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Film Screening: Dam or Damned? Documentary on China's Nujiang River

In southwest China the Salween River is named Nu Jiang, which means "River of Anger." It is one of the two rivers that still remains un-dammed in China. "Dam or Damned" examines how many environmentalists view this pristine river running through deep canyons with strings of rapids as a precious land hidden in a forgotten corner of southwestern China. But in the eyes of Chinese hydropower companies who are constantly seeking new sources of energy, the drastic drop of the rapids is a rare gift that shouldn't be left untapped.

Strengthening Watershed Management in Southwest China

The China Environment Forum is hosting Yu Xiaogang, founder of one of China's leading environmental NGOs Green Watershed and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2006, to talk about his work on promoting citizen involvement with watershed management in Yunnan Province.

China's Search for Energy Security and Implications for the U.S

In the face of growing energy shortages and rising oil import dependence China has embarked on a global search for secure energy supplies and transport routes, in the process raising a number of serious U.S. policy concerns and new tensions in U.S.-China relations. Kenneth Lieberthal and Mikkal Herberg, co-authors of a new study by The National Bureau of Asian Research will discuss key aspects of China's outward energy expansion, implications for the U.S., and recommendations for U.S. policy to prevent energy from becoming a more serious source of tension in U.S.-China relations.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: The Concrete Revolution

This meditation on life in a rapidly developing new China focuses on the daily transformation of Beijing's urban landscape as one of the world's largest cities prepares for the 2008 Olympics. Workers recruited from villages into Beijing's construction industry tell their stories of a culture in flux. Baring their souls to the female director, these men candidly reveal their feelings about separation from loved ones, financial desperation and hopes for the future as well as their vision of China in the 21st century.

Opening up the Floor: Environmental Information Disclosure Trends in China

Since the early 1980s, China has adopted many regulations to curb water and air pollution by state-owned enterprises and multinational corporations, but these regulations often are not enforced due to institutional weaknesses. In 1998, Chinese decision-makers decided to push public disclosure of environmental information as a strategy to improve environmental governance in China, but this was strongly resisted by local governments and industries.

Beyond Pandas: Animal and Habitat Protection Activism in China

Nearly 20 percent of China's animals and plants are considered endangered from development pressures and pollution. While many conservation projects focus on panda preservation and nature reserve issues in western China, there are also Chinese and international NGOs working throughout China on protection of turtles, salamanders, sharks, and even marine habitats. This Wilson Center meeting will highlight some of the lesser-known initiatives to protect animals and their habitats.

The Role of the National Oil Companies in China's International EnergyPolicy

On May 26, 2005, the China Environment Forum and STAGE co-sponsored a seminar on China's national oil companies and energy cooperation in Northeast Asia that featured two researchers from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Innovative Responses to Fighting the HIV/AIDS Crisis in China

Fengshi Wu—a board member for AIDS Relief Fund for China —began the meeting noting that the first reported case of HIV/AIDS in China was in 1985, when a foreigner working in China was diagnosed with the disease.

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