Founder of a Twinning alumni organization receives Federal Cross of Merit

Last Tuesday Felix Fixbeiner, founder of the youth environmental initiative “Plant for the Planet”, was presented with the German Federal Cross of Merit. “Planet for the Planet” focuses on climate policy engagement of children and adolescents by planting trees. Fixbeiner himself began his commitment to plant trees against climate change at elementary school age. Today he is 20 years old and thus the youngest German ever to receive a Federal Cross of Merit. “Plant for the Planet” was part of our twinning program which brings Chinese and European NGOs together in 2015. In cooperation with Beijing Envirofriends, they launched a “Day of Action” on the occasion of the Paris Climate Summit and were part of the “Climate Strike” initiative.

Stiftung Asienhaus wholeheartedly congratulates Mr. Fixbeiner as well as “Plant for the Planet” and wishes him further success in planting millions of trees and stopping climate change with his determined commitment.



Twinning selection committee meets tomorrow, May 10

Tomorrow, the selection committee is going to handpick each 7 social justice and 5 climate change NGO twinning pairs for our program. This year, the jury will again discuss many exciting and fruitful projects from different kinds of subject areas. An interesting development is the rise in applications of social NGOs, working in areas such as HIV prevention, labor rights and gender equality.

From a regional diversity perspective there is an incredibly broad representation of different European countries. Adding applications from countries such as Romania, Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the NGO twinning program now encompasses 19 European states. Likewise, there are also applications from all over China, e.g. from Anhui, Shanxi or Sichuan province. The jury consists of European as well as of Chinese experts.


2017 TWINNERS Anja (WWF Germany) and Vivian (HK Bird Watching Society) told all about their experience


Have a look at this article about their Twinning and let yourself be caught up in their enthusiasm:

 EAAFP Secretariat with Vivian Fu and Anja Szczesinski:

Last year, representatives from WWF Germany Wadden Sea office and the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (HKBWS) formed a team to join the EU-China NGO Twinning programme. During the exchange programme, the twinning partners visited each others’ place to learn about the wetland conservation in China and the Wadden Sea.

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Due to many interested organizations applying as singles, we are extending the Joint Application Deadline to May 6th. This way we have more time to support interested potential twinners in their search for a partner organization.

Currently we are already looking for organizations working in following fields:

LGBT – Labour rights – Smart Cities/Low Carbon – Coal and Air Pollution – Inclusion – Sexual Education

If you are working in this field or have colleagues who might be interested, please have a look at our call for applications HERE (中文) or contact us at:


STARTING NOW: Call For Applications EU-China Twinning Program 2018

The EU-China Twinning Program is starting it’s sixth round. We are looking for staff of NGOs, Think Tanks and Social Enterprises operating in the fields of social and environmental justice as well as climate change and low carbon development. If you are working on health issues, sexual education, gender equality, LGBT, inclusion of the disabled, environmental protection, water or air pollution, organic agriculture, green infrastructure, labor rights, waste management, ….or other important issues, have a look at our CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (中文) and apply for this unique program.

For more questions you can also contact us via:

We are looking forward to hearing from you


SAVE THE DATE: 2018 EU-China NGO Twinning

Does China matter to your work? Or do you know somebody to whom it does?
Would you like to experience first hand how NGOs on the other side of the world achieve their goals?
Are you interested in collaborating on a topic of joint interest with Chinese colleagues?

The EU-China NGO Twinning Program’s 6th run is about to start and will again give 12 European NGO/Think Tank/Social Enterprise staff the opportunity to experience a unique partnership program. The exchange is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator. The official call for applications will reach you in January with a deadline around the end of February.

Watch a short movie about the program:

For any queries regarding the thematic area of Environmental protection and Social justice contact Ms. Jo Klabisch at
For any queries regarding the thematic area of Climate Change & Low-carbon Development contact Mr. Mathias Claeys Bouuaert at: 

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