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The Nature Conservancy - TNC
"Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.
From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives."

Charitable environmental organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Active in 72 countries. Chinese branch 大自然保护协会 (dà zìrán bǎohù xiéhuì), office in Beijing (DNC compound at No. 9 Jianwai Dajie) with local website (

Closely affiliated with Alibaba / Jack Ma, they jointly run the China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF) which focuses on addressing global environmental challenges beyond China’s borders. Between 2011 - 2018 funded 21 projects, around US$ 17 million. Primarily financed by The Nature Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees which are: Karen Lo (HK fashion business), Pony Ma Huateng (Tencent), Niu Gensheng (Mengniu Dairy), Ou Yaping (ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance & Shanghai Rockbund Museum), Wu Ying (China Capital Group), Zeng Fanzhi (artist), Zhu Baoguo (pharmaceutical company Joincare Group), Zhao Zhijun (real estate mogul).

Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Africa  China  development  Environment  Fundraising  Investor_Relations  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  Biodiversity  Social  environmentalism  Policy  Beijing  Sustainability 
november 2018 by eocas
International Rivers
"Since 1985 at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.

We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.

We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Based in four continents, our staff has expertise in big dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training and technical assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, banks, companies and international agencies. The focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa."

Also active in Guizhou / China.

Agrachina  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  rural  Ecology  community  Africa  NGO_NPO  China  Guizhou  environmentalism  Sustainability 
february 2018 by eocas
China's plan to cut meat consumption by 50% cheered by climate campaigners
"New dietary guidelines could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1bn tonnes by 2030, and could lessen country’s problems with obesity and diabetes"

Meat  Sustainability  China  Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  Air  Pollution  Animal_Welfare  Health  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
"This policy brief explores the linkages between water use and allocation, as well as pollution control and economic development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB). It is jointly published by China Water Risk and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China (MEP-FECO). The brief sets out strategies and recommendations for green development along the river, which is of strategic importance to China. This collaboration expands on China Water Risk’s earlier work on trade- offs within the water-food-energy-climate nexus."

Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  water  pollution  environment  policy  China  Ecology  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
WAFA - The Humanitarian Water and Food Awards
"Their mission is to acknowledge and promote individuals and organisations all over the world that implement sustainable projects to secure water, clean air and food, and empower local communities.
Holds annually the humanitarian WAF awards to seek and promote sustainable projects."

water  Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization  Sustainability  environmentalism  Research_Institutes  environment  award  community  NGO_NPO  Air  Pollution  LocaVore  rural_development  Project_Information_Platform  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Cross Slot
Ultra-low disturbance (ULD) no-tillage system that claims superior compared with tillage (plow or cultivator) and minimum-tillage, naming these benefits:
- Increased yields
- Reduced inputs (fuel, labour, maintenance costs, erosion, ...)
- Stones are not brought to the surface they are progressively buried
- Reduces soil moisture loss - each tillage operation can loose 12-25 mm of water
- Builds soil organic matter

No-till claims to better retains the carbon of residues (e.g. straw) as it decomposes on the ground surface, becoming incorporated into the soil by the earthworms and soil microbes.

Their position to organic farming:
"They do not allow the use of synthesised herbicides to kill weeds [...] annual crops depends on tillage for weed control it is certainly not a sustainable or environmentally responsible practice at the farm level. On the other hand, where weeds can be controlled by non-herbicide methods (other than tillage) organic farming is every bit as environmentally sustainable and responsible as
true no-tillage."

Got promoted by United Nation's FAO.

