2015 Hangzhou Capacity Building Seminar: Climate change, Social and Environmental justice

2015 Hangzhou Capacity Building Seminar: Climate change, Social and Environmental justice

On September 7th and 8th, the 2015 EU-China NGO Twinning exchange side events began with a capacity building seminar for the European participants in the Low Carbon Museum in the city of Hangzhou. After the merging of the Twinning on Social and Environmental Justice and the Exchange Program on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development, this was the first joint event hosted by Stiftung Asienhaus and the China Association for NGO Management (CANGO ). It was also the first occasion for all 24 cycle participants to meet as a group.

Climate change, social and environmental justice Conference Report – Capacity Building Workshop, Brussels 2015

On the 3rd and 4th of November 2015 the European and Chinese NGOs of this year’s Twinning-program gathered in the facilities of Mundo B in Brussels. In this third year of Twinning exchange, the  capacity building workshop for the first time was hosted by  Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with CAN Europe. For the first time, the workshop also included not only the 14 Social and environmental justice Twinners, but also the 5 Climate Change themed NGO partnershipsTaking advantage of being located in Brussels, the EU capital, the workshop aimed at informing the participants about EU-China relations,-structures and institutions of the European Union as well as current European topics of discussion.

International youth network on climate change CYCAN (Beijing) & BUNDJugend Berlin (Germany)

Twinners Rebecca Freitag (BUNDjugend) and Zheng Xiaowen (CYCAN)

Twinners Rebecca Freitag (BUNDjugend) and Zheng Xiaowen (CYCAN)

CYCAN & BUNDJugend Berlin see this twinning program as the beginning of further cooperation. CYCAN is building a domestic and an international youth network on climate change, a project BUNDJugend will also be involved in.After the exchange, their team in Berlin became very interested in China’s development and its environmental policies, becoming more open-minded.

The two organizations are also planning to do a youth exchange between Berlin and Beijing for young environmental activists. Planning for this project began during the NGO exchange.

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.

Introduction to 2015 Twinning Participants

For the third year the German Stiftung Asienhaus supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung organizes the exchange program EU-China NGO Twinning. This first-of-its-kind program aims at strengthening alliances between civil society organizations from Europe and China. In the context of the exchange one European and one Chinese NGO are paired up as “Twinning-partners”. They will develop a joint project for cooperation and each send one fellow for a job-shadowing stage in the respective other organization for 4 to 8 weeks.

Starting from 2015, the “EU-China NGO Twinning Program” will comprise the Stiftung Asienhaus “EU-China NGO Twinning Program”, which is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Stiftung Mercator’s “China-EU NGO Exchange Program on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development”. Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator have agreed to work closely together in future to create a network of civil society organizations from Europe and China.

In future, up to 24 employees from Chinese and European organizations will take part in this program each year, which will continue to comprise its two original constituent parts, i.e. one thematic area “Environmental and Social Justice” and an additional thematic area “Climate Change & Low-carbon Development”.

The selection committee decided for the following seven Twinners in the thematic area of “Social and Environmental Justice”:

(For more information about the selected NGOs and their exchange topics, pleaseclick here)

  • Center for Environmental Solutions (Belarus)  & Aifen (Shanghai)

Exchange Topic: advancing zero-waste approaches in cities of Belarus and China – public participation in solving environmental issues

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

Exchange Topic: Management of marine debris – global issue of marine plastics

  • Zero Waste Italy & Friends of Nature (Beijing)

Exchange Topic: Zero Wate stragegies – exchange of knowledge on waste issues – practices and movements/organizations

  • Foodwaste.ch (Switzerland) & Shanghai Green Oasis

Exchange Topic: Knowledge sharing on the challenge of food waste, Food Banks, and sustainable food systems

  • Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (Germany)& Tianjin Binhai Environmental Advisory Service Center

Exchange Topic: Air pollution and public participation – health aspects of air pollution

  • Forumul Cetatenesc pentru Actiune Sociala si Educatie Civica(Romania) & Evergreen Center for Sustainable Development (Beijing)

Exchange Topic: Social inclusion of young peope with fewer opportunies through environmental activites

  • A tip: tap e.V. (Germany) & Eco-Watch Institute (Kunming)

Exchange Topic: fostering sustainable water consumption—awareness raising through theatre-projects

The program will start off with preparatory seminars for the exchange fellows. The exchange period is scheduled from September to December 2015, and will be supplemented with workshops on civil society topics in the respective region.

The tendering for the 2015 EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange Program is open. Apply now!

Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator will work closely together in futureto create a network of civil society organizations from Europe and China. To thisend, two existing programs will be combined into a joint initiative.The initiative will comprise the Stiftung Asienhaus “EU-China NGO Twinning Program” which is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator’s“China-EU NGO Exchange Program on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development”, ranin cooperation with the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E) and the ChinaAssociation for NGO Cooperation (CANGO). For more information on the joint initiative, please view: http://www.bosch-stiftung.de/content/language2/html/60024.asp

The program will offer NGO staff from Europe and China the opportunity to spend afour- to eight-week placement in a Chinese or European organization and to further develop their own areas of expertise. This exchange is designed as a twinningexchange, i.e. two organizations working on similar thematic issues exchange amember of their staff in order to establish long-term partnerships.

In 2015, 24 employees from Chinese and European organizations will take part inthis program. The program will accept 14 (seven European and seven Chinese) participants representing organizations from all thematic areas dealing withenvironmental and social justice.In addition, the program will accept 10 (five European and five Chinese)participants representing organizations focusing on climate change and low-carbondevelopment.

Please view the complete Call for Applications here: 2015_CfA_EU-China NGO Twinning

The application forms can be downloaded at this site

Two Civil Society Exchange Programs Combined: Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator Join Forces

The “EU-China NGO Twinning Program” in the future  will comprise the Stiftung Asienhaus “EU-China NGO Twinning Program”, which is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Stiftung Mercator’s “China-EU NGO Exchange Program on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development”.Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator have agreed to work closely together in future to create a network of civil society organizations from Europe and China.