Keyword: Environmental Protection

Shenzhen bans the consumption of cat and dog meat

Shenzhen has completely banned the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat, the first city in China to take this step. On the 25th of February, the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen People’s Congress released a draft of the “Ordinance on the Complete Ban on the Consumption of Wild Animals in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone” to gather public feedback. After the end of the one-month period to collect feedback, the final version of the ordinance was officially passed on the 31st of March, and will come into force on the 1st of May. Many have been delighted to find that cat and dog meat are included among the kinds …read more

China’s Ban on Plastic Waste Imports and the Way Forward

China’s Ban on Plastic Waste Imports and the Way Forward

Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher at The Conference Board in Beijing, spoke to CDB on the sidelines of the 2020 CRO Global Summit in Shanghai, to share her views on how the plastic waste import ban and waste sorting rules may help China achieve their industry-upgrading ambitions, and how the recycling industry is adapting to the changes since the ban.

New government document lends support to environmental public interest litigations

The General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of the State Council have issued the “Guiding Opinions for the Construction of a Modern Environmental Governance System” and issued a notice requesting that all localities and departments implement it in a practical and earnest manner. The document is divided into nine parts, which can be summarized as follows: The first part is the general requirements, including the guiding ideology, basic principles and main targets. The second part is about improving the leadership responsibility system for environmental governance, and improving the working mechanism of central coordination, provincial overall responsibility, and city and county implementation, clarifying the …read more

Nine organizations propose amendment to the Wildlife Protection Law

Nine organizations, including Peking University’s Nature Conservation and Social Development Research Center, the Shanshui Nature Conservation Center, Duke Kunshan University, and the Beijing Friendship Institute of Nature and Environment of Chaoyang District, have jointly made a proposal to the Legal Work Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) regarding the expected amendment to China’s Wildlife Protection Law. China’s Wildlife Protection Law, originally enacted in 1989, is expected to be amended very soon, partly as a reaction to the coronavirus outbreak, which many have blamed on the trade and consumption of wild animals. A couple of days ago, the NPC passed new measures restricting the trade of wildlife …read more

From NGO to Social Enterprise: an Interview with Gaia School

From NGO to Social Enterprise: an Interview with Gaia School

Zhang Hehe talks to CDB about how Gaia School, a social enterprise started by Beijing-based NGO Friends of Nature, successfully achieved self-sufficiency without straying from its mission.

China's Top Ten Environmental Policies of 2019

China’s Top Ten Environmental Policies of 2019

The ten most important policies of the year for the promotion of environmental protection.

Logo for the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference released

The logo for the 2020 United Nations Conference on biological diversity was officially released in Beijing on January 9th. The Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, themed “Ecological Civilization — Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”, will be held in 2020 in the southwestern city of Kunming. Li Ganjie, the Minister of the Ecology and Environment, and Ms. Elizabeth Morema, acting executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (hereinafter referred to as the Convention), were both present at the logo’s release. Li Ganjie pointed out that the logo, which is composed of different elements in the shape of a “water drop”, …read more

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Global Environmental Institute

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Global Environmental Institute

While the fires in the Amazon have caught international attention, the vast rainforests in another part of the world – Africa – are also vanishing at a threatening rate as foreign investment rises. CDB interviewed Global Environment Institute, a Beijing-based NGO, to talk about their projects promoting sustainable Chinese investment and trade in Africa.

TV star Hu Ge volunteers in the Tibetan plateau

TV star Hu Ge volunteers in the Tibetan plateau

Chinese actor and singer Hu Ge (also known as Hugh Hu), famous for his roles in a number of popular historical TV dramas, recently publicised his environmental protection activities in the Tibetan plateau. Earlier this month, Hu gave a lecture at an event entitled “Role Models Around Us”, in which he introduced the work he has been doing with “Green River” (绿色江河), an NGO which aims to protect the environment of the Changjiang River (also known as the Yangtze River). An article published yesterday on the official WeChat account of Green River summarises his talk and recent activities with them. In June 2013, Hu Ge went to Sanjiangyuan (an area of the Tibetan plateau that is …read more

Nature-based solutions: 5 important publications by IUCN

Nature-based solutions: 5 important publications by IUCN

As the leading organization of the research and promotion of NbS, IUCN has published many relevant reports and journals, providing researchers and policy makers their expert guidance and suggestions. In today’s article by IUCN China, they listed out 5 publications that you must not miss

Alashan SEE Foundation hosts reception as part of the UN Climate Action Summit

China’s Alashan SEE Foundation hosted a reception as part of the recently concluded UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The reception was held partly to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the foundation’s founding. The SEE foundation was created in 2004 by real estate mogul Liu Xiaoguang, with the vision of mobilising the financial resources of Chinese entrepreneurs to tackle the country’s environmental problems. Initially the foundation’s main focus was on desertification, but nowadays most of its work focuses on supporting environmental NGOs. It is still made up mostly of entrepreneurs committed to environmental protection. The reception included talks by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, and Ms. Cristiana Palmer, UN Assistant …read more

Designing “Lion Lights” for Kenya: a Beijing High Schooler’s Dream for Conservation

Designing “Lion Lights” for Kenya: a Beijing High Schooler’s Dream for Conservation

The inspiring story of a young man from Beijing who designed an improved solution to keep lions and other wild animals away from livestock in Kenya, and teamed up with a Chinese NGO to put his solution into practice.

