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Front Line NGOs in China: Challenges and Success Stories

holly Front Line NGOs in China: Challenges and Success Stories

Golden Bridges is dedicated to building sustainable capacity of China’s NGO sector. The society’s needs are not always fully addressed by the government nor the private sector so the “civil society” requires people and community based efforts to focus on a broad range of human needs. Holly talks about challenges faced by front line NGOs in China, including competition from the government and an unclear and undeveloped legal system.

Social Entrepreneurship in China: Main Trends and Startup Advice

Hladin Social Entrepreneurship in China: Main Trends and Startup Advice

Mihela and Chris discuss current and future social entrepreneurship trends in China. Much like the development of internet usage in China, concepts like sustainable development and social entrepreneurship were relatively unknown 5 years ago, but thanks to efforts by major celebrities and grassroots NGOs, awareness is growing steadily and quickly. Mihela and Chris argue that social entrepreneurship is a method to contribute to positive social change in China.

Solutions for China's Water Crisis

Hardiman Solutions for China's Water Crisis

Thirty of China’s thirty-two largest cities and four hundred of its six hundred largest municipalities face serious water shortages and deterioration of water quality. In order to produce one unit of GDP, China uses seven to fifteen times more water than OECD countries.  Water prices in China do not reflect the reality of supply and demand.  China’s average water price is 70% to 80% below water prices in countries with no water shortage.

Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation From the Loess Plateau

John D Liu Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation From the Loess Plateau

The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) documented a decade long World Bank project located in the north central China Loess Plateau, which dramatically and successfully transformed an area larger than Belgium from a totally devastated wasteland into a fully functional eco-system. This experience is now being transferred from China to successful national and local efforts in Africa in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The UNEP and other organizations are cooperating to share this knowledge globally.

China is Trying Hard to be a Positive Environmental Example to Other Countries

Wu Changhua China is Trying Hard to be a Positive Environmental Example to Other Countries

Ms. Wu talks about China’s strategy to balance economic growth with sustainable development.  As the world’s most populous country and foremost exporter, China faces a difficult challenge to prevent its economic miracle from turning into an environmental tragedy. She emphasizes China’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions, and its success in keeping a rather ambitious schedule in switching to alternative energy.  In this way, the giant of the east sets an example for other countries around the world.

Eco-nomics and the Permaculture Movement in Taiwan

Tammy Turner Eco-nomics and the Permaculture Movement in Taiwan

In China many people share the incorrect belief that more development must mean less nature.  Tammy Turner suggests that Taiwan’s experience is a good reference, since an increasing number of people are leading both prosperous and eco-friendly lives through Permaculture. This type of environmental economics is not a zero-sum game.

Opportunities in the Water Management and Treatment Industry in China

Hardiman Opportunities in the Water Management and Treatment Industry in China

There is a popular myth that China does not have enough water to satisfy the needs of its own population and industry.  Professor Hardiman exposes the truth behind water shortage, that inefficient infrastructure and failed water-education and management result in a culture of wastefulness.  Solving this dilemma is represents a lucrative opportunity for companies, and a brighter future for China.

Challenges and Opportunities in China's Green Building Market

Magali Menant Challenges and Opportunities in China's Green Building Market

Ms. Menant talks about the current state and future challenges and opportunities in China’s green building market. While the real estate sector has experienced sustained growth, fueled by government incentives and more stringent energy efficiency regulations, the market is still far from mature. A need exists for government legislation and incentive schemes that balance the interests of local communities, building users, developers and operators alike.

Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation: Part 4

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The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) documented a decade long World Bank project located in the north central China Loess Plateau, which dramatically and successfully transformed an area larger than Belgium from a totally devastated wasteland into a fully functional eco-system. This experience is now being transferred from China to successful national and local efforts in Africa in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The UNEP and other organizations are cooperating to share this knowledge globally.

Lessons on Ecological Rehabilitation: Part 3

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The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) documented a decade long World Bank project located in the north central China Loess Plateau, which dramatically and successfully transformed an area larger than Belgium from a totally devastated wasteland into a fully functional eco-system. This experience is now being transferred from China to successful national and local efforts in Africa in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The UNEP and other organizations are cooperating to share this knowledge globally.

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