Keyword: Environment

Researchers from Harvard publish report on China’s top 100 philanthropists

Researchers at Harvard have mapped the philanthropic activities of mainland China’s top 100 largest donors in 2015, examining their identity, their fortune, what sectors they work in, what causes their donation and which areas of the country benefit from their giving.

The Supreme People’s Court validates environment lawsuit

In a landmark ruling, China’s Supreme People’s Court has confirmed a sentence fining a company for polluting water resources in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. From 2011 to 2013, six companies that make chemical products in the Taixing economical development zone, including the Changlong and Jinhui Companies, poured more than 20 thousand tons of acid waste into the Rutai Canal and the Guma River in Taizhou through illegal companies operating without hazardous waste disposal qualifications, causing serious pollution to the local water resources. This incident was exposed by the media in 2012, and the 14 people involved were given sentences ranging from 2 to 5 years in prison in 2014. Later on, the …read more

A lawsuit on air pollution put on record in Shandong

Friends of Nature (FON) filed a lawsuit for air pollution against the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited on the 19th of January. The lawsuit was put on record in the Intermediate People’s Court of Dongying city, Shandong Province, following the Civil Procedure Law, the new Environmental Protection Law and the Law on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution which only came into effect this year. FON learned from public reports that the emissions of air pollutants by the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited continually exceeded the standards, and its air pollution improvement facilities were continually used in an abnormal way. Furthermore, the Corporation’s online monitoring equipment was not reliable and would …read more

The revised draft of the Wildlife Protection Law released online for public consultation

The revised draft of the Wildlife Protection Law was released online for public consultation on the 26th of December 2015. It is the first time in 26 years that the law is revised, since it was released in 1989. The public can submit their advice online (www.npc.gov.cn) or send their advice to the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of the NPC (address: No.1 Qian Men West Street, Xicheng District). The deadline for the consultation is the 29th of January 2016. The revised draft makes a clear statement for the first time that wildlife’s habitats should be protected and the related department should assess and adjust the list of …read more

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

Fifteen NGOs that conduct climate change related work in China delivered a joint statement on December 13 in response to the newly reached Paris Agreement. The statement described the agreement as a significant milestone and a bridge between developed and developing countries as well as between the old and the new climate orders. The NGOs praised China’s vital contribution in achieving the agreement. They suggested that active controls on coal, renewable energy promotion, and nationwide carbon emission restrictions should be incorporated into the 13th five-year plan (social and economic blueprint for 2016 to 2020). The NGOs are optimistic that the tolerance and openness of the Paris Agreement will translate into …read more

Report on the Development of Chinese Ocean Conservancy NGOs (2015) available online

Report on the Development of Chinese Ocean Conservancy NGOs (2015) available online

  A Report on the Development of the Chinese Ocean Conservancy NGOs (2015) was released during the closing ceremony of the first China Ocean Philanthropy Forum. The report constitutes the first research on this topic. It was jointly conducted by the Heyi Institute (合一绿学院), the Shanghai Rendu Ocean NGO Development Center (上海仁渡海洋公益发展中心), and the China Blue Sustainability Institute (智渔生态环境研究中心) as independent third party observers. Its aim is to help ocean conservancy NGOs in China understand the status quo, learn from each other, improve their expertise, promote communication and networking within the environmental protection sector, and provide better services to adress ocean-related issues in China. Employing quantitative methods, with online questionnaires collected from 29 Chinese ocean conservancy …read more

China Daily: 20 Chinese NGOs submit position statement to UNFCCC secretariat

China Daily: 20 Chinese NGOs submit position statement to UNFCCC secretariat

Dr. Huang Haoming, secretary general of the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), submitted a position statement signed by 20 Chinese NGOs to the UNFCCC secretariat on the 3rd of December. The statement calls for attention to be paid to Chinese NGOs on the issue of climate change. Its submission highlights the active participation of Chinese NGOs in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21/CMP 11). All of the 20 NGOs involved are members of the China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN). CCAN was established in 2007, and cooperates with the Climate Action Network International as an independent Chinese network. The statement includes nine points, including a call for …read more

Green NGOs win first lawsuit since the new environmental law took effect

The Nanping Intermediate People’s Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on October 29 in the first ever environmental litigation since China’s revised Environmental Protection Law took effect on January 1st, 2015. The lawsuit, brought by Friends of Nature and Green Home of Fujian (福建绿家园) earlier this year, was against four men for environmental damages in Nanping, Fujian Province. The defendants,charged with damaging forestry land, were ordered to pay 1.27 million yuan to restore the land within a limited time. They will face another fine of 1.1 million yuan if they fail to carry out the restoration work in time, according to the sentence. This case has played an exemplary role in getting compensation …read more

The 2012 APP Internship Program Controversy

The 2012 APP Internship Program Controversy

The tenth case study in CDB’s 2015 report on business-NGO relations in China discusses the 2012 controversy over NGOs working with the company APP, who were accused of forest destruction.

