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.

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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:


Must read – NGO-Partnerschaften in China

Das Medienbüro Düsseldorf Beijing berichtet in seinem Newsletter über den Jahresbericht 2016 unseres NGO Twinning Programms.

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.

EU – China Twinning Program 2017 – A Twinning Diary

A Twinning Diary by Wang Han (Green Women, Shanghai) and Johanna Eichermüller (WECF, Munich)

This “Twinning Diary” is compiled by Han and Johanna. Hereby, we wanted to document our common journey through Europe (and later on through China), visiting conferences, events, partner organizations and project sites. We included little stories and of course many pictures.

To read the full diary please click here 




“The Mudflat is Connecting Worlds ” – twinners in the news

Our Twinners made the news

Under the title “The Mudflat is Connecting Worlds” two of the twinners 2017, Anja Szczesinski from WWF and Vivian Fu from Hong Kong Birdwatch Society, appeared in the July 14 issue of the Husumer News. In the article, Vivian and Anja reflect on their experiences made during the EU-China Twinning workshop, which took place in Hamburg this year. As it turns out, even though their workplaces lay almost 8000 km apart, the North Frisian mudflat and China’s yellow sea have a lot in common. Likewise, Anja and Vivian were excited about how much they could learn from each other, for instance in the field of bird census. Together, they are looking forward to a cooperative future and the next Twinning workshop, which will take place a few week from now, but this time in Sanya, China.

Please click here for the article.

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.

EU-China NGO Twinning at the C20

As part of this year’s capacity building workshop, the 2017 twinners joined the over 300 international NGOs meeting at the C20 in Hamburg. Representatives of civil society organizations have been meeting and working on the demands to the G20 leaders which have been handed over in form of a communiqé to Chancellor Merkel on Monday 19th.

The Twinning organized one of many workshops during the C20, talking about Gender and Community based approaches to participatory water and energy management as well as investment and urban development plans along the Belt Road Initiative.

NDR report on C20 here

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,