During October 8-11, 2012, the Fourth International Conference on Estuaries & Coasts was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Senior engineer LIAO Xiaoyong and Dr. FENG Yuan from CRSRI were invited to attend the conference, Dr. FENG Yuan made an academic report titled "The influence of Yangtze river Tongling river comprehensive regulation project to flood control, navigation and fish resource", where the sediment research progress in the downstream and estuarine of the Yangtze River were introduced and the achievements and strength in scientific research were shown. During the meeting, the delegations from CRSRI also made an in-depth exchange and discussion with domestic and foreign experts and scholars on the development, management and protection of the Yangtze River, which would be helpful for the sediment research work in the downstream of the Yangtze River and estuary area.
The conference was organized by the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES), sponsored by Water Resources University, Vietnam ,and co- sponsored by the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, IAHR and International Association of Hydrological Sciences, IAHS. The conference theme was Vision and Imagination – Water in an Era of Change. More than 100 experts and scholars from more than 10 countries and regions participated in the workshop and conducted academic exchanges.