Introduction about the International Joint Laboratory of Estuaries and Coasts (IJLEC), Shanghai:
Estuaries and coasts are the key and vulnerable areas for the economic growth of the Maritime Silk Road countries and regions. Under the effect of climate change and human activities, the coastal zones all over the world are faced with multiple challenges such as storm surges, flooding, coastal erosion, degradation of ecological environment and damage to public health, which urgently need scientific and technological support. This Joint Lab is marked as the priority project of Mega-Delta programme, the latter being endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in June, 2021. Based on the research achievements and international cooperation basis of the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, we try to establish an international joint laboratory with the leading institutions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Romania and other countries. The cooperation is carried out through international academic cooperation, scientific and technological personnel exchange, students training and resources sharing. To improve the scientific research and innovation ability of cooperative partners. The joint laboratory will become a platform for information exchange and sharing among partner institutions, and serve the needs of partner countries for disaster prevention and mitigation, environmental protection and public health.