This full report on the second round of NGO exchange “Twinning: partnerships between Chinese and European NGOs – Investment Monitoring – Sustainable Farming – Waste Management – Emission Trading – Social Innovation” displays the results, synergies, and lessons learned of the second round of EU-China NGO Twinning. It presents the backgrounds and future perspectives of Sino-European civil society exchange and cooperation, and presents the on-site experiences of the Chinese and European NGO staff working on the above mentioned topics.
During Cornelia Kirchner’s stay with their partner organization Bejing Farmer’s Market in Beijing, they were interviewed by German TV channel ARD. Here’s their documentary on food scandals, consumer concerns and the alternatives the Farmer’s Market offers:
Twinning seminar on 22.10.2014, Berlin
On 22nd of October, the seminar “Tackling common issues: Chinese and European NGOs working on bank monitoring, zero-waste, agriculture, chemical safety, climate change, and NGO-training” was organized by the Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with Bread for the World in Berlin.
During this workshop the Chinese and European participants of this year’s second round of NGO Twinning exchange introduced their organizations and common work focus. They also presented the results of their cooperation and reflected on the impact of the exchanges.
On the 20th of October 2014 the Chinese NGO Twinners gathered in a conference room at the newspaper die tageszeitung (taz) to hear presentations on developments and challenges European NGO’s are confronted with. Providing the participating organizations with information on environmental and social topics in the respective other region is one of the main goals of the EU-China NGO Twinning.
From the 22nd to the 26th of September, the European NGO twinners of 2014 were holding four special public sharing events in Beijing to share their experiences of EU-China NGO cooperation with the Chinese public. The topics were “Participatory Guarantee Systems for organic agriculture”, “Waste pollution and the European civil society’s participation on local waste incineration” and “Social Innovation and Pro Bono Model in Europe and in China”. A short description can be found in the attached document.
Cornelia Kirchner, IFOAM’s Value Chain Coordinator and expert on Participatory Guarantee Systems was staying with their partner organization Beijing Farmer’s market for the whole of September 2014. Here’s what she did there:
10 days have passed since I arrived in Beijing on 3rd September to start my twinning experience at Beijing Farmers Market (BFM). Being busy from day one, time has flown by fast. During the first 4 days in Beijing, several events and networking opportunities were set-up by my Chinese host on top of the regular markets activities.
The events included a lecture on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) with guests from Europe and meeting with a group of farmers and consumers from the Farmers Market in Xi’an who came to study the model of BFM to learn and get inspiration for their own work.Participation in a wine tasting event allowed to me to spend a whole evening of exchange and discussion on future cooperation with interesting Beijing NGO people.
After this I departed on a 3-day farm trip together with farmers and consumers from BFM to Hebei Province. The trip allowed me to get an insight in the harsh conditions of farmers working on the Mongolian Plateau and to get a grasp of the commitment and energy of the people involved in the network.
Overall I have been impressed about the vibration around the market. There seems to be always something going on.
The next week we will visit of a farm close to Beijing, and I will give a lecture during a 4-day workshop on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) with participants from several regions in China and the following days a public lecture on PGS at the Sunday Beijing Farmers Market.
This years participant in the EU-China NGO twinning wins the “Asian Nobel” award. The Center for Legal Assistance for Pollution Victims and its founder Wang Canfa put their efforts into offering legal advice and training for attorneys fighting against environmental pollution. The Ramon Magsaysay award is named after a former president of the Philippines who died in a plane crash in 1957. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1563743/journalist-hu-shuli-and-environment-lawyer-win-asias-nobel-ramon
For the second year the German Stiftung Asienhaus supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung organizes the exchange program EU-China NGO Twinning.“We are happy to work with Stiftung Asienhaus on this very timely initiative”, says Christian Hänel, Head of Department International Relations America and Asia at Robert Bosch Stiftung. The selection committee decided for the following seven Twinners:
- Arnika Association, Czech Republic & The Nature University Fund, Beijing,Exchange topic: Chemical safety, industrial pollution, chemicals in products
- CEE Bankwatch, Czech Republic & Global Environmental Institute, Beijing,Exchange Topic: Monitoring Chinese investments in Europe
- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Germany & Beijing Farmers’ Market, Beijing,Exchange topic: Participatory Guarantee Systems
- Let’s Do It, Estonia & Wuhu Ecology Center, Anhui Province,Exchange topic: Waste management issues
- Pro Bono Lab, France & Beijing Huizeren Volunteering Development Center Exchange topic: Social Innovation and Probono Model
- Sandbag, UK & Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV), Beijing,Exchange topic: Emission trading schemes/carbon markets
- Save-Our-Seeds, Germany & Pesticide Eco-Alternatives Center, Yunnan Province,Exchange topic: Small-scale farming.
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