farming  Organic_Agriculture  Pesticide  erosion  Fertilizer  Soil  Soil_Conditions  Water_Resources  Microbial_Inoculants  Microbial_Fertilizer  Organic_Farming  sustainability  Best_practice  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
may 2016 by eocas
CYCAN (China Youth Climate Action Network) - 中国青年应对气候变化行动网络
About: "First Chinese non-profit organization for youth action in the field of climate change. Jointly established by 7 youth organizations in 2007. [...] coordinate and provide services for organizations interested in promoting youth participation in civil society. [...] build a sustainable low carbon future [...] transition to sustainable energy future. Our focus: 1. Publicity work to raise public awareness on climate change and transition to sustainable energy through joint action and cooperation of Chinese and international youth groups; 2. Support public participation and government action; 3. Support engagement of China's youth with the international community. More than 300 colleges and universities have participated in activities organized or sponsored by CYCAN. [...] CYCAN provides a platform for aspiring young people for personal development and to explore new opportunities." HAG
activism  NGO_NPO  Networking  Green-New-Wave  civilsociety  sustainability  Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  renewable_energy  Publicity  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
march 2016 by eocas
Self-definition by member Huang Shu Ling: "We focus on drinking water and recruit some school teams to test the water in the countryside, we will provide them the test kits to make sure the method is unify. Then we will upload the data in our online mapping, the public and organization will get these information from our platform. we will also plan to connect the purification companies and cooperate with them to improve the place which have existed water problem." HAG
Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  China  Transparency  data  import_agrachina  Open_Data  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
ReSource Award
About: "The International ReSource Award for resilience in water management is a prize acknowledging social entrepreneurial thinking and leadership in implementing the principles of sustainability in water management. It recognises new approaches for resolving existing issues related to sustainable water management. The prize builds on more than ten years of experience in bestowing the recognised ReSource Award for sustainable watershed management. Every year, an international jury awards USD 150 000 to new social entrepreneurial initiatives driving sustainable water management practices." By Zurich / Switzerland-based Swiss Re Foundation. HAG
NGO_NPO  Investor_relations  Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  Switzerland  entrepreneurship  SocialEntrepreneur  rural_development  Fundraising  foundation  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
VIS Essential Investments
About: “VIS is an independent financial boutique focused on global natural resources: Energy, food and water (EFW) efficientcy. Companies that incorporate Energy, Food and Water efficiency as an economic and industrial vision in their business models are most likely either to capture new growth opportunities or mitigate their financial and operational risks, in both cases generating higher risk-adjusted, long-term shareholder value creation for investors. Formed as a Partnership in 2011, VIS Essential Investment is based in Sao Paulo and Lausanne with two divisions: Asset Management and Corporate Advisory.” HAG
Investor_relations  Water_Resources  food_security  Food_Trade  Energy_Production  Energy-saving  renewable_energy  sustainability  foundation  Brazil  Switzerland  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
CADY - Central Asian Climate Dynamics
Excerpts: "Since all the Central Asian countries rely heavily on irrigated agriculture, future climate change will strongly impact water availability, energy security, and sustainable development in the region. [...] CADY (Central Asian Climate Dynamics) aims to reconstruct the Holocene climate variability and regional hydrology in the Central Asia along two W-E transects sandwiching the Tibetan Plateau and one N-S transect cutting across the Plateau. [...] The combination of proxy data and model simulations will lead to an improved understanding of the physical mechanisms controlling the monsoon dynamics." HAG A joint research initiative funded by BMBF (Bundesamt fuer Bildung und Forschung - German Ministry for Education and Research). HAG
Central_Asia  Germany  Research  Water_Resources  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
december 2015 by eocas
Tapping into Africa’s groundwater potential
Research paper from Accra/Ghana-based IWMI (International Water Management Institute). Conclusion: "Overall the research indicates that the total area under irrigation from groundwater resources in Africa can safely be expanded 20 times or more beyond current levels, but not everywhere. This could have considerable positive impacts for farmer livelihoods, and national and regional food security, particularly in the Sahel and semi-arid regions of east Africa." HAG
Water_Resources  sustainability  Africa  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2015 by eocas
Clean Water Alliances 北京清水同盟
Chinese NPO which backs project for improving polluted waters and access of underprivileged societies to clean water supply. Founder is James Zhong Gao. HAG
Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  NGO_NPO  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
Glyphosate: Poisoning on a Global Scale
Intro by Organic-Market.Info: "As the major component in the top selling broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup and many other pesticides, glyphosate is found all over the world. But the poison glyphosate, that is suspected among other things of being an endocrine disrupter and also of being carcinogenic, is found as a residue not only in soil, plants and groundwater but also in humans and animals. Many investigations and international studies show that this ubiquitous active ingredient is dangerous. Up to now, the authorities have regularly emphasised that glyphosate is harmless. In 2015, it will be re-evaluated for authorization for use in the EU." HAG
Agro-Chemicals  Pesticide  sustainability  Water_Resources  food_safety  Quality_Control  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
september 2014 by eocas
100 billion yuan ($16 billion) over three years to improve sewage disposal, garbage treatment and air quality, as well as crack down on illegal construction. Excerpt: "Beijing's plan includes laying or upgrading 1,290 km (800 miles) of sewage pipeline, building five garbage incineration plants, setting up 47 water recycling plants and upgrading 20 sewage disposal plants ... The government also plans to curb illegal construction and land use, and will compile a list of illegal buildings for demolition next year" HAG
waste  Water_Resources  Local_Governments  Water_Pollution  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2013 by eocas
Is sustainable agriculture possible in the Sahel?
Crop rotation and agro-forestry help to increase the biomass and lower erosion in some African countries whose vegetation is at risk by desertification.

