Glasgow COP26 | A Roundtable on Adaptation to Climate Change was held

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On November 8, China Environmental Grantmakers Alliance (CEGA) held 2021 annual forum under the theme of "Focusing on Climate Change Adaptation and Promoting harmonious coexistence between human and nature". The forum is divided into two parts, national and international.


The CEGA Climate Change Adaptation Funding Strategy Research Report was released in the Domestic forum, and industry experts was invited to explain the interlinkages and synergies between climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and nature-based solutions, and they also shared funding strategies and cases from the perspective of CLIMATE change adaptation. Discussing how public welfare organizations can work with all parties to further focus on climate change adaptation and promote harmony between human and nature.


The international forum was held in the Chinese Enterprise Pavilion of Glasgow COP26.  During this period, the press conference of the CEGA Climate Change Adaptation Funding Strategy Study report and the Climate Change Adaptation Roundtable forum were successfully held. Wang Shi, founder of Dadao Climate Change Promotion Center and President of Vanke Foundation, representatives from the Global Adaptation Center, enterprises and public welfare organizations, and others participated in the roundtable forum, sharing their practices in the field of climate change adaptation and discussing cooperation opportunities among various stakeholders in the field of climate change adaptation.

National Forum



Zhang Ruiying

Executive Director of CEGA






An Yaqiang: President of CEGA, Secretary general Of Lao Niu Foundation


"Climate adaptation is as important as emission reduction, and it also requires the concerted efforts of the whole society.  It is recognized that it is urgent for us as environmental funders to work more systematically and effectively on climate change and adaptation.  If you want to walk fast, walk alone.  The road to climate change is not alone. Let's work together."


Tian Lei

Partnerships for Community Development

Research report project funder

"The dual carbon target is a systemic social change that requires further progress in climate adaptation.  The preparation process of research report is also a learning process for CEGA members, from vague understanding to in-depth discussion.  We look forward to working together on climate adaptation in the future."  

New partner awarding ceremony


Wang Xiangyi

Vice President and Secretary General of China International Ngo Cooperation Promotion Association

"I look forward to working with all of you on the CEGA platform to lead the direction of future funding in the environmental field and contribute to the growth of environmental social organizations."  



Wei Ye

Director of Brand and Media relations, Huatai Securities Strategic Development Department 

“There is still a huge funding gap in environmental funding. Connection creates value. I hope we can draw more energy and connect more power in CEGA. ”

Keynote Speech


Zhang Xiaoquan

China Chief Science officer of TNC

"Adaptation to climate change is real and urgent, and adaptation and mitigation are mutually reinforcing.  Nature-based climate adaptation solutions are green and efficient, building and enhancing our climate resilience by restoring natural ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, farmland, freshwater ecosystems and oceans."  


The Launch of the Report



Xu Yinlong

Researcher, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences  

"Climate adaptation, which can mitigate damage and support robust and sustainable socio-economic development, will become increasingly important as emissions are reduced.  Changing perceptions of adaptation needs, clear goals and concrete actions will also depend on scientific and technological progress and innovation, including funding mechanisms for climate finance.  CEGA members should strengthen their own capacity building, expand the climate adaptation content of current funded projects, lead the public interest sector in the field of climate adaptation through systematic training, database construction and methodology construction, and promote the implementation of the national climate adaptation plan here."  


 The report was unanimously recognized by experts and guests attending the meeting. It is considered to be the first research on climate adaptation launched by an online platform consisting of multiple organizations in the public interest sector in China, which reflects the forward-looking thinking and responsibility of China's environmental funders to cope with climate change. The report is systematic and theoretical, with detailed and specific cases, which greatly improves the cognition of CEGA member units in climate adaptation and has strong guiding significance and reference value.


Liu Jiashun

Vice President and Secretary General of China Green Carbon Foundation

"The Carbon sequestration project for the Winter Olympics is expected to generate 380,000 tons of carbon sequestration through planting 30,000 mu of trees in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, contributing to a carbon-neutral Winter Olympics. The project has a significant impact on regional ecological restoration, enhancing local biodiversity and soil and water conservation."



Wang Chaoran

Green Business Project manager of Alibaba Foundation

"The Thousand Island Lake Water Fund project uses a combination of public welfare resources and business to promote the balance between agricultural production and ecosystem and protect increasingly scarce water resources in the face of climate change through ecological planting, rural cooperatives and Internet sales."


Bai Xiangdong

Director of business Development Department, China Environmental Protection Foundation

The Green Mountain Project aims to promote sustainable development of the community through the restoration of ecological environment and the building of scientific research capacity of protected areas. The Castle Peak Project will fund research institutions and social organizations to carry out front-line actions."


Jiang Yong

Deputy Secretary General of Mangrove Foundation

"The Shenzhen Bay Mangrove Project has enabled the restoration and development of mangrove resources in the region through river management, habitat restoration and management of exotic species, and innovated practices in sustainable management, corporate and public participation."

Roundtable discussion




Huo Li

Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs in China, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)



Chen Aiping

Director of China Office, Global Adaptation Center

"Climate adaptation is getting more and more attention.  The international community has proposed that half of the US$100 billion in climate aid from developed countries should go to Climate adaptation.  The Asian Infrastructure Bank has also proposed that all project proposals submitted to the AIIB must take climate risk into account."  


Zhu Shu

Director of the East Asia Secretariat and Chief Representative of ICLEI for China  

"Cities that lose their climate resilience are at risk. The climate adaptation perspective should be integrated into local climate action. In particular, nature-based solutions should be integrated into adaptation and mitigation, requiring overall capacity improvements."



