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Since 1997, the China Environment Forum (CEF) has implemented projects, workshops, and exchanges that bring together U.S., Chinese, and other environmental policy experts to explore the most imperative environmental and sustainable development issues in China and to examine opportunities for business, governmental, and nongovernmental communities to collaboratively address these issues.

This has established CEF as one of the most reliable sources for China-environment information and has given CEF the capacity to undertake long-term and specialized projects on topics such as building new U.S.-China energy and climate networks, the water-energy nexus in China, environmental governance, food safety, water management, nongovernmental organization (NGO) development, environmental justice, and municipal financing for environmental infrastructure.

Established by Congress in 1968 as a living memorial to the 28th President of the United States, the Wilson Center tackles critical global challenges by providing an essential bridge between policymaking and actionable ideas drawn from the world’s finest research, analysis, and nonpartisan dialogue.

CEF currently has three primary topical focus areas:

1. Choke Point: ChinaAddressing Water-Energy-Food Confrontations. In partnership with multimedia reporting NGO Circle of Blue, CEF creates stories, infographics, videos, and workshops that explore the intensifying confrontation between growing energy demand, food needs, and declining freshwater supplies in China. Our Choke Point work informed the creation of a water-energy track under the landmark 2014 U.S.-China Climate and Clean Energy Agreement. In 2016, our research and exchanges will examine water-energy-pollution interactions in Oakland and Shenzhen and our new Choke Point: Solutions project hosts U.S.-China dialogues on lowering coal’s water footprint and decreasing the energy footprint of water.

2.  Capacity Building to Strengthen Environmental Governance: Citizen Science & Serious Games. CEF has a long history of leading exchanges on environmental information transparency and public participation in China. CEF and the Wilson Center’s Serious Games Initiatives (SGI) are currently developing an educational digital game, The Plastic Pipeline, which will raise public awareness on the plastic product lifecycle and policies as well as consumer actions to slow plastic leakage into the ocean. To address the mounting issue of plastics, this project, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, will target diverse audiences around the globe and extend to related projects on waste management, disposal, and recycling in Asia. In addition, CEF continues work on carrying out citizen science trainings on pollution monitoring. 

3. Storytelling is Serious Business: Communications Capacity-Building for Chinese Environmental Professionals. Together with the Beijing-based Global Environmental Institute,  CEF has created workshops teaching Chinese environmental NGOs and other professionals  how evocative writing, visually-compelling slide presentations, infographics, photographs, short films, and maps can help them create compelling stories on the impacts of their work. For more information see our online toolkit.


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