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05: Gender Equality
Overseas Women Protection Project
The Overseas Women Protection Project, launched by the SRP, is a long-term volunteer project that has vulnerable overseas Chinese women as its main target of assistance. The project takes the problem of domestic violence as its main focus, and it strives to create a global aid network with Belgium as its starting point, to help victims protect their rights and extricate themselves from the predicament. Through the collection and compilation of information and resources, and on the basis of long-term cooperation with a variety of organizations, bodies and expert consultant, the project will provide linguistic, psychological, medical and legal support through various national outlets and establish a safe and convenient online platform where requests for help can be matched.
This project is dedicated to improving the lives of the women in the target group, while stressing their self-empowerment, and realizing a virtuous cycle of mutual support through the community. The project’s pilot scheme started in July 2020 in Belgium, and it is forecasted to cover the 30 countries with most overseas Chinese in the world within two years. By August 2020 the project had 125 participating volunteers, and it had calculated the number of overseas Chinese in different countries, estimated the potential number of help-seekers, and it had set up legal support, medical support, and women’s aid organizations, information on overseas Chinese circles, a databank on asylum networks. It has already provided help to 23 women coming from countries including Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Social Responsibility Practitioners
01: No Poverty
Philippines UMI program
In 2005, Marinduque Province came in third place in a ranking of the regions of the Philippines with the scarcest forest resources made by the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources of the Philippines. In order to tackle deforestation, Marinduque Province started programs of tree planting and a highland development project to implement the National Green Plan and the Community Forest Management Act. In the National Green Plan, the local government approved the rent of 369 acres of land to the United Marinduquenians Inc. (UMI), a local company, in the use of forest recovery. Part of the land will also be used to plant cash crops.
The SPR Philippines Program aims at collaborating with UMI to carry out forest recovery projects, encourage the planting and processing of cash crops and develop the tourist economy. In the meanwhile, by creating new industrial sectors, the SPR Philippines Program will create new job opportunities to benefit and empower the local residents, promote the local sustainable development goals and achieve multi-agent themed networks between China and the Philippines.
Protecting the local environment and ecosystem through planting trees – planting cash crops (mainly cocoa trees) and trees, improving the local living standards – creating employment opportunities through activities such as crop farming and tourist farms and increasing the local income – imparting professional agricultural technologies, improving professional technical skills.
Establishing China-Philippines multi-agent themed networks – including themes such as NGOs in China and the Philippines, the environment for companies, governments and higher education institutions, business and trade, overseas Chinese women (this topic will lay a good foundation for SRP’s protection on overseas Chinese women’s rights programs and other women’s rights-related programs).
Social Responsibility Practitioners
08: Decent Work & Economic Growth
11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Community-participated Ecosystem Protection and Livelihood Improvement: a Contract-led Protection Model
Myanmar is a hotspot for global biodiversity. But recently, Myanmar has suffered from severe environmental damage, especially deforestation. It is estimated that the deforestation rate in Myanmar has reached 1.73%, ranked third place in the list of countries with the highest deforestation rates. Apart from urbanization, need for agricultural development and infrastructure building, reasons for deforestation also include the need of the 70% of the population who live in rural areas for firewood consumption, as well as illegal cutting of timber. Meanwhile, the general capabilities of environmental protection organisations in Myanmar are quite weak, and they lack good problem-solving paradigms when facing issues of deforestation and community development.
Since 2016, the Global Environmental Institute (GEI) has started conducting programmes on ecosystem protection and community development. We have been promoting a contract protection model along with four partner NGOs in Myanmar to carry out community-centred ecosystem protection and human development programmes in areas with rich biodiversity. At the same time, we have been providing trainings for local NGOs in Myanmar, helping them build up higher abilities of organisation and coordination and capabilities to conduct and manage programmes in the contract protection model.
So far, GEI and local NGOs have expanded our programmes to 27 communities. The areas under our protection have reached 70748.1 acres, and over 200,000 residents have been encouraged to participate in our programmes.
