Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V./NABU & Lüling (Green Collar)
Dorothee Saar, Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V/Sönke Diesener NABU – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V., Germany
Dong Jian, Lüling (Green Collar) – Tianjin Binhai Environmental Advisory Service Center, Tianjin
Air pollution is not only a serious issue in China but has an impact on the health of European citizens living in cities as well. It is essential for stakeholders to get together and discuss strategies to solve air quality problems. The DUH, NABU and TL aimed to make a first step by sharing their first-hand experiences, successes and their strategies to meet challenges in reducing air pollution.
Zero Waste Italy (ZWI) & Friends of Nature (FON)
Marta Ferri, Zero Waste Italy, Italy
Lin Youzhu, Friends of Nature, Beijing
Both exchanging organizations ZWI and FON have been cooperating on a joint project focused on solid waste management in urban context, the spreading of sustainable strategies (Zero Waste) and practices, the rise of sustainable businesses and environmental education among population in both the Italian and Chinese context. Within the mentioned project we were aiming to investigate both problematic situations and actions toward sustainability, with focus on sustainable businesses as well as e-waste treatment.
Marine Conservation Society, UK &
Shanghai Rendu Ocean NPO Development Center, Shanghai
Dr. Laura Foster- Head of Pollution, Marine Conservation Society
Yi Ru, Shanghai Rendu Ocean NPO Development Center
The Marine Conservation Society, UK and the Shanghai Rendu Ocean NPO Development Center aimed at exchanging knowledge on how to manage marine debris effectively, with a focus on plastics from land based sources. With China currently being the biggest contributor to marine plastic in the oceans and a lot of UK waste being sent to China they wanted to obtain a better understanding of the challenges that NGOs in China and the UK are facing.
Forumul Cetatenesc pentru Actiune Sociala si Educatie Civica (FCASEC) &
Evergreen Center for SustainableDevelopment
Georgeta Mureanu, FCASEC, Romania
Li Fangfang, Evergreen Center for Sustainable Development, Beijing
The discrimination of the Roma who are widely considered unable to integrate into Romanian society is a huge problem in Romania. Especially children suffer from unequal chances of access at school or when entering work life. Similarly, a large number of children whose parents are migrant workers do not enjoy the same opportunities as their peers with urban hukou in Chinese cities. FCASEC and the Evergreen Center therefore exchanged on ideas and methods on how to integrate socially disadvantaged young people into society through environmental projects.
foodwaste.ch, Switzerland & Shanghai Green Oasis, Shanghai
Markus Hurschler, co-founder foodwaste.ch, Switzerland
Shi Jinwen, Shanghai Green Oasis, Shanghai
The unnecessary waste of food is a great challenge for both China and Switzerland. While alone in Shanghai an estimated 1’200 tons of food are destroyed every day, around 2,3m tons are thrown away in Switzerland every year along the entire food value chain. Wasting food is not only a waste of resources but bears many ethical questions, given that almost a billion people in China and Europe suffer from under- or malnourishment. Foodwaste.ch and Shanghai Green Oasis entered in this exchange in order to compare the challenges regarding food waste and other food related issues in their respective countries.
A tip: tap e.V. & Eco-Watch Institute
Louisa Kistemaker, A tip: tap e.V., France/Germany
Xu Rui, Eco-Watch Institute, Kunming
The organizations’s joint project envisaged the examination of sustainable water consumption. Participants were to „spect-act“ in knowledge co-construction processes on water consumption in the European and Chinese context through theatre forum. Eliciting multiple perspectives by theatre forum, local narratives and mental maps were created contributing to local sustainability transitions. During the project’s stay in Europe the twinning team focused on drinking water and paradoxical consumption behavior while in China the links between climate change and drought, Yi cultures, irrigation and livelihood strategies were examined.