Shanghai authorities begin to implement waste-sorting rules, fine offenders

Shanghai authorities begin to implement waste-sorting rules, fine offenders

As we previously reported, Shanghai became the first Chinese city to legally enforce waste sorting last Monday. Reports from the last few days suggest that the authorities are enforcing the new regulations quite strictly. On Sunday 新京报 (the Beijing News) reported that over the first six days of the new rules’ enforcement,17,800 law enforcement personnel carried out a total of 9,600 inspections, covering residential complexes, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, and parks. A total of 3,456 organizations and 3,248 individuals received “education and dissuasion” for violating the regulations. 62% were guilty of failing to properly set up garbage-sorting bins, 36% of failing to correctly sort their rubbish, and 2% of collecting and transporting …read more

Can Shanghai become a model city for waste sorting?

Can Shanghai become a model city for waste sorting?

Editor’s Note This is an abridged and adapted translation of a piece by Guo Peiyuan (郭沛源), the Chairman of SynTao Green Finance and co-founder and General Manager of SynTao, published on SynTao’s WeChat account on the 1st of July 2019. You can read the original here.   After officially passing the “Shanghai Municipal Domestic Garbage Management Rules” on July 1st, Shanghai is now the first city in China to enforce waste sorting through legislation. There are many cities in the country that have already tried to popularize waste sorting, but in most cases it has simply been advocated on a voluntary basis, without any compulsory requirements, and the final results have been disappointing. What’s …read more

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin “functionally extinct”, provoking debate

The China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), one of China’s most important environmental organizations, has recently kicked up a storm by announcing the “functional extinction” of the Chinese pangolin. At the recent forum of the C-SDG Global Sustainable Development Youth Leadership Program, held in Beijing on June 8, a young woman from the CBCGDF who works in pangolin conservation made the eye-catching claim. In her talk, the young woman said that the Chinese pangolin (one of eight species of pangolin worldwide) was once widespread in southern China, but its population in the wild has declined dramatically since the 1980s. Following field research and visits to traditional distribution areas, the …read more

Polluting industrial zone turned into scenic spot, with 215 Transformers statues made from scrap steel

Polluting industrial zone turned into scenic spot, with 215 Transformers statues made from scrap steel

Editor’s Note The following is an abridged and adapted translation of an article produced by the SEE Foundation (阿拉善) and published by the China Social Enterprise and Social Investment Forum (秘书处所在地 社会企业与影响力投资论坛). It describes various social responsibility projects undertaken by steel manufacturing company Delong Holdings. The article focuses particularly on Delong’s industrial zone, in Xingtai, Hebei Province, which has now been turned into a tourist attraction with 215 Transformers statues made out of scrap steel.   Delong Steel is one of China’s top 500 manufacturers. It has factories in Xingtai, Baoding, and other cities which are all among the most polluted in the country. Attention tends to focus on the steel industry every …read more

Alibaba releases its corporate social responsibility report for 2019: the green economy takes the lead

June 5 is World Environment Day. This year, in order to mark the occasion, Alibaba and the United Nations Environment Programme started a series of online environmental protection activities on June 1, allowing the public to take part in over 80 kinds of environmental protection activities, such as planting non-commercial trees and recycling boxes, through Alibaba’s 20 apps. According to estimates, individual members of the public took part in these activities nearly 900 million times. As Alibaba’s recently released corporate social responsibility report for the fiscal year of 2019 shows, the Chinese tech giant is taking the lead in creating a sustainable green development mode in many areas, such as …read more

Environmental group Airman traverses China looking for illegal polluters

Airman (好空气保卫侠) is an environmental protection group founded by activist Zhao Liang in 2014. The organization brings together young people to travel the country armed with nothing but their eyesights, sense of smell and a pollution monitoring phone app to find and report illegal polluters. Since it’s founding, the organization has traveled to 28 provinces, investigated sites in 90 cities, and worked on more than 500 environmental rectification cases. This year, it has been nominated for the SEE Ecological award. Founder Zhao Liang was active in environmental efforts long before founding Airman. In 2012 photos of Zhao jumping into a freezing lake to save a flock of Oriental Storks that had been …read more