Items tagged:

China

We have 44 items tagged with ‘China’.
  • The Stone Village Seed Park lies in the Himalayan foothills of Yunnan, Southwest China. It is the homeland of the ethnic minority Naxi people. 

    Biocultural heritage territories film now in Spanish

    A visually stunning photofilm that profiles three biocultural heritage terriritories and their role in biodiversity conservation and locally determined development is now available in Spanish. Biocultural heritage territories protect indigenous and traditional land tenure and use land management to preserve fragile ecosystems and promote locally determined patterns of development

    30 August 2016 | News | Climate change
  • Hundreds of power-tillers from China lie unused in Ethiopia. They can be used to plow, power a water-pump, and generate electricity, but low sales were thought to be caused by a lack of technical information, showing how China's role in African agriculture must be researched (Photo: IFPRI-IMAGES, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Chinese engagement in African agriculture is not what it seems

    New research by IIED's Seth Cook, which features in the journal World Development, uses the agri-food sector in Ethiopia and Ghana to show how the role of Chinese migrants in Africa is poorly researched and understood

    6 April 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks to China counterpart Xi Jinping at the FOCAC summit in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2015. China is increasingly influential in Africa (Photo: GCIS/GovernmentZA, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    CSR practices of Chinese businesses in the global South

    Can Chinese business engagement ensure sustainability and benefit the poor? Our research suggests complex factors shape their operations – of which Chinese policies play only a minor role

    31 March 2016 | Blog | Governance
  • Women harvesting vegetables in Shanggula village, Guangxi province, China, can share lessons on sustainable farming with the rest of the world (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Nurturing the shoots of China's sustainable agriculture

    A growing trend towards sustainable food offers hope for addressing environmental, social and food safety concerns associated with China's food system

    23 March 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A forest near Ngon village, Ebolowa district, in Cameroon, which will host an event to bring together Chinese, African and international stakeholders to discuss trade and investment impacting Africa's forests (Photo: Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    China-Africa forest governance strengthened with Cameroon event

    An innovative multi-stakeholder event discussing Chinese trade and investment impacting Africa's forests will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 22-25 June

    19 June 2015 | News | Forests
  • Wang Zhi, assistant production manager of Jiamusi Zhongheng Thermoelectric Ltd, which was built in 1999 to provide 1.75 million GJ annually for Dalkia with an annual coal consumption of 350,000 tons (Photo: Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    The flipside of China's shift away from coal

    China is quickly reducing its coal use, leading to lower emissions and less air pollution. Maarten Akkerman explores how this shift could adversely impact Vietnam and other countries

    16 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • PLA 62 cover image

    PLA 62 - Wagging the dragon's tail: emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction in China

    Keep up to date with the latest participation news from Participatory Learning and Action – a leading informal journal on participatory methods and approaches that strengthen rights, voice and governance and promote social justice. The series is published in English, with some issues translated into other languages, and some issues available in multimedia formats.

    28 April 2015 | Article | Natural resource management
  • Harvesting leaves from a forest in Hunan, China (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Sharing China's lessons

    Sharing China's sustainable development lessons and practices helps developing countries deliver economic development with better social and environmental outcomes

    25 April 2015 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Chinese timber business in Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    China-Africa trade and investment: benefiting Africa's rural informal economy?

    Understanding Africa's informal economy – where people work with/for small-scale Chinese businesses – is critical for assessing China's impact and making policy for the rural poor

    31 March 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • A farmer in a buckwheat field close to harvest time in Gansu Province, China. The country's agriculture is currently facing major environmental challenges (Photo: Han Jianping)

    Sustainable agriculture in China: then and now

    The environmental impacts of China's agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. An IIED and China Agricultural University workshop explored examples and models that could help promote sustainable agricultural practices in China

    26 March 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Chronic air pollution is part of everyday life for many people in China. This photo shows Anyang, the most northern city of China's Henan province (Photo: V.T. Polywoda, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Critical theme: China pollution, social media and politics

    Our March Critical Theme seminar looked at the environmental and political issues raised by raised by the film "Under the Dome", made by one of China's leading investigative journalists, Chai Jing.

    18 March 2015 | Article | Communication
  • Images of indigenous biocultural heritage territories are profiled in a new photofilm (Photo: IIED)

    New photofilm profiles biocultural heritage territories

    IIED has released a new photofilm profiling indigenous biocultural heritage territories and the role they play in development, conservation and adaptation

    11 November 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • The timber depot of Green Timber, a Chinese-owned timber concession that are licensed to operate in Nampula and Zambezia provinces, Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    China-Africa Forest Governance project

    Improving evidence, capacity and joint action for sustainable Chinese investment in Africa's forests

    22 September 2014 | Project | Forests
  • Our new interactive visualisation plots countries’ incomes per capita against their levels of urbanisation

    Let's see what the BRICS teach us about urbanisation and economic growth

    Our new interactive visualisation demonstrates the dynamics of urbanisation and economic growth in different countries. The visualisation shows that countries have very different dynamics from each other, which has implications for their economic, social and even environmental prospects.

