Forum Theatre in Heifeng – A Follow-up Project

In 2016, Antoaneta from the BalkanKids Foundation and Zhilu from Lingnan Partner Community Support Centre worked together on sexual education not only during the EU-China Twinning program, but continued their successful cooperation also after the official program had ended. On both sides, the Chinese and Bulgarian partners were mutually inspired by the work of their partners. While Zhilu was particularly impressed by the variety of training opportunities offered and funded by the EU, the Bulgarian partners were keen to further deepen the communication with their Chinese peers. Thus, in summer 2017 Zhilu and Antoneta organized a follow-up training workshop for 20 Chinese volunteers, with the aim to teach them the methods of Forum Theatre with an accent on Creative  Leadership.

Urban Solid Waste Policy: A Comparison between Capannori and Beijing

Twinner Lin Youzhu (Friends of Nature) and Marta Ferri (Zero Waste Italy)

 

Zero Waste Italy & Friends of Nature

This project is a direct follow-up to the 2015 Twinning exchange. Based on community-level fieldwork and sample data analysis, the project will consist of four stages: analyzing Italian and Chinese residents’ waste production and management, comparing the waste collection practices of municipal services in Capannori and of governmental and informal collectors in Beijing, researching the organization and management of waste on waste platforms like Eco Islands and Beijing’s multiple transfer centers, and analyzing recycling companies’ waste treatment practices, as well as their relationship with civil society and government.

The final product of this project will be a conclusive report on waste management strategies at the communal level in China and Italy. The report will highlight strengths and weaknesses on both sides, contribute to improving the strategies of both organizations and promote Chinese-European cooperation.

 

 

Zero Waste Festival in France

Impressionsof the Zero Waste Festival in France

Zero Waste France &  AIFEN (Shanghai)

 

Like Zero Waste in France, AIFEN in China is also attend to reduce waste production as one critical reason for environmental pollution. Through their participation in the Twinning Programm, they could focus more on potential cooperation for their shared goal to achieve a less amount of waste. Through many experiences, we know that music festival could also be characterized by their huge amount of waste.

Zero Waste France is organizing a Zero Waste Festival, a music festival that will raise awareness of waste production through its Zero Waste agenda. AIFEN will take part in all stages of the festival, from organization to implementation.There will be a special part of this festival dedicated to international partnerships during which Twinning partners will share their experience with and strategies for international cooperation and the propagation of the Zero Waste movement.

More information on the Zero Waste Festival

International Coastal Cleanups

Beach Clean-up in Shanghai: Laura Foster (Marine Conservation Society) and the Shanghai Rendu team

 

Marine Conservation Society (UK) & Shanghai Rendu Ocean Development Center

 

MCS &Shanghai Rendu – both focus on reducing the increasing pollution in our oceans. Continuing their cooperation in this area, the organizations will arrange several beach clean-ups, both in the UK and China.The clean-ups will be publicized online and through flyers. Instructors specializing in international coastal cleanup methods will accompany volunteers, record the results of the actions and encourage networking.

They will also use social media to share their experiences, the results of the clean-ups and the impact pollution has on beaches and marine wildlife.

Please click here for their full report.

Non-Formal Education Theatre Festival and Exhibition 2016

 

Georgeta Mureanu (Forumul Cetatenesc pentru Actiune Sociala si Educatie Civica) and Li Fangfang (Evergreen Center for Sustainable Development)

 

A tiptap e.V. (Berlin) & FCASEC (Romania) & Evergreen Centre (Beijing)

 

This year, we witnesses a remarkable outcome of the networking after our capacity building seminars where they all met for the first time: a cooperation between three 2015 twinners on the use of forum theater as a method for environmental education.During the Twinning exchange 2015 they have encountered a vivid and active community of NGOs using non-formal education tools to work on a broad range of environmental and social issues. They work with communities to conserve cultural and agricultural practices in mountain villages in Yunnan, on the improvement of living conditions of working migrants in the cities or on women suffering from domestic violence in Kunming and Beijing, just to provide a few examples.

Throughout the discussions, the three NGOs became curious about the diversity of groups and their approaches. They have made promising contacts to theatre groups, researchers of various disciplines, anthropologists, and student union leaders. The the idea of a Chinese Festival on non-formal education and arts-based research methods came up.

The three NGOs started to plan a three day festival in Beijing. During the planning, a fourth research institution joined, the University of Sheffield. They work on a cross-national research project about intergenerational justice, specifically looking at the issues of climate change, consumption and sustainability, in the UK, China and Uganda (www.sheffield.ac.uk/intersection). The researchers are now informally linked to the twinners group and their activities.

The festival aims at contributing to the coproduction of knowledge and mutual learning. It hopes to foster new coalitions between NGOs, researchers, students, artists and practitioners. The festival will take place from 20. to 22. of October 2016 in Beijing. The festival will also include a photo voice exhibition which was prepared during the twinning exchange 2015 by Evergreen and FCASEC. Key decision makers are invited to participate at the exhibition.

Report on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Chicken Eggs from Pollution Hotspots in China

Report on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in chicken eggs from pollution hotspots in China

 

Arnika (Czech Republic) & Nature University (Beijing)

 

Following the 2014 Twinning exchange, Arnika and Nature University collected samples from chicken eggs at several pollution hotspots in China. Chicken eggs have been found to be sensitive indicators of POP contamination in the soil and in dust, and are an important exposure pathway from soil pollution to humans.The samples were analyzed in Czech laboratories and the results summarized in a report. The results found the eggs to be contaminated with dangerous and toxic pollutants, such as dioxins.

