China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (Beijing)

Deutsche Umwelt Hilfe (Germany)

Environmental legal aids, environmental litigation

Protection of flora and fauna are the two main goals of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), set in Beijing, as well as the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH). Due a lot of experiences which both NGOs achieved since their foundings 1985 respectively ten years earlier the Deutsche Umwelthilfe in 1975, they have a good ground for cooperation in their fields of engagement.

The DUH and CBCGDF plan a comparative study on environmental interest litigation and /or environmental legal aids. They want to establish a knowledge transfer network to share their first-hand experiences, successes, and strategies to meet challenges in reducing air pollution

Peter Feldkamp – Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. and Chen Zhen – China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

The role of NGOs in implementing existing environmental legislation is growing. Taking legal action is a strong instrument in this context. Opportunities for NGOs to engage in this field are growing, not only in the EU due to latest jurisdiction strengthening the rights of NGOs, but also in China.

However, sound standing knowledge on legal and technical aspects as well as pursuing successful strategies are important to achieve success. It is therefore important to deepen exchange and knowledge transfer among each other and to build up a solid network with the potential or collaboration beyond this exchange program.

“During this exchange, I felt that I was very lucky to join the EU-China NGO exchange program and had a chance to know how other NGOs and twinners worked in protecting the environment.”

Chen Zhen

Activities Chen Zhen visiting Deutsche Umwelthilfe in Berlin
  • Participating projects to encourage more people to ride bicycles and achieve safer for bicycle riders.
  • Joining the campaign against the local government to pass the bicycle law in Berlin.
  • Visiting some other environmental protection NGOs like ClientEarth, EEB, FNE, UFU to have a better understanding about their work.

Twinning Report China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (Beijing) & Deutsche Umwelt Hilfe (Germany)

Twinning Experience Presentation China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (Beijing) & Deutsche Umwelt Hilfe (Germany)


About the Twinning organizations

China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, Beijing

The China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) is a well-established NGO dedicated to environmental protection and biodiversity conservation in China. It was founded in 1985 and is one of the oldest environmental protection organisations in China. The protection of the Milu Deer and other endangered fauna as well as flora are their main goals. Since China’s new environmental law took effect in 2015, the CBCGDF filed a total of 46 Environmental Public Interests Lawsuits (EPIL) against companies that have been responsible for air and water pollution.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., Germany

The Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (DUH), founded 1975, is an independent non-profit association which focuses on protecting nature, environment and consumer rights. Activities of the DUH include coordination, public relations and campaigning as well as consultancy of policy makers on national and European level. Since 2009, DUH´s traffic department has been coordinating the Pan-European Campaign “Soot Free for the Climate” consisting of 13 European NGOs and since 2012 it is part of the EU Life Project “Clean Air” where it is working on legal opportunities to fight for the right of clean air.