In April 2007 a joint agreement on friendly co-operation between the cities Xi´an in China and Umeå in Sweden was signed. The agreement focuses on three areas: Culture, Biotech and Energy and environmental technologies.
For Xi’an, as the capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, and with a growing economic development, the water pollution from both households and industries is a real challenge that cannot be ignored. The City of Umeå uses advanced knowledge and techniques as to work with “integrated environmental systems”, and through this Umeå can help Xi’an to tackle the serious water pollution issue. At the same time this project will support the improvement of the life standard for citizens and reduce the health risk caused by water pollution.
The objectives of the project will be achieved through study visits, open seminars, a school project and through public exhibitions. The results of the project will be disseminated through each city’s network, through regional media cover and through public exhibitions. Future cooperation between the two cities will be discussed at the end of project.