Keyword: Environment

Activities held to celebrate World Oceans Day in China

Activities held to celebrate World Oceans Day in China

World Oceans Day, celebrated every 8th of June, is an event officially recognised by the United Nations. It is an observation held annually in honour of the world’s oceans, celebrating the products that the ocean provides such as seafood and marine life itself, and providing a time to appreciate its intrinsic value. In China, the State Oceanic Administration is in charge of this occurrence and holds activities every year. This year, the theme is “caring about the ocean’s health, protecting the blue star”. The main venue of this year’s activities was Beihai, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The theme activities consisted of the Opening Ceremony, the Award Ceremony for …read more

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

May 22 marks both International Day for Biological Diversity and the 60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves in China. These two occasions were highlighted by a conference held in Beijing by seven government departments, including China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). 600 representatives from the state and local governments participated in the conference. A document released by the MEP during the conference shows that there are currently 2740 nature reserves in China, covering 1,470,000 square kilometers. They occupy 14.83% of China’s total land area, which is higher than the world average. Over 90% of the different kinds of land ecosystem in the country, 89% of endangered species of …read more

Local action on International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, whose aim is to promote biodiversity around the world. The 2016 theme is “2016 Theme: Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods”. In order to further advance the protection of China’s biological diversity, especially in the South China Sea, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF 中国生物多样性保护与绿色发展基金会) will launch a theme forum entitled “Focus on Biodiversity Protection in the South China Sea” to mark the occasion. The activity is geared to appeal to all sectors of society and encourage them to value the biodiversity of marine organisms and the protection of China’s marine ecosystem. As a civil environmental protection organization, …read more

“Free the Smiling Angels

“Free the Smiling Angels” Project to protect finless porpoises

The start of the “Free the Smiling Angels” Project was officially announced yesterday by the Tianjin Fishery Administration Office in Tianjin’s Haichang Polar Ocean Park. On the same day two adorable wild finless porpoises called Yangyang and Xiaohua were successfully released into their home, the Yellow Sea. Finless porpoises are a kind of aquatic mammal closely related to dolphins. They are known for the wide smiles which they appear to maintain all the time. As Liu Qing, head of the local Institute of Zoology, explained: “finless porpoises are very lovely and like to be intimate with human beings. I feel very happy to see them gradually recover. I hope that more …read more

New Season of “ Nature is Speaking” launched in Chinese

New Season of “ Nature is Speaking” launched in Chinese

From April 20th until the end of June, the Conservation International Foundation (CI) will be releasing five new episodes of “Nature is Speaking” in Chinese. In an effort to invite the human race to listen to nature, the second season in Chinese will feature the themes of ice, homes, the coral reef, the sky and the mountains. Renowned Chinese actors and actresses Tony Leung, Chiu Wai, Sylvia Chang, Donnie Yen, Joan Chen and Feng Xiaogang have lent their voices to these natural elements as part of this campaign for the protection of the ecosystem. All the episodes will debut in the Parkview Green Mall in the city center of Beijing. Instead …read more

China's five-year plan for Environmental Advocacy and Education released

China’s five-year plan for Environmental Advocacy and Education released

The “National Environmental Advocacy and Education Work Outline 2016-2020” (《全国环境宣传教育工作纲要(2016-2020年)》 was recently released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, the Civilization Office of the Central Communist Party Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the All China Women’s Federation. The Outline will be the base for the relevant governmental departments and social organizations to conduct advocacy and education related to environmental protection during the 13th five-year plan. The document is significant for raising public awareness of the environment and solidifying the concept of green development, and it is supposed to serve as an engine for …read more

Chinese Supreme Court releases ten environmental protection cases

A news briefing was held by the Supreme Court of People’s Republic of China on March 31st, releasing the second set of the ten administrative cases relating to environmental protection.

World Meteorology Day: “hotter, drier, wetter. Face the future.”

The 23h of March is the World Meteorological Day. This year’s theme is “hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future”.

“Water, Ecology and Life” Forum kicks off in Beijing on World Water Day 2016

The opening ceremony of the forum: “water ecological life”(“纯净水生态 共筑水安全”高峰论坛) was launched in Beijing on 21st of March, on commemoration of the World Water Day.