Yang Xiu

Director, Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Tsinghua University

"Due to the lack of theoretical methods and measurement, monitoring and assessment standards, the promotion of climate adaptation are still lacking a strong starting point. We need to continue to push forward in terms of institutions and mechanisms, concept change and system building."


Wang Xiangyi

Vice President and Secretary General of China International Ngo Cooperation Promotion Association

"Climate adaptation capacity building for the public is a long-term process, and different capacity-building strategies should be adopted for different groups. Civil society organizations can strengthen research and suggestions on climate adaptation policies and carry out relevant international exchanges."


Ni Yao

Deputy Director of international Department of AcEF

"Research and publicity should be strengthened to raise the profile of climate adaptation among the public. NGOs have a unique role to play in grassroots climate adaptation efforts such as community resilience."


Chen Yimei

The president of CEGA

Secretary General of Vanke Foundation

"More cross-border cooperation is needed in the field of climate adaptation, and communication and cooperation between public interest funders, social organizations, enterprises, media and governments should be strengthened. CEGA has a responsibility to strengthen advocacy and leadership. Thanks to the expert team for their excellent research and reports, to the Community Partners (PCD) for their support, and to the CEGA partners for their participation. The road ahead will be longer, but it will not be lonely."



Glasgow, UK




Yang Peidan

Executive Director of C Team 



Zhang Ruiying

Executive Director of CEGA

"The CEGA was launched by China's most influential Environmental Foundation. Today, climate change is accelerating the global climate risk to extreme; people realize that as environmental funders, how to study and carry out climate change adaptation work in a more systematic and effective way is extremely urgent. In COP26, we finished the CEGA climate change adaptation fund strategy research report, very pleased today can be released in the testimony of the distinguished guests our report, and listen to the guests to discuss sharing practice in the field of climate adaptation, discusses each stakeholder cooperation opportunities in the field of climate change adaptation."



Ede Ijjasz

Senior Advisor, Global Adaptation Center

"Congratulations to CEGA on the distribution of the report.  We fully agree with the observations and recommendations made in the Report.  China's experience with climate adaptation has global implications.  Many of the cases in the report are nature-based solutions, and we agree that 'green' and 'grey' solutions should be combined. We also agree with the capacity-building initiatives of the Report, as only households, communities, cities and regions have the capacity to respond effectively to increasing climate disasters.  I wish CEGA many more achievements in the field of climate adaptation."  

The Report was published in English



Xu Yinlong

Researcher, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences  


Round table discussion



Mark Fletcher

Head of Global water business at Arup

"Promoting" blue "(water) and" green "(vegetation) infrastructure to build climate resilience can effectively reduce reliance on" grey "(engineering) infrastructure and save significant inputs. Climate resilience of people, environment and facilities is equally important in climate adaptation."



Song Yiqing

Fellow of UNEP's International Ecosystem Management Partnership programme

Farmer seed Network promoter

"When farmers and researchers work together, urban consumers and agricultural producers work together, harness traditional and local wisdom, and empower more women, we can have resilient food systems on the table."



Chen Minfang

Community Director, Youth Action Network on Climate Change

"Young people and university students are an important force for climate action. Through climate education and public awareness, young people can be encouraged to participate in climate action, such as organizing college students to participate in the research and design practice of climate disaster preparedness in rural communities."




Online and offline Communication


Multi-party cooperation

Collaboration is critical to building public awareness of climate resilience. Communities need to strengthen collaboration with the scientific community and social organizations. In an adaptation project, all parties should perform their respective functions and cooperate with each other. Solutions to blue and green infrastructure need to be fully engaged by the community in order to be relevant to the community.


Experience sharing

The experience of climate adaptation should be shared, such as Shanghai's drainage project, which can be learned from other sponge cities. At present, China has also established a seed network experience sharing mechanism with Peru, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and other countries.


Community participation

Communities are the key point to climate adaptation. Community knowledge and local social systems need to be respected, and social organizations should play an important role in community action. Restoring and enhancing natural systems is central to building climate resilience.

 Youth Action

Young people should care about climate issues, build awareness and get involved. Participation is based on cognition, which can start with understanding the vulnerable people in the community. The climate adaptation practice of college students in rural communities is a good case.


Business Support

Enterprises and businesses should be involved in climate adaptation. It is important for enterprises to learn from each other and establish cooperation mechanisms and platforms for common action. The combination of enterprises and the public interest can contribute to innovation and exploration


Power of women

The role of women in the community is extremely important. Women's organizations also tend to be the most dynamic and engaged in climate adaptation. Food, nutrition and other areas are of particular concern to women, and women should be empowered to give full play to their power.


Summary statement


Wang Shi

President of Vanke Foundation

Founder of C Team

"Congratulations on the publication of the CEGA Climate Change Adaptation Funding Strategy Study. The Zhengzhou flood shows the devastating effects of climate change. The Vanke Foundation has invested in climate adaptation, for example, supporting community climate pioneers with the Qianhe Community Foundation, practicing community climate education and action, and organizing multi-party climate adaptation seminars. The "Dameisha Zero-carbon Community" project in Shenzhen, where Vanke Foundation is located, is a joint action involving the government, enterprises and communities that combines emission reduction and adaptation. The Vanke Foundation is also supporting the Mangrove Foundation's (MCF) Shenzhen Mangrove Project, which is a model for climate adaptation, blue carbon sequestration and biodiversity. Thank you for your participation and congratulations on the successful CEGA Annual Forum."