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: 

Save the date2018

C20 Final Report – June 2017 throwback

The final report on the 2017 – C20 process under German presidency in Hamburg has been published. Through the connections Stiftung Asienhaus has been able to form by participating in several of the C20 working groups, the 2017 Twinners were invited for the two day civil society summit in Hamburg. The capacity building workshop for the Twinners in Europe therefore was likewise organized in Hamburg.

Our evaluation showed, that while the schedule was challenging, the Twinners were more than happy to be included in such a high level event. Networking with NGOs from all over the world, watching the German chancellor talk to civil society representatives, listening in on workshops across all fields and even presenting in our very own EU-China Twinning workshop were certainly worth the 5 days of constant busy work.

Read the report on the 2017 C20 by VENRO here


Guangzhou Twinner & Alumni meet-up


An interesting development in 2017’s Twinning project was a certain cluster of participants that had formed in southern China, specifically Guangzhou. Therefore it was no real surprise that a semi-spontaneous meet-up was organized in the Guangdong metropolis. Participants included 2016 twinning alumnis, 2017 twinners and the organizers of the Social and Environmental Justice part of the Twinning Program.

The topics among the group ranged from their own fields of work including environmental protection, zero waste, sexual education, cultural heritage preservation, etc. to the intricacies of being a twinner, as well as the follow-up projects that had or might happen through the Robert Bosch Foundation’s support.

An interesting, purely female twinner and alumni group met up and shared their knowledge and experience, formed new connections and as far as we organizers know, have stayed in touch ever since. And who knows what great co-operations might grow out of the roots that formed through the EU-China NGO Twinning Program.

Environmental Public Interest Litigation – an article on IAPS Dialogue

Alba Iranzo Dosdad and Carlota Ruiz-Bautista, environmental lawyers at the International Institute for law & the environment in Madrid, recently published an article on IAPS Dialogue about Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China compared to the EU, reporting about their experience with the exchange program of the China Program, Stiftung Asienhaus.

Environmental Public Interest Litigation: Systems in China and the EU

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International Expert Workshop

From 15 to 16 September 2016 the Ministry of Environment of Republic of Korea (ROK) holds a Workshop on “Toward the Establishment of the UNESCO Global Center for Research and Training on Internationally Designated Areas”. Round about 50 persons discussed core topics like the role and function of such a Center, the major programs and aimed to explore mutual cooperation and to create a network with international organizations. The Wadden Sea Office of WWF Germany, the World Heritage Programm and other international organizations were participant of this workshop.

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.