Xinhua News: China’s seven-year plastic bag ban has saved 8.4 million tons of oil

China’s plastic bag ban launched in 2008 has successfully cut 1.4 million tons of plastic bag production, which equals to saving 8.4 million tons of oil

WWF announces plans for Earth Hour 2016 in Beijing

WWF have announced the differences and activities of Earth Hour 2016 on a press conference in Beijing.

Researchers from Harvard publish report on China’s top 100 philanthropists

Researchers at Harvard have mapped the philanthropic activities of mainland China’s top 100 largest donors in 2015, examining their identity, their fortune, what sectors they work in, what causes their donation and which areas of the country benefit from their giving.

The Supreme People’s Court validates environment lawsuit

In a landmark ruling, China’s Supreme People’s Court has confirmed a sentence fining a company for polluting water resources in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. From 2011 to 2013, six companies that make chemical products in the Taixing economical development zone, including the Changlong and Jinhui Companies, poured more than 20 thousand tons of acid waste into the Rutai Canal and the Guma River in Taizhou through illegal companies operating without hazardous waste disposal qualifications, causing serious pollution to the local water resources. This incident was exposed by the media in 2012, and the 14 people involved were given sentences ranging from 2 to 5 years in prison in 2014. Later on, the …read more

A lawsuit on air pollution put on record in Shandong

Friends of Nature (FON) filed a lawsuit for air pollution against the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited on the 19th of January. The lawsuit was put on record in the Intermediate People’s Court of Dongying city, Shandong Province, following the Civil Procedure Law, the new Environmental Protection Law and the Law on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution which only came into effect this year. FON learned from public reports that the emissions of air pollutants by the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited continually exceeded the standards, and its air pollution improvement facilities were continually used in an abnormal way. Furthermore, the Corporation’s online monitoring equipment was not reliable and would …read more

The revised draft of the Wildlife Protection Law released online for public consultation

The revised draft of the Wildlife Protection Law was released online for public consultation on the 26th of December 2015. It is the first time in 26 years that the law is revised, since it was released in 1989. The public can submit their advice online ( or send their advice to the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of the NPC (address: No.1 Qian Men West Street, Xicheng District). The deadline for the consultation is the 29th of January 2016. The revised draft makes a clear statement for the first time that wildlife’s habitats should be protected and the related department should assess and adjust the list of …read more

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

Fifteen NGOs that conduct climate change related work in China delivered a joint statement on December 13 in response to the newly reached Paris Agreement. The statement described the agreement as a significant milestone and a bridge between developed and developing countries as well as between the old and the new climate orders. The NGOs praised China’s vital contribution in achieving the agreement. They suggested that active controls on coal, renewable energy promotion, and nationwide carbon emission restrictions should be incorporated into the 13th five-year plan (social and economic blueprint for 2016 to 2020). The NGOs are optimistic that the tolerance and openness of the Paris Agreement will translate into …read more

Report on the Development of Chinese Ocean Conservancy NGOs (2015) available online

Report on the Development of Chinese Ocean Conservancy NGOs (2015) available online

  A Report on the Development of the Chinese Ocean Conservancy NGOs (2015) was released during the closing ceremony of the first China Ocean Philanthropy Forum. The report constitutes the first research on this topic. It was jointly conducted by the Heyi Institute (合一绿学院), the Shanghai Rendu Ocean NGO Development Center (上海仁渡海洋公益发展中心), and the China Blue Sustainability Institute (智渔生态环境研究中心) as independent third party observers. Its aim is to help ocean conservancy NGOs in China understand the status quo, learn from each other, improve their expertise, promote communication and networking within the environmental protection sector, and provide better services to adress ocean-related issues in China. Employing quantitative methods, with online questionnaires collected from 29 Chinese ocean conservancy …read more

China Daily: 20 Chinese NGOs submit position statement to UNFCCC secretariat

China Daily: 20 Chinese NGOs submit position statement to UNFCCC secretariat

Dr. Huang Haoming, secretary general of the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), submitted a position statement signed by 20 Chinese NGOs to the UNFCCC secretariat on the 3rd of December. The statement calls for attention to be paid to Chinese NGOs on the issue of climate change. Its submission highlights the active participation of Chinese NGOs in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21/CMP 11). All of the 20 NGOs involved are members of the China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN). CCAN was established in 2007, and cooperates with the Climate Action Network International as an independent Chinese network. The statement includes nine points, including a call for …read more