Press Release – 2018 EU-China NGO Twinning: Selection of 24 NGOs

Cologne – On 10th of May, a selection committee selected twelve European NGOs and their corresponding Chinese partners for the upcoming EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange 2018. The yearly program aims at the development of sustainable partnerships between European and Chinese NGOs. Since its inauguration, the program saw participation of 20 European countries. In 2018, we received applications from 5 states we have never received applications from before.

The exchange lasts four to eight weeks respectively. The twinners will have the opportunity to acquire their partner organization’s knowledge as well as their methodology and thereby improve their own capacities. Specific activities during the program include preparatory seminars, exchange with local NGOs as well as capacity building workshops in the respective regions. The exchange period for European participants to China is from August 1st to September 30th 2018, for Chinese participants to Europe it is from October 8th to December 9th 2018 (if anybody wants to arrange events or interviews with our participants please contact us).

The program is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator. It has two parts: While seven of the organizations deal with issues of environmental and social justice under the guidance of Stiftung Asienhaus/ Cologne, the other five pairs are active in the field of climate change under the guidance of Climate Action Network Europe/CANGO.

The selection committee decided on the following twelve twinners:

Social and Environmental justice:

  • Südwind (Austria) / Labor Education and Service Network (Hong Kong)
    Exchange Topic: industry monitoring, labor rights advocacy, training approaches and methodologies
  • Energy Justice (Romania) / Shenzhen Zero Waste (Shenzhen)
    Exchange Topic: municipal waste incineration pollution and its impact on communities
  • Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe (Germany) / Anhui Hefei Qingwei Health Center (Anhui)
    Exchange Topic: HIV prevention, providing support for already infected people
  • Naturland e.V. (Germany) / Laotu (Shenzhen)
    Exchange Topic: advancing sustainable agriculture through farmers and consumers
  • Forumtheater Enschede (Netherlands) / Chengdu Storytellers (Sichuan)
    Exchange Topic: gender equality by providing sexual education for young girls
  • Büdchen Nikolausplatz & Agora Cologne (Germany) / Dinghaiqiao Cooperative Society & AIFEN (Shanghai)
    Exchange Topic: social justice and community building, culture education for kids
  • The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (UK) / Shenzhen Mangrove Conservation Foundation (Shanghai)
    Exchange Topic: wetland center management and environmental education promotion for wetland conservation


Climate Change:

  • European Federation of Transport & Environment (Belgium) / Shanghai International Shipping Institute (Shanghai)
    Exchange Topic: de-carbonization of the shipping sector
  • EEB (Brüssel) / EnviroFriends (Beijing)
    Exchange Topic: Industrial waste management practices
  • Green Circle (Hungary) / Chengdu Roots & Shoots (Chengdu)
    Exchange Topic: Environmental education and waste management
  • Go Green (Macedonia) / Sichuan Green Foundation (Sichuan)
    Exchange Topic: Environmental education
  • I4CE (France) / SEE Foundation (Beijing)
    Exchange Topic: Climate change and corporate resilience


Click here for the 2018 EU-China NGO Twinning press release in pdf format.

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.



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.

Full Article

VIDEO: Forum theatre as tool for sexual education

With their great follow-up project in Hei Feng Antoaneta and Zhilu, Twinning partners from the year 2016, have shown what a successfull Twinning partnership can grow into.

In a mutually inspiring and complementary manner the Twinners pooled their knowledge and skills to introduce the Forum Theatre concept as a tool for sexual education to a Chinese audience.

After 10 intensive workshop days under the lead of Antoaneta a group of Chinese volunteers performed a play, which was received with exceitment by the local audience.

WATCH VIDEO: Forum Theatre Performance in Hei Feng


WATCH VIDEO: Train the Trainers Workshop on Forum Theatre

EU-China NGO Twinning at C20 – A Capacity-Building Workshop in Hamburg 2017

What kind of world do we want to live in?

In a complex, organizational feat between VENRO and Stiftung Asienhaus and its’ partners, this year’s Capacity Building Workshop in Europe had been integrated and planned around the Civil Society 20 (C 20) in Hamburg.

Before the C20 summit started, the Twinning partners underwent three intensive days of team building, project refinement, intercultural training and capacity building. On Saturday the 17th of June, a series of talks on a range of topics from ‘The role of NGO’s on a global level’ to ‘Lobbying in Brussels from a NGO perspective’ were given to provide the twinners with additional input on the European NGO work. At the end of the day the European twinners also participated in an intercultural training workshop to prepare them for their Twinning in China, while the Chinese participants enjoyed a field trip to “Die Schlumper”, an organization working social inclusion and artistic development of disabled people.

Twinning Workshop and C20 Participation

The 5th generation of the EU-China NGO Twinning is participating in a unique capacity building this year. Additionally to the inputs about EU legislation and campaigning, and aside from the general intercultural and cooperation-building workshop modules,

TTIP, Anti-Coal Campaigning, Environmental Litigation – how can Chinese and European NGOs collaborate?

Dear colleagues and friends,

on behalf of the Stiftung Asienhaus and Climate Action Network Europe we would like to invite you to the following workshop:

Berlin: How to Collaborate on climate change, social and environmental justice. EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange Capacity Building and Reflection Workshop 2016

Date: 02.11.2016    Time:  09:00 – 16:00

Location: Haus der Deutschen Stiftungen, Mauerstr. 93, Berlin, Germany

Topics: EU Legislation and TTIP Negotiations – Nelly Grotefendt, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (FUE) , Anti-Coal Campaigning on a European Level
Elena Bixel, Climate Action Network Europe and others (see attach)

Date: 03.11.2016    Time:  09:00 – 16:15
Location: Mercator Repräsentanz, Neue Promenade 6, Berlin Germany

Topics:  Circular Economy, Environmental Litigation, Social Integration …..How do civil society organizations campaign in Europe, how can it be compared to campaigning in China’s restricted media landscape? What did the new law that allows environmental NGOs in China to sue polluters really change during the last year? What can German and European EIL NGOs learn from Chinese cases?

We will receive insights on various ideas for sustainable lifestyle campaigns like circular economy models in China and Europe as well as new laws for low carbon solutions. The topics will be discussed with the participants of this year’s Twinning ( and representatives of other NGOs, foundations as well as academics.

We would be happy to welcome you to this event!
Please register with

You can find the agenda here

Dr. Nora Sausmikat, Joanna Klabisch
Stiftung Asienhaus, China Program

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.



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 ( 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