Pangolin scales removed from official list of medical products
Pangolins have not been included in the 2020 edition of “Chinese Pharmacopoeia”, an official compendium of medicine published by the PRC’s Ministry of Health and covering both TCM and western medicine. As reported by the China Health Times (健康时报), pangolins as well as three species of plant that were all included last year are not to be found in the latest edition. Furthermore, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration published a notice on June 5 stating that the level of protection of all species of pangolin would be boosted, with their status raised to “first-level protected wildlife”. Traditional Chinese medicine makes use of pangolin scales, meat and blood to treat a variety of …read more
Public Interest Litigations are Pushing Environmental Charities to Professionalise
This article by Liu Jinmei, from Beijing-based charity Friends of Nature, looks at how the opportunity to initiate public interest litigations against polluters, which has existed in China since 2015, is pushing environmental organizations to become more professional.
The first week of waste-sorting in Beijing
Beijing recently became the second Chinese city after Shanghai to enforce mandatory domestic waste-sorting. The newly revised Beijing Municipal Waste Management Regulations came into effect on May 1st. A Xinhua report from May 8th looks at some of the problems that emerged over the first week of implementation. The regulations stipulate that residential communities and villages should set up two types of collection containers for kitchen waste and other waste in public areas, and set up containers for recyclables and hazardous garbage collection. As the report notes, efforts to raise awareness on how to sort garbage have intensified, and awareness of garbage classification has greatly improved since the regulation’s implementation. However, the report …read more
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
Anke Schrader, a 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 the new 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 …read more
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