15: Life on Land
Kenya Project to Oppose Poaching and Eliminate Wire Nettings
In many places in Africa, wildlife poachers will braid steel cables into snare traps and hide them in the forests, in the meadows, on the treetops (targeting giraffes) or directly spin the steel cables around the trees. When wild animals pass by, some of them may step into these snare traps. They will then get agitated and want to escape, but the harder they try and the more tightly the steel cables will lock them in and eventually cause injuries. These animals are very likely to end up dying due to infections. It is estimated that in Kenya each year there are almost 100 lions dying because of the snare traps, while other animals such as zebras, antelopes, African buffalos and giraffes are also targeted by these traps.
Why do poachers set up these snare traps? Here, we have to talk about the “bushmeat trade”. The bushmeat trade refers to the non-traditional hunting of non-game animals, such as wildlife animals, for meat. Poachers mix up non-game animals’ meat with game animals’ meat and sell the mixed-up meat to make money to live and feed their families. According to a report from a local Kenyan wildlife protection organisation named ANAW, 40% of the meat in in Nairobi’s meat markets is from the bushmeat trade.
Since 2014, China House has collaborated with ANAW to recruit volunteers on a rolling basis. Volunteers go to wildlife habitats near Nairobi, searching for these braided-steel cable traps placed by poachers and removing them, as well as rescuing wild animals harmed by the traps. Each time the searching lasts for a day, and within one day, volunteers are able to remove more than 100 steel traps.
07: Affordable & Clean Energy
08: Decent Work & Economic Growth
Mekong River Sun Village
The Mekong River Sun Village project was jointly developed by the Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation, governments and charities of the Mekong River countries, and the Shenzhen Guangfu company. Focusing on the two UN SDGs of “affordable clean energy” and “decent work and economic growth”, the Foundation is working together with other related parties to address the challenges of insufficient electric power production, lack of power supply facilities and high costs of power usage in remote areas of the Mekong River countries. Through the introduction of creative technological applications with the distribution of photovoltaic power generation as their core, the project provides a solution for increasing the coverage rate of power consumption in the countries in question and improving the livelihoods of the local people in a sustainable fashion.
The initial pilot project has already been smoothly carried out in Cambodia’s Takéo Province, providing 300 solar power facilities to local families and public areas, and reaching 8000 beneficiaries. In March 2019 the memorandum of cooperation for the second phase of the Sun Village project was formally signed, officially kicking off Phase 2.0 of the project.
As well as Cambodia, Myanmar was also included as one of the project countries during the second phase. In July 2019 the Foundation signed a project cooperation agreement with the Duqingji Foundation, guided by the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. In June 2020 the first phase of the “Mekong River Sun Village” project in Myanmar was jointly launched in the country’s Magway Division, with 300 small-scale distributed solar power generators and 1700 solar powered table lamps donated to the families, temples and schools of the villages of Ashay Thiri and Ywar Thit, in the Pakokku District of Magway Division. The benefiting villages announced the establishment of separate management committees, which completed the project’s distribution of goods and trial installations working alongside the project’s initiators from Shenzhen and Myanmar, as well as being responsible for the follow-up logistical management. Apart from this, the project also donated 32 medium-sized distributed solar power generators to support the construction of Myanmar’s community libraries.
Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation
除柬埔寨外，二期将缅甸新增为项目国别，基金会和于2019年7月与缅甸国务资政昂山素季指导下的杜钦季基金会签署项目合作协议，并于2020年6月在缅甸马圭省联合启动“湄公河太阳村”缅甸首期项目，向该省木各具镇下属的Ashay Thiri和 Ywar Thit两个村庄的家庭、寺庙和学校捐赠共300套小型分布式太阳能发电系统和1700盏太阳能台灯。受赠村庄宣布成立各自项目管理委员会，将与深圳、缅甸项目发起方一道完成项目物资分配发放、安装调试，并将负责项目后续运维管理。此外，项目还为支持缅甸社区图书馆建设捐赠了32套中型分布式太阳能发电系统。