Keyword: Environmental Protection

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

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

Highlights from the 2018 State of China’s Marine Ecological Environment Report

The ”2018 State of China’s Marine Ecological Environment Report” was officially released by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment on May 29. Following are some important findings and highlights from the report. The report shows a general improvement in ocean health in most categories, including the overall national ocean ecosystem. However, the water quality of river water flowing into the ocean is “not optimal” and coastal areas remain severely polluted. Overall marine water quality has improved since 2017. The total area of “low level four” quality ocean water, the most polluted category, has decreased by 450 square kilometres. Ocean water rated “good quality” has increased to 6.7% of the total ocean …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

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

Professor calls for lowering the required standards for wastewater discharges

The Standing Committee of the NPC held a conference on the implementation of Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law on the 25th of March, in which experts and specialists offered assessment and suggestions. During the conference Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering Peng Yongzhen, from the Beijing University of Technology, gave a talk from the height of his academic authority. The professor said that China has made significant progress on tackling water pollution in the past few years; however, there is still a problem with the wastewater discharge standards. Regional governments have raised unreasonable requirements in recent years for wastewater discharge in urban areas, in order to meet the water quality …read more

World Water Day: how MyH20 helps address China's water security problem

World Water Day: how MyH20 helps address China’s water security problem

Today, March 22, is World Water Day. We would like to take this chance to introduce a project run by a Chinese NGO to alleviate China’s problems of water security. Although China ranks sixth in the world for total freshwater resources, its water resources per capita are only 1/4 of the world average. More than 400 of the country’s 600 cities are considered to be short of water, and 110 cities are deemed to suffer from “extreme shortages”.  According to continuous monitoring of the data of 118 cities, about 64% of urban groundwater suffers from very heavy pollution, about 33% suffers from moderate pollution, and only 3% meets basic standards of …read more

Alashan SEE Foundation in international partnership to save the rhino

On the eve of the opening of the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, China’s Alashan SEE Foundation teamed up with the Number Five Foundation from the Netherlands and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to organize the second UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment in Nairobi, Kenya from March 9 to 11. The three organizations officially launched a global rhino conservation initiative with the theme of  “Saving The Rhino Together” to combat the consumption of rhino products. More than 150 people from all over the world attended the conference, among whom were top scientists, business leaders, representatives of social organizations and a delegation of Chinese entrepreneurs. Rhinos have long …read more

Final decision taken on the “Changzhou poisonous land” environmental litigation case

The Jiangsu High People’s Court made a final decision on the “Changzhou poisonous land case” on December 27th, waiving the “sky-high” legal expenses imposed on the two NGOs by the first ruling, and ordering the three companies to publicly apologise for polluting the land. The “Changzhou poisonous land case” was brought to court in April 2016 by the Friends of Nature Environmental Institute of Chaoyang District, Beijing (known as “Friends of Nature”) and the China Biodiversity Protection and Green Development Foundation (known as the “Green Development Foundation”) against three chemical manufacturers in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, responsible for contaminating land and causing sickness among local residents. In January 2017, the intermediate …read more

Alipay integrated into national tree-planting scheme

Alipay integrated into national tree-planting scheme

The National Green Committee Office, the China Green Foundation and Ant Forest (an application produced by Alipay) signed a strategic cooperation agreement on the “Internet and comprehensive voluntary tree-planting” (互联网+全面义务植树) with the National Forestry and Grasslands Administration on October 23. Starting from the end of November, the planting certificates of Ant Forest will interconnect with the certificates of voluntary tree-planting issued by this government body, which means that Ant Forest will be embedded in the system of national voluntary tree-planting, and will become an accepted and cooperative project of the national ministry. Every time Alipay records its users walking, taking public transportation and paying the gas and electricity fees online, …read more

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association: the first environmental NGO in the Tibetan plateau

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association: the first environmental NGO in the Tibetan plateau

The Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association (SGR) is the first environmental NGO in Qinghai province. It registered in Yushu (Qinghai) in 2001, and became a provincial environmental NGO in 2008. This year the Sanjiangyuan National Park officially became its professional supervisory unit. The Sanjiangyuan (literally “source of three rivers”) is the area of the Tibetan plateau where the sources of Asia’s three great rivers, the Yangtze, the Yellow river and the Mekong are located. The SGR mainly focuses on water source protection, zero waste and rural construction, and promotes a mode of natural resource management and protection mainly based on communities. Over the past eighteen years, the SGR has cultivated 75 …read more

Chinese environmental protection organizations visit Laos and Cambodia

On September 25-30, the China Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association (CECRPA) joined eight environmental protection social organizations, enterprises and institutions, including the China Environmental Protection Federation, the China-Japan Friendship Environmental Protection Center, the Environmental Planning Institute and the Environmental and Economic Policy Research Center, went to Laos and Cambodia to carry out environmental policy and technology talks and exchanges for deepening the green “Belt and Road” initiative. This exchange is the second one in half a year, since the CECRPA organized another group to go to Laos and Cambodia for civil activities in March. As reported by 中国社会组织动态, a WeChat account run by the Management of Social Organizations Office of the …read more

Report reveals funding trends in environmental protection

Ford Conservation & Environmental Grants, China (CEGC) has been supporting environmental protection projects in China since 2000. Every year since 2016 it has released an annual report on the development of environmental NGOs, aiming to help the people who work in environmental protection get a clearer picture of their own position, and to allow funders who are interested in entering this field to have a better understanding of the current situation as well as the need to carry out effective funding. Finding funding is one of the most important things for those working in development, and the environmental protection field is no exception. CEGC’s recently released annual report for 2017 provides a comprehensive …read more