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2016 EU-China NGO Twinning Program Capacity and Experience Sharing Workshop Held in Changsha

From August 18-21, 2016, China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), Stiftung Asienhaus and CANEurope jointly organizeda 4-day workshop on capacity and experience sharing among European and Chinese NGOs. This workshop was co-organized by P8, a social enterprise working on testing, prototyping and scaling up sustainable future communities, andheld in marketing building of BROAD Group in Changsha. More than 50representatives from China, Germany, Brussel, Latvia, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Francehave engaged in capacity and experience sharing.
The workshop consists of 3day intense discussion and half day field trip, the first day was aboutopening ceremony and key note speech, with the thematic topic on civil society development policy, civil society advocacy experience and SDG influence on environmental and social urbanization effects; the second day wasdesignedforthe panel discussion and organic farming visiting tour; the third day wasfor the preparation meeting for Chinese twinners and keynote speech of Dr.Rajendra K. Pachauri;On fourth day, participants went on a fieldtriptothe drinking water source area led by Green Hunan.
On 18th August, Mr. Huang Haoming, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of CANGO and Dr. Nora Sausmikat, the head of program at StiftungAsienhaus respectively made an opening speech. Both of them expressed their wish to enhance fruitful cooperation of the civil societies between EU and China.
Mr. Zhang Yue, from 2011 UNEP Champions of the Earth, President of BROAD Group, hasgreeted its welcome to NGO fellows. Broad Group specializes in production actively promoting building thermal insulation to reduce the excessive energy and advanced smart policies and technologies to cut global emissions and accelerate a clean revolution. Zhang Yue said, we will face an uphill struggle against climate change in building sector, as total worldwide carbon emissions in 2015 are 60 times higher than in 19th century and 15 times higher than in the beginning of 20th century.50% of the energy consumption in China is coming from building sector.
Then Keynote speakerMr. Huang Haominghas addressed Chinese political structure and the challenges of civil society development under the new laws (<Charity Law> and <China’s Law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs Within Mainland China> in Chinese and in EU perspective. According to Mr. Huang Haoming, the “new laws”)has stipulated the registration and recognition process, improved the quality of public fundraising and regulated the activities, thus civil society should make effort to increase the specialization and governance.Without good inner governance we can’t provide anything to the public.Dr.FabianHorst, independent consultant, made in-depth comments, he thoughtEU-China civil society should cooperate to shape joint initiatives under the implementation of the new law.
Ms. Guo Ting, Deputy Editor of China Development Brief, later on, reflected on the cooperation situation between merchandise and public welfare sectors through givingherspeechabout debate on marketization of public welfare sectors.Mr. Li Hailong, Deputy Director of Center for Eco-city Planning and Construction of Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS), gave his informative sharing about Chinese urbanization under the framework of SDG. In followinggroup discussion, representatives identified a variety of problems and solutions during the process of urbanization undersustainable development goals.
The full-day intense discussion on 19th Augustconsistedof different issues concerning sustainable living, sustainable communities, inclusive education and climate change and litigation. Moving from challenges to solutions in different panel discussion, a wide range of current projects and proposal were heard by twinners. They all felt excited to discuss in the cross-culture about the common challenges. ZandaSkuja, from a Latvia NGO called Green Liberty, said, “development means change in a positive way and should make people feel satisfied about what theyalready have.”Her organization is promoting the sustainable lifestyle through inspiring people to buy products with fair trade label and pilot recycle scheme to reward the citizens who practice their garbage sorting.
Workshop on 20th Augustwas the preparation meeting for Chinese twinners. 3 Chinese “alumni” from year 2014 and 2015shared their twinning experience, challenges, works and tips regarding their exchanging area while European fellows visited natural dye event and made their own DIY hand chiefs. Dr.Rajendra K. Pachauri, former Chairman of IPCC, Nobel Peace Prize winner, delivered keynote speech about IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and climate change in China. He said the human influence on the climate system wasclear, which gave the biggest flaw of world economic growth. Regarding the long-term climate change impact, investment to Fossil Fuel Company should be diversified. He also launched Protect Our Planet, givinghigh value for this cooperating partnership to transmit the climate change research results to people. He believed climate change neededto be addressed with sensible and inspiring actions by the youth, through knowledge inspired action also lies with the youth to pave way for a sustainable future. The main actionsare to link all the youth associations, organizations, and most importantly each young individual, and provide them a platform where they can share their action oriented efforts to integrate activities, mobilize collective efforts and utilize knowledge to 'act' and 'share' what they are doing to address the threat of climate change.
On 21st, August, participants went ona field trip to the drinking water source area alongside Xiang river near Juzizhou led by Green Hunan.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with single step.  Changsha workshop is the start of exchanging journey for 2016 EU-China NGO twinners. During the exchange period, twinners will share experience, visit organizations, co-organize workshops and join relative international conference on topics of common concern. Mutual experience learning willlay a good foundation forboth twinning organizations to establish long-term partnership. At the same time, it has played a positive role in promoting the interactionbetween European and Chinese individuals, NGOs, and all sectors of the community as well as the friendship between European and Chinese peoples.


About 2016 EU-China NGO Twinning Program
2016 EU-China NGO Twinnning Program funded by Stiftung Mercator and Robert Bosch Stiftung, implemented by Stiftung Asienhaus, CAN Europeand CANGO. 26 employees fromChinese and European organizations will take part in this programme. Theprogramme will offer NGO staff from Europe and China the opportunity tospend a four- to eight-week placement in a Chinese or European organizationand to further develop their own areas of expertise. The goal is to strengthenrelations between European and Chinese NGOs in the fields of environmentalprotection, climate change mitigation and social affairs and to help establishfurther cooperation between NGOs in both regions.
Twinners of this year will also participate in presentation training and European workshopheld in Berlin in coming November. 10 fellows from the area of climate change and low carbon development will have the chance to participate in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC which is scheduled to take place in Marrakesh, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.
Namelist of 2016 Twinning Organizations and Exchange Fellows
Climate change and low carbon development
No. Name Organization
1 Wang Yuan Friends of Nature
Luis Moreira Quercus (Portugal)
2 Hou Yuanqing China Green Carbon Foundation
Roland Joebstl European Environmental Bureau (Belgium)
3 Guo Hongyu Greenovation Hub
Andrew Murphy Transport & Environment(Belgium)
4 Wei Wei Roots & Shoots Chengdu Office
Zanda Skuja Green Liberty (Latvia)
5 MENG Deliang Environmental Education Promotion Ceter ( EEPC )
Firmian v. Peez North-South-Forum(Germany)
Environmental and social justice
No. Name Organization
1 Yao Zhilu Lingnan Partner Community Support Centre
AntoanetaPophlebarova Balkan Kids Foundation (Bulgaria)
2 Zeng Yaping Centrer for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims(CLAPV)
Alba Iranzo InstitutoInternacional de Derecho y MedioAmbiente(Spain)
3 Sheng Bo P8
Deng Yang Collaboration Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) (Germany)
4 Zhang Lingling/ Zhao Chunyan BlueSky4Children
MonikaWirges/ FischerSusanne Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy(Germany)
Liu Jiaqi Friends of the Old Village
Florence Nick Bund Heimat und Umwelt(Germany)
6 Zhang Liuting Green Woodpecker Association
LauraDejaegher NetwerkBewustVerbruiken (Belgium)
7 Chen Zhen China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation
PeterFeldkamp Deutsche Umwelthilfee.V.(Germany)
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