On August 29, the “NGO and Ecological Protection” Sub-forum of the 5th Cross-strait and Hong Kong & Macau Regions Philanthropy Forum was held in Xilamuren Town in Inner Mongolia. This forum was co-sponsored by China Charity Alliance, Taiwan NPO Self-Regulation Alliance, Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, Loving Family Foundation, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong and Macao Foundation and supported by Lao Niu Foundation.
Representatives from charity organizations and experts and scholars in the fields of environmental protection in Cross-strait and Hong Kong & Macau Regions conducted exchange on “NGO and ecological protection”. In the context of global climate change, multilateral cooperative governance is the best choice for environmental protection and it’s of important significance to give play to the innovation and bridging functions of non-governmental organizations in the process.
Li Qingfeng, Professor of Inner Mongolia Agricultural Univeristy, doctoral supervisor and Director of College of Desert Control Science and Engineering, delivering a keynote speech
In combination with his 40 years’ experience in the grassland management in Inner Mongolia, Li Qingfeng, Professor of Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, doctoral supervisor and Director of College of Desert Control Science and Engineering, delivered a keynote speech entitled “Multifunctional Grassland and Grassland Ecosystem”. After analyzing the resource value of grassland, he explained in detail the reasons for the degeneration of grassland and proposed that the key to solving the problem was to adjust the production mode of grassland livestock husbandry, limit the use of grassland and conduct reasonable management.
Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, delivering a keynote speech
In terms of innovation exploration, Zhou Jinfeng, Director General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, shared his experience in terms of the rescue of endangered wild species, environmental nonprofit litigation, education for improving public awareness and participation in global governance. He highlighted the experience of protecting Bluefin Tuna, Manis Pentadactyla and other animals in his institution and believed that non-governmental organizations and volunteers were very important to ecological protection. He also suggested that the parties concerned should give more consideration to ecology while planning tourist area and development area.
Lun Yongshen, Chairman of Green Environment Protection Association of Macau, delivering a keynote speech
Today, ecological and environmental problems mainly include greenhouse effect, water pollution, ozone depletion, extreme climate, waste treatment, desertification, topsoil degradation, air pollution and species extinction. How
Xie Hongyu, Deputy Secretary General of All-China Environment Federation, delivering keynote speech
Xie Hongyu, Deputy Secretary General of All-China Environment Federation, proposed four suggestions: first of all, non-governmental environmental protection organizations should actively offer advice and suggestions to the government and serve as the assistant to the government; secondly, only by making the best of the both worlds can we strengthen the exchange and cooperation with non-governmental environmental protection organizations and seek common development. In the meanwhile, non-governmental environmental protection organizations should also establish good relationship with government at all levels, enterprises, research institutes and media and other social organizations, make use of its own resource advantages and professional advantages to give advice and suggestions to local government, enterprises and local environmental protection work; thirdly, they should propaganda environmental protection concept and improve the awareness of the public; lastly, they should practically carry out the implemented public welfare programs for environmental protection and make due contribution to protecting the beautiful earth.
Ma Jinhong, Chief Representative of China Program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), delivering a keynote speech
Ma Jinhong, Chief Representative of China Program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), said that TNC had gradually carried out nationwide ecological protection and restoration work from northwest of Yunnan after entering China in 1998. Whether it’s from southwest Yunnan to Laohegou in Sichuan, to Longwu in Zhejiang, or to Horinger in Inner Mongolia, the most important work in conservation of nature is always community work, which is often regarded as a difficult point in the work related to conservation of nature. The sustainability of the effectiveness of conservation work is largely determined by the quality of community work.
Lin Kuocheng, responsible person of TNC Inner Mongolia Program, delivering a keynote speech
Lin Kuocheng, responsible person of TNC Inner Mongolia Program, had some deep feelings for this. He said: “The key to community work is to ‘eliminate’ ourselves. For the community, we are outsiders. We must achieve the autonomy of the community, in order for the production and ecology of the community to be maintained for a long time. We must make the community residents realize that their production can promote ecological development, while the ecology of the community can also guarantee their production. Our goal is to deliver an applicable scheme to the community and then step out of the way slowly and keep working in other places that need us.”
Gao Chuanjie, former Director of the Non-banking Department of China Banking Regulatory Commission and Senior Expert of China trust industry, delivering a keynote speech
Solving ecological environmental protection problem cannot be accomplished in one action and requires accumulation over a long period of time and specific analysis of specific issues. Gao Chuanjie, former Director of the Non-banking Department of China Banking Regulatory Commission and Senior Expert of China trust industry, shared experience from research in the ecological protection of Ulan Buh Desert and proposed the following suggestions based on his experience in finance and trust: respect the nature, begin from ourselves, start from trivial things, do your bit and leave your “footprint” for the ecological safety of the Chinese nation, and protect ecology by adopting the method of named adoption.
Zeng Jinpei, Director General of Green Environment Protection Association of Macau, delivering a keynote speech
“Everyone is responsible for protecting the environment. In Macau, we propose to inherit the effect of environmental protection.” Zeng Jinpei, Director General of Green Environment Protection Association of Macau, said. Macau is mainly facing issues related to urban environmental pollution and declined air quality at present. Green Environment Protection Association of Macau has promoted initiates in local campuses and called on the teachers, students and the public to protect environment with practical actions.
Ai Luming, President of SEE Foundation, Chairman of Wuhan Dangdai Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd., and Vice-president of Hubei Charity Federation, delivering a keynote speech
In ecological protection, how should enterprises and non-governmental organizations interact? Ai Luming, President of SEE Foundation, Chairman of Wuhan Dangdai Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd., and Vice-president of Hubei Charity Federation, provided the answer to the question. Over the years, SEE Foundation, apart from conducting “Creating Green Home” project to support small non-governmental organizations for environmental protection, has also actively cooperated with other non-governmental organizations in various places. The foundation has not only promoted environmental protection, but also promoted the good development of local economy.
Tsering Norbu, Executive President of THE Pendeba Society in Tibet Autonomous Region, delivering a keynote speech
Ecological civilization construction is a comprehensive and systematic engineering that requires the integration of all forces. Government, non-governmental organizations and everyone are important contributors to ecological construction. “In Tibetan, Pendeba refers to someone who seeks welfare for the people. Therefore, the ultimate goal of this program is to bring welfare to the people.” Tsering Norbu, Executive President of THE Pendeba Society in Tibet Autonomous Region, said when introducing Pendeba Program, “We are cooperating with local government, local community and social organization, utilizing the strong appeal of the government, the flexible and efficient work style of social organizations and local people’s high level of understanding for community, and integrating the advantages of the three parties into join forces to promote the development of environmental protection and turn community residents from passive recipients into active protectors.”
Ecological protection and development of philanthropy are helping each other forward and closely linked. It is the common value pursuit of philanthropy in Cross-strait and Hong Kong & Macau Regions to solve social issues through philanthropy and promote people’s livelihood. On this sub-forum, the multi-angle and diversified sharing by representatives presenting at the meeting will certainly irrigate more gorgeous flowers of philanthropy and add more abundant diversity to the cause of ecological environmental protection.