    16 September 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Local sheep varieties in the Potato Park, Peru, where an agreement was recently forged to share indigenous crop varieties and knowledge about how to grow them in different climates and landscapes (Photo: IIED)

    Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation

    In the spirit of the International Year of Family and Peasant Farming, indigenous mountain farmers from China, Bhutan and Peru have agreed to share seeds in an effort to cope with global climate change

    8 May 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A Chinese journalist interviews fellow journalists in Kenya (Photo: YiDe Media)

    China-Africa relations: Fresh perspectives from Chinese journalists on environmental challenges

    By increasing Chinese reporting on Africa, its public can learn about the environmental and development challenges associated with Chinese investment and consumption decisions

    2 May 2014 | Blog | Communication
  • China's growing influence in Latin America will be discussed in Beijing (

    Sustainability in the spotlight as China-Latin America relationship grows

    IIED and the Global Environmental Institute will hold a meeting in Beijing on 31 March to discuss what China's growing global influence means for sustainable development

    26 March 2014 | News | Economics
  • Timber tracking systems can improve supplies chains by ensuring only legally harvested wood reaches the market. Credit: Karl Ammann / Rettet den Regenwald e.V. (Creative Commons)

    Rare opportunity to shape China's impact on global forests

    Chinese policymakers and international forestry experts will meet in Shanghai on 27 March to discuss draft guidelines that will affect how Chinese businesses involved in the timber trade can operate

    20 March 2014 | News | Forests
  • Knowledge gained from interviews carried out in Kenya by Chinese journalists will be presented to a meeting in Beijing (Photo: Angelo DeSantis via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Chinese journalists to share learning from reporting trip to Kenya

    Six Chinese journalists who won fellowships to report from Kenya will share their experiences at a meeting in Beijing on 21 March

    18 March 2014 | News | Communication
  • A line of Christmas trees. Photo: Brett Flanders (Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Sustainable development requires an infusion of love

    Next year, new Sustainable Development Goals will set our trajectory into an increasingly uncertain future. But country delegations are arguing over the wrong thing

    20 December 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • The platform launch brought together high-level African and Chinese officials, policymakers, researchers and forestry experts (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Platform set for China-Africa forest governance action

    A new partnership builds bridges between African and Chinese stakeholders to strengthen governance of forests.

    9 December 2013 | Article | Forests
  • Countryside in Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. Photo: Duncan Macqueen

    Strength in numbers: The promise of forest producer organisations

    Organisations of forest farmers have much to offer society — if they get the support they need from governments, donors, the private sector and NGOs.

    28 November 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • IIED strengthens policy and research links with China

    IIED will share some of its research on key issues in global agriculture with an audience of Chinese academics, government agencies, policy researchers and nongovernmental organisations at a meeting in Beijing on 15 November.

    13 November 2013 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Forest Governance Learning Group, December 2010, Namaacha, Mozambique. At this annual learning event FGLG network partners gather to share learning and discuss contemporary issues in forestry. Photo: Leianne Rolington

    Forest governance learning group

    The Forest Governance Learning Group aims to connect forest-dependent people who are marginalised from forest governance with those who control it.

    7 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Launch event of the China-Africa Forest Governance Platform in March 2013. Photo: Simon Lim

    Just forest governance

    The way forests are governed is crucial for affecting how local people benefit from forests. IIED helps secure local communities’ commercial rights to forests by using a ‘learning group approach’, which emphasises sharing tools and tactics that have worked. At the same time, we also look at measures to reduce demand for agricultural and forest products that result in deforestation or degradation.

    7 September 2013 | Article | Forests
  • Rice terraces in Changjiang Valley, China (Photo: Gabriele Quaglia)

    Our China work

    China's economic progress over the past few decades has been dramatic, but so are the challenges in social and environmental governance both within the country and in its overseas engagement. IIED's China team works to improve China's role as an international development actor at home and abroad, particularly in Africa

    5 August 2013 | Project | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Timber in Ethiopia

    Report sets stage for China-Africa forest governance research

    IIED has published a report that identifies research that can shed light on the positive and negative effects of Chinese investment in African forests, and show how to improve governance of the timber trade.

    31 July 2013 | News | Forests
  • Polluted air coming out of the smoke stacks of a factory in Shanghai, China.

    The least developed countries, equity, and a brave new world

    For the first time, all of the world’s major carbon emitters – including China, the US and India – will be legally bound to a new global climate agreement that reduces emissions. But, HOW?

