Follow-up projects

It is astounding even to us to witness how broad and tightly tight the EU-China NGO networks have been spun, both during the exchange and beyond.

The Capacity Building workshop for all participating fellows held at the initiation of the program serves not only as a strong starting base but also a real networking hub that provided extensive cross-fertilization. Contacts were made, topical networks and expertise readily shared.

The Twinning alumni network is also a growing source for specific background information and new collaborations.As of now, we know of several collaboration initiatives undertaken by the Twinning alumni.

To foster future joint cooperation, the Robert Bosch Foundation will kindly support specific follow-up projects, chosen from alumni applications.  This is the very promising starting base for a Sino-European civil society network.



Urban solid waste policy: A comparison between Capannori and Beijing

Zero Waste Italy & Friends of Nature

Twinners Marta Ferri and Lin Youzhu

Twinners Marta Ferri and Lin Youzhu

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.



International Coastal Cleanups

Marine Conservation Society (UK) & Shanghai Rendu Ocean Development Center

Beach Cleanup -Laura and the Shanghai Rendu Team

Beach Cleanup in Shanghai with Laura Foster (Marine Conservation Society) and the Shanghai Rendu team

MCS and Shanghai Rendu both focus on reducing the increasing pollution in our oceans. Continuing their cooperation in this area, the organizations will arrange several beach clean-ups, both in the UK and China.The clean-ups will be publicized online and through flyers. Instructors specializing in international coastal cleanup methods will accompany volunteers, record the results of the actions and encourage networking.

They will also use social media to share their experiences, the results of the clean-ups and the impact pollution has on beaches and marine wildlife.




Non-Formal education theatre festival and exhibition 2016

A tiptap e.V. (Berlin) & FCASEC (Romania) & Evergreen Centre (Beijing)

Forum Theatre

Forum Theatre in Beijing community

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.


Zero Waste Festival in France

Zero Waste France &  AIFEN (Shanghai)

Impressions of the Zero Waste Festival in France

Impressionsof the Zero Waste Festival in France

Zero Waste France is organizing a Zero Waste Festival, a music festival that will raise awareness of waste production through its Zero Waste agenda. AIFEN will take part in all stages of the festival, from organization to implementation.There will be a special part of this festival dedicated to international partnerships during which Twinning partners will share their experience with and strategies for international cooperation and the propagation of the Zero Waste movement.

More information on the Zero Waste Festival




Transitioning from high to low pesticide-use in a Heinigou farming community

Save our Seeds (Germany) & Pesticide Eco-Alternatives Center (Kunming)

Reducing the use of pesticides in Heininggou Farmer Shaolan Zhang

Reducing the use of pesticides in Heininggou Farmer Shaolan Zhang

Within the framework of the international 2000m2 Project established by the Foundation on Future Farming (FFF) and following the 2015 Twinning exchange, PEAC joined the initiative to assist the village of Heinigou in reducing its pesticide use.The follow-up project will continue to support this development by organizing training sessions and exchanges among farmers, as well as by promoting the development of organic farmers’ cooperatives to support the market for eco-products.

FFF and PEAC are working on three reports with accompanying photo material to monitor the changes resulting from low-pesticide farming procedures. The reports will be published in English and Chinese and accompanied by a short video statement given by one of the participating farmers. The video will be posted as a teaser for the project on the organizations’ websites.



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.

Download the Egg Report here

Joint papers on transport electrification and on the environmental impact of the Brexit

Rock Environment and Energy Institute (Beijing) & Change Partnership (UK)

REEI and Change Partnership have kept in touch after the exchange by collaborating on writing a joint paper on transport electrification.Also, they exchanged ideas on the impact of Brexit on the UK’s environmental and energy policies, contributing to a paper series analyzing the Brexit issue.

The participants see the exchange as marking the beginning of long-term communication and cooperation between the two Twinning fellows and their respective organizations. They are currently in close contact about new developments and expect to continue to do so in the future.



Chongqing pilot project for developing a low carbon campus evaluation index

Innovative Green Development Program (Beijing) &  Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany)

After the exchange program, the participating organizations began to cooperate on a “ Chongqing pilot project for developing a low carbon campus evaluation index”. As a starting point, this study will clarify key points in controlling greenhouse gas emissions in order to build a low carbon campus construction and evaluation system. In addition to the necessary hardware for a Low Carbon Campus, society will also play a key role in the low carbon transformation. On campus, providing low carbon education can help students integrate their life and work into the low carbon system and enhance their overall low carbon literacy. Ultimately, this will help control on-campus greenhouse gas emissions, enhance low carbon awareness and literacy among citizens and  promote the goal of creating synergies between universities and society as a whole to achieve a low carbon transformation.The research results of the project will provide a decision-making basis and reference for creating local level planning regulations and technical guidelines in Chongqing. The transnational nature of this research project will help foster innovation.





International youth network on climate change

CYCAN (Beijing) & BUNDJugend Berlin (Germany)

Twinners Rebecca Freitag (BUNDjugend) and Zheng Xiaowen (CYCAN)

Twinners Rebecca Freitag (BUNDjugend) and Zheng Xiaowen (CYCAN)

CYCAN & BUNDJugend Berlin see this twinning program as the beginning of further cooperation. CYCAN is building a domestic and an international youth network on climate change, a project BUNDJugend will also be involved in.After the exchange, their team in Berlin became very interested in China’s development and its environmental policies, becoming more open-minded.

The two organizations are also planning to do a youth exchange between Berlin and Beijing for young environmental activists. Planning for this project began during the NGO exchange.