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Series of activities under the China-Europe NGO Climate Change Exchange Programme successfully launched in Germany

On 3rd August 2013, the second part of the China-Europe NGO Climate Change Exchange Programme was successfully launched in Bonn, Germany, at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute. Representatives from Chinese and European environmental NGOs supported by this programme include Diego Martinez-Schuett from Carbon Market Watch & Chu Xumin from Green Zhejiang, Linde Griesshaber from Germanwatch & Li Lina from Greenovation Hub, Kjell Kuehne from Plant for the Planet & Yang Yang from Gansu Green Camel. During the event co-organised by CANGO and the Rhine Academic Forum, the European participants shared their experiences of working in China and the Chinese participants presented the work plan they are go carry out in Europe for the next three months. Patrick Schroeder, international advisor from CANGO, Ms. Vera Lehman from Mercator Foundation and Dr. Horst Fabian, former CIM China Programme Coordinator, presented the background information of the programme, greetings from the programme donor and an overview of China’s environment policy from a German perspective. Over 70 participants from civil society organizations, universities, research institutes and companies joined the event and actively engaged with the presenters and organisers.
On 4th August, the representatives of this programme planted two cherry trees in Bonn for the sake of friendship between China and Germany. Bonn’s local newspaper General Anzeiger reported on this activity here
On 5th August, the representatives paid a visit to the headquarter office of Stiftung Mercator (Mercator Foundation) in the city of Essen where they presented the project to staff of Stiftung Mercator. In the afternoon, the representatives paid a visit to the Environmental and Climate Protection Office in Essen Town Hall and exchanged views and experiences about municipal climate policies. The municipal government officials introduced climate protection activities which are being carried out in Essen. Later on a visit to Passivhaus residential district was paid and the representatives learned from the developers about the economics and technology of Passivhaus in Germany. With the conclusion of the activity series carried out in Germany, the three pairs of representatives departed for their partner organizations in different European cities and started their three months exchange period.