Sharing China's sustainable development lessons and practices helps developing countries deliver economic development with better social and environmental outcomes.
Facing multiple environmental and development challenges simultaneously, China has become a laboratory of sustainable development experiments. Supporting and sharing lessons from these experiences can help other developing countries cope with increasingly scarce resources and rapid environmental change.
Equally, China will become a more effective and responsible agent of change in global development processes if it is able to learn from the experience of other countries.
Our current work includes:
- Sustainable agriculture in China: Assessing multiple approaches to sustainable agriculture in China through case studies, stakeholder meetings and policy advocacy. Download ‘Sustainable agriculture in China’, ‘Multiple pathways: case studies of sustainable agriculture in China’ and ‘Fertile futures: nurturing the shoots of China’s sustainable agriculture’.
- Chinese Smallholder Innovation for Resilient Agriculture project: Strengthening biocultural systems for food security in the face of climate change in China through research and policy advocacy within China, as well as sharing of methods and insights across three other countries where the project is implemented. See further information and publications here: "Smallholder Innovation for Resilience"
Our past projects have included:
- New perspectives on climate-resilient drylands development: Reframing pejorative narratives around drylands in China, India and Kenya to ones of potential and resilience in the face of climatic change. Download ‘Valuing variability – new perspectives on climate resilient drylands development' and ‘Making the most of variability: innovative rangeland management in China’.
- China's path to a green Economy: An introductory guide to China's current transition towards a green economy. The report traces the evolution of China's green economy thinking over the last 40 years, maps key policies that shape China's green economy prospects today, identifies relevant sectoral policies and players, and examines stakeholder groups, unique traits and areas for further exploration. Download ‘China's path to a green economy: decoding China’s green economy concepts and policies’
- Biogas at the households scale: Examines the extent to which biogas can be a viable energy strategy for rural households in China. Download: Domestic biogas in a changing China.
- Key lessons from BRICS' urban transition: Sharing key lessons for the future of urbanisation in BRICS countries, including China. These countries provide some inspiring examples of how to seize the opportunities that urbanization can provide. However, several of the BRICS bear heavy burdens from past failures to accommodate urban population growth equitably and efficiently. Download ‘Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS’
- China Agriculture University (CAU)
- Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CCAP)