Diary Entry: Kirsten at the Dinghaiqiao office meeting

Kirsten Reinders from Cologne has been staying in Shanghai since the beginning of August. Together with her Chinese twinning partners from ‘Dinghaiqiao’ she discusses waste reduction and waste separation, comparing Chinese and German strategies. Kirsten’s ‘Büdchen am Nikolausplatz’ seems to be a kiosk on the outside, but actually is a lot more. She and her colleagues organize multiple cultural events such as concerts, readings and exhibitions. At the same time they provide information on waste reduction in everyday life. That’s also what the Dinghaiqiao Community Center is doing right now on a more fundamental level. While waste separation is quite widespread in Germany already, Dinghaiqiao wants to draw attention to it in China. Read what the two twinners talked about in detail in this short diary entry:

Yesterday I’ve had the chance to present our work of the ’Büdchen am Nikolausplatz’ to the colleagues of Xiaolu (Aifen) in their meeting room. They were especially interested in our Recup system, a deposit system that we use for a more sustainable coffee to go. Also, I could inform them on how we in Germany organize the deposit system for plastic bottles. Since they are working very hard on the education of the residents of Shanghai in waste classification, they were very much interested in how this worked in Germany. I could give them a brief overview and also shared my own experiences when the Dual system was established in Germany and the resistance it faced at the beginning.

Theater and LGBT Workshop in Chengdu

Our twinner from the Netherlands, Els Schutmann (Forum Theater Enschede) only got to China recently – and already co-organized a workshop together with her Chinese partner Qian Li (Chengdu Storyteller). Alongside the participants of the workshop, most of whom work voluntarily with children, Els wanted to establish an environment of creativity, in which the young adults could play, observe and also learn from and with each other.

Therefor she introduced several games and plots that are popular methods for the work with children. To learn more about the recent workshop, also check out the website of the Chengdu Storyteller here.

Envirofriends & European Environmental Bureau 2018

Envirofriends (Beijing)
European Environmental Bureau (Belgium)

Industrial activities & the practical influence of environmental laws

Through their exchange the twinning organizations are going to learn more about industrial activities and their impact on the environment in Europe and China and how the laws work to regulate certain activities. They are also interested in working together with industry to improve the environmental performance of facilities as well as strategic litigation to protect the environment. In order to do so, they will spend time at a Chinese chemical plant as well as in EU-related networks.

Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology and Institute for Climate Economics – I4CE 2018

Chengdu Roots & Shoots (Chengdu)
Zöld Kör / Green Circle (Hungary)

Understanding how companies are taking action to reduce their greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, increase their resilience to both climate change and transition risks, and identifying areas for improvement by putting in perspective the experiences of China and the EU

In their partnership, I4CE and SEE are going to share knowledge and expertise on the climate regulatory framework for companies in the EU and in China concerning standards and regulations, climate disclosure requirements and other climate policies, as well as on climate-related initiatives by companies in China and in the EU which go beyond regulations. They are also going to identify ways to facilitate the integration of climate within companies’ strategies and to spread voluntary climate-friendly practices among businesses.

Chengdu Roots & Shoots & Zöld Kör / Green Circle 2018

Chengdu Roots & Shoots (Chengdu)
Zöld Kör / Green Circle (Hungary)

Comparing different systems of waste management, raising people’s awareness and advocate green policies

In this exchange program, the organizations will compare and analyze their different systems of waste management. Furthermore they will work with local communities and jointly start programs of environmental education for school and the public. In order to learn more about waste management in practice,  they are searching for dialogue with local people.

Shanghai International Shipping Institute & European Federation of Transport & Environment 2018

Shanghai International Shipping Institute (Shanghai)
European Federation of Transport & Environment (Belgium)

Air pollution from shipping, decarbonisation of shipping

The shared goal of the twinners is to reduce environmental, human health and climate impact of ship sourced emissions, notably CO2, CH4, SOx, NOx, PM and BC. In order to achieve this, both of them will offer extended access to each other’s network by organizing bilateral meetings. While SISI will mainly take advantage of its network of influential institutes around Shanghai, T&E will facilitate the understanding of SISI in the key regulatory areas of the EU.

Sichuan Green Foundation & Go Green 2018

Sichuan Green Foundation (Sichuan)
Go Green (Macedonia)

China’s national carbon market, low carbon in cities, sustainable forest management, community-based projected area management

One major part of this project is to launch workshops related to China’s national carbon market in order to learn from each other’s practices on carbon footprint and compensation measures (SROI/CSR) and the advocacy work. The twinning organizations also look forward to cooperate in the Chengdu pilot project of low-carbon cities, as well as in the field of sustainable forest management in order to establish carbon sinks. Another common area is community-based protected area management, e.g. in context of resource management.

Shenzhen Mangrove Conservation Foundation & The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust 2018

Shenzhen Mangrove Conservation Foundation (Shenzhen)
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (UK)

Wetland center management and environmental education promotion for wetland conservation

The main objective of the exchange is to exchange good practice in wetland center operation and promote the Wetland Link International(WLI) network for global wetland conservation for people and wildlife, particularly in a Chinese context. The exchange provides on-site nature maintenance and management experience, networking opportunities and develops ideas for joint working between wetland centres. The whole process contributes to better understanding of how the wetland centre model, wetland ecosystem conservation and services can work together for a sustainable future.

Laotu & Naturland 2018

Laotu (Shenzhen)
Naturland (Germany)

Advancing sustainable agriculture by supporting farmers and educating consumers

The exchange will focus on getting to know each other’s work, exchanging best practices and potentially creating a network for further cooperation. Their goal is to support farmers and processors through policy work or providing marketing channels, as well as to connect the general public to the values of sustainable agriculture.

Anhui Hefei Qingwei Health Center & Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V. 2018

Anhui Hefei Qingwei Health Center (Anhui)
Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V. (Germany)

HIV prevention and control, focused on young people

The focus of their exchange lies on learning new approaches, aims and projects in the field of HIV-prevention and control. In China, AIDS infections are in a stage of growth, especially among gay people. From a perspective of Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe the exploration of pre-exposition prophylaxes (PrEP) is of special interest, as the strategy is way more common in China as in Germany.