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EU-China Capacity Building Workshop Promotes Chinese and European CSOs Go-global

EU-China Capacity Building Workshop Promotes Chinese and European CSOs Go-global

From the 3th-5th of September CANGO organized the China capacity building workshop in Chengdu co-organizaed by Sichuan Green Foundation. This workshop was kindly supported by Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator and was joined by participants from Romania, UK, Germany, Belgium, Macedonia, France, Hungary, Austria and China.

The purpose of the workshop was for the EU-China Program “Twinning participants” to share their exchange experiences, initiatives and programs on climate change,  environmental and social topics. 39 Experts, scholars, NGO staffs and operators from 10 European organizations and 11 grassroots organizations participated in this workshop. During the opening ceremony on 3rd September 2018, the participants were welcomed by Wang Xiangyi, the Deputy Executive Director from CANGO, Judith Christ, the Senior Project Manager from Robert Bosch Foundation, Zhang Yan, the Project Manager from Stiftung Mercator, Dr. Nora Sausmikat, the Head of China program of Stiftung Asienhaus, Mathias Claeys Bouuaert, the Project Manager from CAN Europe, Mr. Tong Wei, the Division Director from Forestry Department of Sichuan Province and Dr. Ling Lin, the SecretaryGeneral from Sichuan Green Foundation. Zhang Liming, the Director from International Collaboration Division of Forestry Department of Sichuan Province offered a closing speeching on the workshop.

Zhang Xuehua, the 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 practises and analysed their success and challenges for future deplication . Zhang Wen, the Director of Sichuan Ecosystem Monitoring Center, member of Sichuan Expert Guilding Committe of Combating Climate Change introduced the practices of Sichuan forestry carbon sequestration to cope with climate change, Yang Mingming, sustainable rural development practitioner from Chengdu Urban River Association(CURA) introduced the well-known model of sustainability and agricultural efficiency- Peace Dragon Village.

On 4th September, Zhao Daxing, the Executive Director from CANGO, gave a presentation which was about the opportunities and challenge of civil society development under the new NGO Laws, and the requirements for overseas NGOs’ registration in China. He also introduced the programs which have successfully submitted documents by CANGO after the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administrationof Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizationsin the Mainland of China has implemented since 1st, January 2017. Horst Fabian, the former East Asia program Coordinator of CIM/GTZ, independant Chinese researcher, 

shared experience of European NGOs with the INGO law, and the study outcome concerning European NGOs’ registration and submitting the documents. 

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, etc. also shared experience on topics with regard to the climate change and carbon market, bird protection and wetland trust and waste management.

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

Waste management practice visiting tour:  

In the afternoon of 3rd September, after the speech of waste management model from the experience of waste management project, Wei Wei, Project Officier from Chengdu Roots and Shoots introduced the stories from using industrial bucket to convert household waste to compost, adding aerobic composting pool in order to continuously reform technology, and promote community residents to actively participate in waste decentralization practice to achieve community composting.

World Cafe enhances the capacity building and experience sharing among twinning participants

In the morning of the 4th  Mathias Claeys Bouuaert, Project Manager from CAN Europe and Joanna Klabisch, Project Manager from Stiftung Asienhaus presented the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), after which the participants were given examples of the connection between the SDGs and their organizations' current work. The participants were asked to discuss what the linkages between three relevant SDGs is and what the (potential) connections between the linkages and their current work is.

After which they looked at developing projects according to the linkages between SDGs. The idea behind this exercise was to make people understand and think outside of their usual thinking process and have a look at how all the Sustainable Development Goals are linked with each other. Many participants believed the world cafe session for the most useful part of the meeting.