The follow-up action will be to translate this report into Chinese and visually enhance the material for publication. It will then be disseminated to the general public and media. Additionally, further samples from a hotspot in Likeng will be acquired and used to substantiate the report’s findings.

For the extensive report, click here

Download the Egg Report here

Transitioning from high to low pesticide-use in a Heinigou farming community

Reducing the use of pesticides in Heininggou with the help of NGOs, Farmer Shaolan Zhang

Save our Seeds (Germany) & Pesticide Eco-Alternatives Center (Kunming)

 

Within the framework of the international 2000m2 Project established by the Foundation on Future Farming (FFF) and following the 2015 Twinning exchange, PEAC joined the initiative to assist the village of Heinigou in reducing its pesticide use.The follow-up project will continue to support this development by organizing training sessions and exchanges among farmers, as well as by promoting the development of organic farmers’ cooperatives to support the market for eco-products.

Chongqing Pilot Project for Developing a Low Carbon Campus Evaluation Index

 

Thorben Jensen (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy) and Dai Chunyan (The Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP))

 

Innovative Green Development Program (Beijing) & Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany)

 

After the exchange program, the participating organizations began to cooperate on a “ Chongqing pilot project for developing a low carbon campus evaluation index”.

As a starting point, this study will clarify key points in controlling greenhouse gas emissions in order to build a low carbon campus construction and evaluation system. In addition to the necessary hardware for a Low Carbon Campus, society will also play a key role in the low carbon transformation.

On campus, providing low carbon education can help students integrate their life and work into the low carbon system and enhance their overall low carbon literacy. Ultimately, this will help control on-campus greenhouse gas emissions, enhance low carbon awareness and literacy among citizens and  promote the goal of creating synergies between universities and society as a whole to achieve a low carbon transformation.The research results of the project will provide a decision-making basis and reference for creating local level planning regulations and technical guidelines in Chongqing. The transnational nature of this research project will help foster innovation.

Joint Papers on Transport Electrification and on the Environmental Impact of the BREXIT

 

Lin Jiaqiao (Rock Environment and Energy Institute)

Sanjeev Kumar (Change Partnership)

 

 

Rock Environment and Energy Institute (Beijing) & Change Partnership (UK

Rock Environment and Energy Institute (Beijing & Change Partnership (UK)

 

REEI and Change Partnership have kept in touch after the exchange by collaborating on writing a joint paper on transport electrification.Also, they exchanged ideas on the impact of Brexit on the UK’s environmental and energy policies, contributing to a paper series analyzing the Brexit issue.

The participants see the exchange as marking the beginning of long-term communication and cooperation between the two Twinning fellows and their respective organizations. They are currently in close contact about new developments and expect to continue to do so in the future.

A Visit in London, a Theatre Performance in Changcha and More

 

Theatre performace in Changcha

Chickenshed (London, UK) & Hunan Aimier (Changsha, China) – In July 2014 Chickenshed’s Dave Carey and Charlie Kemp visited Hunan Aimer again, staging a performance resulting from the Chickenshed/Aimier partnership. During their Twinning exchange in China they put together a ten-minute show with 9–11 year olds and, crucially, with mixed participation of children with and without disabilities.

For Chickenshed, which works together with children of all abilities, inclusivity is integral to their philosophy. Implementing this concept in China seemed like a real challange at the beginning, because of the different attitude towards drama, which tends to be more formal and stylised and therefore excludes children that do not fulfil the social concept of ‘normalcy’.

Against any doubts, the concept found great approval with Pan Yu from Hunan Aimier, who shared Chickensheds vision for a long time and was excited to implement it also in China. After the Twinning exchange the two organisations continued to work closely together. They developed their show into a 20-minute piece whith a final gala performance in a professional theatre, that according to Pan Yu is comparable with the West-end. 

The project by Aimier and Chickenshed has won one of the eight gold awards among 897 projects of the first “China Youth Volunteering Project Competition”. The award is used to give commendation to outstanding volunteering projects and social organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pan Yu from Aimier visits London, UK

With the support of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Hunan Aimer’s director Pan Yu had the possibility to visit Chickenshed in London in January 2015. They  were able to welcome her with a packed schedule. Overall, their all round understanding of each others’ approach and process was greatly enhanced, which will make further developments easier and more satisfying.

Chickenshed was able to organise several trips that helped Pan Yu understanding of the current state of Social Inclusion in the UK. They visited a respite care centre for disabled children which has led the way in creating services and experiences that address the needs of both the children and families. Moreover, they visited  the Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation to observe (and in Pan Yu’s case, join in) an inclusive sports session held in a local school. Tottenham Hotspurs are not only a leading premiership football team but also have the most advanced and well funded outreach programme of all the teams in the UK.

Pan Yu now plans for a “Chickenshed China”. There are now discussions about how to go national in China using me Aimier’s work in Changsha as a hub.

 Synergies

Chickenshed and The Rights Practice, both European alumni of the Stiftung Aisenhaus Twinning projects found a way of spreading the networks created through this process. Late in October 2014, Chickenshed were delighted to host a visit of Chinese activists brought to the UK by The Rights Practice.  They came from a number of anti-discrimination and public participation NGOS to look at how NGOs and ordinary citizens in Britain engage with government and participate in policy making, with a particular focus on the interests and rights of persons with disabilities.

At Chickenshed’s purpose built London theatre both the Chinese visitors and members of the Rights Practice staff enjoyed a performance of “Alice on the Underground”. Chickenshed’s Dave Carey said “It’s really good to create this type of cross fertilization relationships. In our normal activities there would be no reason for Chickenshed and The Rights Practice to meet but through the Twinning exchange we are able to see how we can support each others activities in ways we wouldn’t have thought of.”