Drought  Water_Resources  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
may 2012 by eocas
Sreelatha Menon: Low water farming
A new report underlines the benefits of organic farming in the age of climate change. The water consumption is lower and higher moisture retention by soil in the case of organic fertilisers (organic manure, compost, etc.), as compared to chemical inputs.

Organic farming normally increases the total biomass productivity (including fodder, other food products, etc.) it retains additional humidity during dry seasons.

Biomass  Water_Resources  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2012 by eocas
A Less Wasteful Way to Deal with Wastewater
An innovative process to generate hydrogen through electrolysis from organic materials like wastewater. The setup is similar like a fuel cell and could enable wastewater/sewage treatment plants to produce their own power.

There is a lot of energy saving potential, wastewater treatment plants consume around 2% of the world's yearly electric energy consumption:

Maybe such bio reactors could be interesting for Chinese agriculture as well?

Methane_Fermentation  Water_Resources  Energy_Production  renewable_energy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2011 by eocas
Dam Nation
In order to switch from dirty coal energy is China still building many water dams but the eco balance of them can be questionable.
Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  renewable_energy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2011 by eocas
Drought and warmer weather threaten wheat, water supplies
The Chinese autumn 2010 has been warmer and drier than usually, starting to threaten the yields for next year. As a result, some call for more water conservation facilities. 20101206/HAG
Water_Resources  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2010 by eocas
New plan targets polluting factories
The coming 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), the national environmental watchdog will launch a comprehensive national inspection program against factories discharging heavy metals and pollutants that are affecting nearby people's health.
"A four-year study released by the China Geological Survey in November shows only 24 percent of the underground water in the North China Plain is safe for drinking, with excessive heavy metals, overuse of chemical fertilizers and surface water pollution caused by leaking garbage dumps and sewage water irrigation the main causes of the pollution." 20101113/HAG
Environment  Politics  Health  Water_Resources  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2010 by eocas
China Rewires Its Rivers
This article describes the huge South-to-North water diversion project and visualize it with maps. The CN government realizes the huge danger of water scarcity which is worsened through erosion and water pollution. Organic production helps to improve the situation on the micro-ecologic level. 20100607/HAG
Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2010 by eocas
AQUASTAT - FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture - China
This is a country profile of China. It mainly discuses all the different bodies of water in China and why they are important. It also discusses China's various different irrigation systems. 20091112/GDL
Water_Resources  Drought  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2009 by eocas
AQUASTAT - FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture
This site doesn't have a lot of information, but there are some interesting facts you can find on the spreadsheets or other downloads that have to do with CHina and its water resources. 20091112/GDL
China_Agricultural_Market_Analysis  Water_Resources  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2009 by eocas
Assessment of Regional Trade and Virtual Water Flows in China
This is another report on interregion trade in China. It evaluates the current inter-regional trade structure and its effects on water consumption and pollution via ‘virtual water flows’ 20091110/GDL
Market_Report  Water_Resources  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2009 by eocas
Den Flüssen den Weg weisen - NZZ Online
Brilliant newspaper article from Asia correspondent Christoph Neidhart (contact: , original article: ) about the water situation in Shanxi and Sichuan. The article lights the historical background that led to the water crisis. 20090619 /HAG
Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  import_agrachina  import_googlebookmarks  Agrachina 
june 2009 by eocas
Comprehensive overview with a lot of international experiences and policy recommendations to address the problem. Addendum with interesting names that we could contact for experts opinion. 20090619 /HAG
Water_Pollution  Expert  Water_Resources  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  import_googlebookmarks  Agrachina 
june 2009 by eocas
China to strengthen water control in light of s...
Irrigation seems like a very lucrative industry to go into. Is there equipment that makes water?
Weather  Water_Resources  Drought  import_agrachina  import_googlebookmarks  Agrachina 
june 2009 by eocas

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