China Daily: CANGO sets up program to combat climate change

China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) has started an education program to raise awareness of environmental protection and climate change among students in China. As reported by China Daily Europe, from December 2012 to August 2015, CANGO has trained 810 teachers from 449 selected middle schools from both metropolises and rural areas across five provinces of China. These middle schools are mostly recruited from CANGO’s NGO network. According to Huang Haoming, the secretary-general of CANGO, German organization Brot Fuer Die Welt, or Bread for the World provided funding for this program. As part of the program, CANGO has also organized a national design competition for middle school students with the theme …read more

“Mobile network and environmental protection” project launched in Beijing

On September 21th, the Alliance of Environmental Protection Makers (环保创客联盟) was launched in Beijing by China Environmental Protection Education, Environmental Development Centre of Ministry of Environmental Protection, Southern China Cluster of State Environment Service Industry, and the Foshan Carbon Unicom Technology Company (佛山市碳联科技有限公司). The project is the first “mobile network and environmental protection” project in China’s public welfare sector. It provides young talents who are dedicated to environmental protection with financial support, and cutting-edge technology and service models as well as a platform for creative and entrepreneurial innovation. The selected environmental makers will carry out activities such as conducting environmental protection campaigns in communities, schools and shopping malls, recycling solid waste …read more

“One Belt and One Road

“One Belt and One Road” Philanthropic Journey launched in Beijing

On September 9th, the launch ceremony of the philanthropic journey, named “One Belt and One Road – explore the source of sand desertification” (“一带一路土地荒漠化沙源探寻”公益之旅), was held in Beijing. The event was founded by Beijing Youth Daily under the guidance of State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China and China Green Foundation. Chen Peng, China Green Foundation’s Deputy Secretary General, presented the flag to Zhang Yanpi, Director of Beijing Youth Daily on behalf of China Green Foundation. The event aims to present the achievements of environment work in western China and encourage active participation from the public welfare sector in environmental protection. Ma Shuai, the person in charge of the …read more

China CSR Annual Meeting held in Beijing

For NGOs to carry out a program successfully, they must learn how to utilize modern business techniques.

Green Future: China’s “first environmental project fundraising platform”

According to the Beijing Daily, on June 5th China’s “first public fundraising platform for environmental projects” – named “Green Future” (绿色未来) – went online. The China Environmental Culture Promotion Association (CECPA) and Shanghai GM are co-sponsoring the platform. Green Future is aimed at promoting environmental projects and raising awareness about environmental issues. The Beijing Daily writes that as a professional public fundraising platform for environmental projects, Green Future enables environmental projects to attract funding at a national level. According to the article it will increase the Chinese public’s participation rate in environment-related events, raise public awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable lifestyles. There are already quite a few projects listed on the platform such as …read more

Wu Jinglian: to solve environmental issues, China needs to change its development pattern

On June 5th, World Environment Day, the 6th annual SEE Ecology Awards (SEE生态奖) was held in Beijing. Award recipients included Chai Jing, the Environmental Protection Education Center of Shandong (山东省环境保护宣传教育中心), and Friends of Nature. Awards were granted to individuals and organizations that have recently taken actions to make a positive environmental change. Famous Chinese economist, Wu Jinglian, was also present at the Awards. He gave a short speech at the event that made some suggestions about what China and the public can do to help deal with environmental problems. He stated in his speech that the environmental issues that China is facing right now are closely related to China’s growing pattern and economic developing models. …read more

Draft ‘Measures for Public Participation in Environmental Protection’ released to solicit public opinion

As China’s air pollution continues to worsen, the “Measures for Public Participation in Environmental Protection (Provisional)” (Opinion-soliciting Draft), released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection on April 13, has become a center of public attention. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the draft was put forward to implement the provisions of the revised “Environmental Protection Law” special chapter on information disclosure and public participation, and to advance the orderly development of public participation. The draft is the first comprehensive document on public participation released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. It emphasizes the role of environmental departments in environmental protection activities, and places great importance on public hearings before making …read more

China’s pollution hotline received more than a hundred complaints in November

There were 141 complaints filed in November, 2014 via the tip-off hotline 12369, 114 of which were verified, said China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in a circular Wednesday. According to the ministry’s tally, the chemical industry received the most complaints of any sector, 39 tip-offs in total. It was followed by manufacturing and processing with 24 tip-offs and non-metal mineral product with 19 tip-offs. The four provinces received the most complaints were: Hubei(16), Guangdong(14), Shangdong(13), Henan(13). Air pollution was the number one cause of complaints, followed by sound and water pollution. Even though all the verified cases have been dealt with by local departments of environmental protection according to …read more

Sina Weibo's 2015

Sina Weibo’s 2015 “Attitudes Towards Environmental Issues” online survey

Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service often compared to Twitter, recently published the results of a March 2015 online survey about Chinese attitudes towards environmental issues (中国网民环保态度调查). The survey began with initiatives mobilizing Weibo users to participate in small environmental actions and expressing opinions about environmental protection. Approximately 6.6 million people took part in these initiatives in one way or another, and 2.7 million yuan was raised for environmental causes. To view the whole survey, please visit Weibo’s special account for charities “微公益” here (you need to have a weibo account) Below we have attached an infographic that summarizes the results of the survey: