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 transporting …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
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
Study finds that monitoring of local governments by NGOs improves compliance with environmental regulations
A large-scale study conducted by scholars from the UC Santa Barbara and Nanjing University has found that monitoring of Chinese local governments’ environmental performance by NGOs improves their compliance with the central government’s regulations, without at the same time increasing public dissatisfaction about pollution. The study, entitled Non‐Governmental Monitoring of Local Governments Increases Compliance with Central Mandates: A National‐Scale Field Experiment in China and published in the American Journal of Political Science, was co-authored by Sarah E. Anderson, a UC Santa Barbara associate professor of environmental politics in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Mark Buntaine, an assistant professor of environmental institutions and governance at the Bren School, and Professor Bing Zhang …read more
World Bicycle Day celebrated across China
June 3 was designated as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2018, with the aim of celebrating and promoting bicycle use around the world. This resolution was the result of a petition by Montgomery College Professor Leszek Sibilski and his sociology students, who started a grassroots campaign to promote World Bicycle Day, eventually gaining supports from 57 nations. The goal is to raise public awareness on emission reduction, and also encourage a healthy lifestyle. This year many Chinese cities have actively participated in celebrating the second World Bicycle Day, with various activities held all over the country over the weekend. In Chengdu, the People’s Government …read more
Pilot program for Yangtze cleanup underway in Jiangsu
China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment launched a massive project in March this year to identify and clean up sources of pollution that lead into the Yangtze River. It was recently reported that the pilot program is already in full swing in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. The program is divided into three investigative phases, and it has already entered phase three in Taizhou. The first phase is identification of pollution sources and data collection, mainly through the use of satellites, drones and high-resolution optic camera technology. In Taizhou, the Satellite Environment Application Center of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has set up the Nation’s first remote sensing application base to …read more
Points of No Return – an Interview with Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace
In this wide-ranging interview with CDB, the International Executive Director of Greenpeace Jennifer Morgan discusses her organization’s strategies in China and worldwide, the importance of fighting climate change and preserving biodiversity and the fallout from the Paris agreement.
2019 Global Youth Program for Combatting Desertification opens in Inner Mongolia
The opening ceremony of the 2019 Global Youth Program for Combatting Desertification was recently held in Ordos City, Dalad Banner, Inner Mongolia, according to a report by the official account of the Ministry of Public Security’s Overseas NGO Office. The program was organized by the South Korean-China Cultural and Youth Association and the Dalad Banner Youth League. Former United Nations general Secretary Ban Ki-moon and a previous South Korean ambassador to China attend the ceremony, alongside government officials from Beijing and Dalad Banner. Afterwards South Korean volunteers, students from Beijing, local residents and the ceremony’s distinguished guests all planted trees in the desert. The goal of this program was to encourage …read more