CEF Team

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 four primary topical focus areas:

1. Choke Point: China Addressing 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. Cooperative Competitors: Building US-China Clean Energy Networks. CEF brings together U.S. and Chinese energy experts to identify obstacles and opportunities for joint research, investments, and policy collaboration around renewables, cleaner coal, and energy efficiency. In 2016-2017 CEF will explore China and U.S. progress on meeting their Paris commitments and growing work together on power grid reforms, coal consumption caps, and green ports.

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.

4. From Farm to Roundtable: Engaging on Food Safety and Supply Chain Management. Since 2009, CEF has conducted a series of workshops and research exchanges with U.S. and Chinese food safety practitioners with the aim of better informing business, government, and NGOs on the shared food safety challenges and opportunities for supply chain management. Our food safety articles and infographics have been featured in Politico, Forbes, and chinadialogue.

For the past two years, China Environment Forum meetings, research, and publication activities have been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Energy Foundation, Ford Foundation, blue moon fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Disney Corporation.



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