should consider local and/or regional conditions.
We realize that urban runoff management requires a significant and long-term commitment and investment. Public-private partnerships and other cost-effective strategies should be considered. Also, life-cycle operation and management of practices, such as planning, design, construction, inspection/acceptance, etc. are needed.
We need to make constant innovation and improvement. We will make great efforts to promote the sharing the knowledge and experiences on a continuous basis.