5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Combatting Environmental Degradation and Poverty in Western China (Event in Mandarin Chinese)

*The entire event will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese.

Western China is facing serious environmental threats—deforestation, desertification, and soil contamination are endangering biodiversity and community livelihoods in already ecologically fragile regions. To delve deeper into these issues, CEF will host a discussion with some Chinese NGO leaders working in western China to implement innovative projects that aim to strike a balance between biodiversity protection and economic development. Ms. Jin Jiaman (Global Environmental Institute) will discuss GEI’s project in Sichuan Province’s Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve to protect biodiversity while spurring the local economy. Dr. Zheng Baohua (Rural Development Institute) will shift the focus to how reforming land tenure arrangements in Yunnan Province could positively impact biodiversity protection. Du Ling (Chengdu Shuguang Community Capacity-building Center) will talk about how the implementation of a community development fund has helped poverty reduction and community-based sustainable natural resource management in Sichuan Province. 



  • Jin Jiaman

    Executive Director, Global Environmental Institute (GEI); Co-founder, Green Earth Volunteers; Researcher, China Environmental Science Research Institute
  • Zheng Baohua

    Director of the Rural Development Institute
  • Du Ling

    Director of Chengdu Shuguang Community Capacity-building Center