    2 July 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Satellite image of the zinc, lead and silver mine in Cerro de Pasco, Peru.

    Report scopes sustainability of China-Latin America relations

    A study examining Chinese trade and investment in mining, agriculture and forestry in Chile, Brazil and Peru says sustainability is increasingly on the agenda.

    9 May 2013 | News | Sustainable markets
  • A man walks with his roaming goats.

    Current policy narratives limit climate resilience in world’s dry regions

    Partial narratives that underpin policymaking prevent people in arid regions from fulfilling their potential to provide food and sustain resilient livelihoods in a changing climate.

    19 April 2013 | News | Drylands and pastoralism
  • A mango tree frames views of a forest in Mozambique in the distance.

    China in Africa’s forests

    With growing Chinese investment in Africa’s forests and timber, could stronger China-Africa dialogue help ensure good management of forests and the timber trade?

    20 March 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • The timber depot of a Chinese-owned timber concession licensed to operate in Nampula, Mozambique. While some replanting takes place, they do not currently replace all they cut. Photo: Mike Goldwater.

    China in Africa: New forum seeks sustainable, pro-poor forestry

    A new forum will launch on 5-6 March to help ensure Chinese investments in African forests have positive outcomes for local livelihoods and sustainability.

    27 February 2013 | News | Forests
  • First bend of the Nu River in Yunnan Province, China.

    In Our World: 14 February 2013 (dams, storytellers, energy ‘long reads’ and more)

    "In Our World" relates to IIED's world of environment and development. It connects us with what’s going on in both the real world and online worlds. As we develop this new feature its content and length will vary – so do let us know what you like and don’t like about it.

    14 February 2013 | Blog | Communication
  •  View from the Shanghai World Financial centre’s observation platform – the air pollution is visible.

    In Our World: 1 February 2013 (A new series)

    This is the first in a series of regular posts in which either I or Suzanne Fisher-Murray will publish links to top content we have seen online in the past week.

    31 January 2013 | Blog | Communication
  • A pick up truck lies mostly submerged under a water in a flooded street.

    Five moments from 2012 that could spell change for the planet

    The big events and non-events from this last year that could have long-term repercussions on the sustainable development of our planet, from IIED's Director.

    7 January 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A group of farmers carry pails of water over a rocky trail to their drought stricken Jianwa village in Henan Province, China.

    Advocating for policies and laws that support adaptive management

    The drylands need a new policy narrative — one based on good understanding of dryland ecology and economics, and one that aims for more equitable outcomes for the people who live there.

    17 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Chinese dragon image

    Chinese media in Africa

    The ‘Chinese media dragon’ is raising its voice in Africa—and drawing criticism. So how much is cultural bias, and how much legitimate concern?

    11 December 2012 | Blog | Communication
  • Street scene of small shops and a rickshaw in a city in South India.

    BRICS urbanisation provides lessons for economic growth and social equity

    Towns and cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America have a wealth of lessons to learn from the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – according to research published today.

    5 December 2012 | News | Urban
  • The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in the Great Hall of the People, uniformed in identical suits, red ties, and side-parts.

    China’s leadership transition

    China’s new conservative leadership means any changes to help the country's environment will come through the existing policy framework, and not an overhaul of the system.

    27 November 2012 | Blog | Governance
  • A man leads a herd of camels with the sun setting behind them.

    What’s in a narrative? In policy, everything or nothing

    Narrative means story, right? But not if you work on development policy, where narrative means something quite different: a framework for action, but one that can create problems if left to roll like a stone down a hill on its own.

    28 September 2012 | Blog | Communication
  • Chen showing Lila Buckley his innovative method for growing potatoes in straw nests.

    A Chinese farm in Africa

    Chen promotes new agricultural techniques in China, but he dreams of farming in Senegal because he wants to share his skills and do something meaningful.

    13 September 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Ships lay stranded in a dry reservoir in China.

    China: can the ‘factory of the world’ clean up its act?

    Will China address the consequences of its growing consumption and production, or continue with business as usual?

    27 June 2012 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Focus on small-scale farming: food or jobs?

    The latest ‘provocation’ from IIED and Hivos, held in The Hague last week (24 May), began by asking what the development community can do to support rural youth. And for consultant Felicity Proctor, the answer is clear: “we need to move from agriculture and talking about food security and productivity to enterprise, business and a decent living for many of the rural populations.”

    31 May 2012 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Growth of China’s 'green public sphere' brings hope and opportunity

    It all started with a stroll. In 2007, residents of Xiamen, in Fujian province, decided they didn’t want a company that made a harmful chemical called paraxylene in their city. Using text messages they arranged peaceful demonstrations. The strolls soon spread into vast street protests and before long the local government had responded to their calls and relocated the chemical plant.

    26 March 2012 | Blog | Green economy
Subscribe to RSS - China