Articles tagged with: Waste Management

EU-China NGO Twinning Workshop 2018 in Chengdu

From 3th-5th of September CANGO, Stiftung Asienhaus and CAN Europe organized the China capacity building workshop in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, together with the local partner and 2018 Twinning participant Sichuan Green Foundation. Participants from Romania, UK, Germany, Belgium, Macedonia, France, and several Chinese provinces joined this event. The workshop was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator.

Participants of the EU-China NGO Twinning Workshop 2018 in Chengdu

The purpose of the workshop is for the EU-China NGO Twinning Program participants to build up capacities, to share their experiences, initiatives, programs, and best practices on climate change, environmental protection, and social topics. 39 scholars, NGO staff from 10 European organizations and 11 Chinese organizations participated in this workshop. During the opening session on 3rd September, the participants were welcomed by Wang Xiangyi, Deputy Executive Director from CANGO, Judith Christ, Senior Project Manager from Robert Bosch Foundation, Zhang Yan, Project Manager from Stiftung Mercator, Dr. Nora Sausmikat, Head of the China program of Stiftung Asienhaus, Mathias Claeys Bouuaert, Project Manager from CAN Europe, Mr. Tong Wei, Division Director from Forestry Department of Sichuan Province and Dr. Ling Lin, Secretary General from Sichuan Green Foundation. Mr. Zhang Liming, Director from the International Collaboration Division of the Forestry Department of Sichuan Province also held a closing speech on the last day of the workshop. Civil Society actors and local government clearly showing that the best way to tackle the social and environmental problems of our times is to join forces.

Zhang Xuehua, Lishui Ecology Environment Institute

Mrs. Zhang Xuehua, Chief Scientist from Lishui Ecology Environment Institute, briefly described the innovative decentralized solid waste management model from the experience of Bengaluru, India, and experiments in Chengdu. During her presentation, she clearly presented the p2 pilot waste segregation practices and analyzed their successes and challenges for future duplication. Mr. Zhang Wen, Director of Sichuan Ecosystem Monitoring Center, Member of Sichuan Expert Guiding Committee of Combating Climate Change introduced the practices of Sichuan forestry carbon sequestration to cope with climate change, Mrs. Yang Mingming, sustainable rural development practitioner from the Chengdu Urban River Association (CURA) introduced the well-known model of sustainability and agricultural efficiency: Peace Dragon Village.

On 4th September, Mr. Zhao Daxing, Executive Director from CANGO, gave a presentation on the opportunities and challenges of civil society development under the new International NGO Law in China. He talked about the requirements for overseas NGOs’ registrations which on one hand encourage NGOs to formalize their cooperation with Chinese partners, while on the other hand, the pose new bureaucratic hurdles to working in China. He also introduced some of the programs, which have successfully received a permit with the aid of CANGO after the implementation of the < Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China> on 1st, Jan 2017. His analysis was followed by an ad hoc report by Judith Christ from the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Judith Christ, Robert Bosch FoundationMrs. Christ explained how the changed legal landscape affects the on-the-ground work of foreign NGOs and Foundations like theirs. Dr. Horst Fabian , former East Asia program coordinator of CIM/GTZ and currently independent China researcher, shared his experiences and some of the Ford Foundation Study results on the European NGOs perspective of the INGO law (click  here for more information). The study presented empirical data on the registration and document submitting procedure. Before the law’s implementation over 7000 international non-governmental organizations worked in China. So far only around 300 have successfully registered. Many more of them work under Temporary Registrations with a duration of 1 year. Finding a Chinese Supervisory Unit and agreeing on common work areas are among the biggest challenges.

Participants from the French Institute of Climate Economy (I4CE), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Shenzhen Mangrove Wetland Protection Foundation (MCF), and the Shenzhen Zero Waste Public Welfare Development Center, along with other Twinners also shared their exchange experiences on topics such as climate change and carbon market, biodiversity protection, wetland trust and waste management…

Participants at the panda breeding station


On 5th September, the twinners and alumni were provided the opportunity for a field trip to Dujiangyan Wild-Research Center (Panda Valley), Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Waste management practice visit


Local Chengdu waste pooling station

After having heard a talk on waste management, the twinners had the chance to visit a local project accompanied by Wei Wei (Twinning Alumni 2016), Project Officer of Chengdu Roots and Shoots. As an example for waste decentralization and community composting she showed participants around a recently developed waste pooling station. At the station, industrial buckets were used to collect and compost biodegradable waste by people living in the area. The compost was then used in community greening projects.

World Café enhances capacity building and experience sharing among Twinners

Participants in an eager discussion…

In the morning of the 4th  Mathias Claeys Bouuaert, Project Manager from CAN Europe and Joanna Klabisch, Project Manager from Stiftung Asienhaus, led a World Café session on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). After a short introduction on what the 17 goals that many nations agreed upon in Paris 2015, the participants were asked to identify the most relevant SDGs for work.

… and sharing a joke

The moderators posed 3 questions leading participants through the interlinkages between the SDGs and the value of a holistic network-based approach on using the goals in their work. In the first round, they had to identify the interlinkages between the SDGs on their chosen work tables. In the second round after a change of tables, they were asked to think about the potential relevance of the interlinkages for their current work. After a final change of tables, the twinners considered the opportunities these links might provide in their future work. The format was generally well received and considered one of the most productive parts of the meeting.

Thus concluded 3 days of intense but productive cooperation in the city of Chengdu.

Wei Wei Roots and Shoots


For more information on the generell topic of communication between China and Europe also in regards to the NGO issue click here.

Diary Entry: Kirsten at the AIFEN office meeting

Kirsten Reinders from Cologne has been staying in Shanghai since the beginning of August. Together with her Chinese twinning partners from ‘Dinghaiqiao’ and AIFEN 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.

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.

Shenzhen Zero Waste Environmental Public Interest Development Center & Energy Justice Association 2018

Shenzhen Zero Waste Environmental Public Interest Development Center (Shenzhen)
Energy Justice Association (Romania)

Displaying municipal waste incineration pollution and its impact on communities

In their program the twinning partners focus on exchanging information about the impact of municipal waste incineration on communities. This information will serve them as relevant data for pollution prevention and zero waste strategies in both China and Romania. They will carve out bad practices to avoid as well as positive solutions to implement on individual and community level, and postulate measures that governments or companies should implement.

Dinghaiqiao Co-operative Society & Büdchen am Nikolausplatz 2018

Dinghaiqiao Co-operative Society (Shanghai)
Büdchen am Nikolausplatz (Germany)

Support of marginalized groups, waste prevention, bringing people together

The focus of their exchange lies in social justice and group building projects on a wide scale. Topics include the victims of urbanization and neoliberalism, as well as closing the gap between different generations. They also deal with waste prevention by exploring a reciprocal way of living and informing the people about little steps to take action.