I. International conferences and events
On January 18th, the “2020 ALL-Dutch students and Scholars Spring Festival Gala and New Year Forum” was successfully held at the Utrecht Tivoli Theater, the event was hosted by the Chinese Association of Students and Scholars in the Netherlands and organized by the Utrecht Branch. Gu Yunfei, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) representative in the Netherlands attended the event.
On February 17th, the side event of “People’s Participation Approach: A Bottom-Up Approach Towards Migratory Species Conservation” co-organized by Operation Earth and Terre Policy Center was successfully held during the 13th conference of the Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13). The event shares experiences and practices of Chinese non-governmental organizations in protecting migratory wild species: including more than 140 Chinese community-based protected areas (CCAfa), the online and offline actions participated by volunteers such as anti-poaching, wildlife rescue, and wildlife release, and the jobs for launched a series of education program regarding migratory species and awaken public’s awareness.
On February 18th, the side event of “Reducing Impacts of Poison on Migratory Birds from Agriculture Chemicals and Poison Baits” co-organized by CBCGDF and International Crane Foundation (ICF) was successfully held during the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection of Migratory Wildlife Species (CMS COP13), aiming to promote awareness of migratory birds that are affected by poison and discuss feasible and effective plans.
From February 24th to 28th, the SUNx Climate Friendly Travel Think Tank was held in Kavala, Malta. Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), was invited by Geoffrey Lipman who is the co-founder of SUNx, and attended the conference to discuss climate-friendly travel issues with global academics and government leaders.
On March 3rd, Dr. Alice Hughes, Deputy Secretary-General of CBCGDF, prepared to propose relevant proposals to the Two Sessions on “protecting humans and wild animals and plants”.
On the evening of April 30th, the fourth event “The Forgotten Amphibians and Reptiles” of the online think tank series of seminars “The future, let the pandemic no longer outbreak” co-organized by CBCGDF and Action Asia iCARE Life Care Education Research Center, One Health of Sun Yat-sen University and Animal Protection Research Center of Shandong University was successfully held.
On May 11th, at the invitation of India, Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, sent a representative to attend the seminar “The Importance of Multilateralism Under the Global Pandemic”.
On May 21st, CBCGDF participated in the “Enhancing Small Farmers” Land Rights-Beyond COVID-19: Global Open Innovation Challenge” webinar which was hosted by CET.
On June 12th, the 3rd International Conference on Green Building and Environmental Management (GBEM 2020), co-organized by the CBCGDF and hosted by the AEIC Academic Exchange Center (GBEM 2020), was held as an online conference due to the epidemic. Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome, Vice Chairman of the World Green Design Organization, Professor Yang Hongxing from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who studies the application of renewable energy and building energy efficiency, Prof. Hamidi Abdul Aziz from the institution of Civil Engineering, the University of Science in Malaysia Professor, Prof. Mohan Kolhe from the institution of Engineering and Science, the University of Agde in Norway, and Professor Ismael Guerrero Arias, President of Loyola University in Spain and Canadian Solar Energy Group were the keynote speakers and delivered keynote speeches respectively.
On June 20th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited to attend the Ocean Geographic Forum-Wildlife and Wet Markets and delivered a keynote speech.
On July 1st, the International Office of CBCGDF participated in a blockbuster virtual webinar which is one of the series of virtual meetings of 2020 London Climate Action Week. The theme was “Bringing active and natural recovery to People, Economy and Climate”, discussing investment in nature-based work and initiatives to stimulate the economy in the post-COVID-19 period.
On July 3rd, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department representative participated virtually: From Recovery to COP26: The Contribution of Sustainable Cooling.
From July 6th to 7th, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department participated in the first “International Conference on Circular Economics (IS4CE2020)”.
On July 9th, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, the Secretary-General of CBCGDF attended the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome virtually.
On July 16th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng participated in Resolution No.73/333 of the World Environmental Convention and an online discussion meeting which was led by a social organization.
On July 20th, the International Affairs Department representatives were invited to participate in the “2020 Asian Biodiversity Information Network Summit” of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
On July 24th, the International Standardization Organization (ISO) hosted an online conference on sustainable financial standardization. The organizer of the meeting was the Technical Committee on Sustainable Finance of International Standardization Organization (ISO/TC 322). The CBCGDF International Affairs Department representative was invited to participate in it.
On August 10th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF, a National First-level Society, was invited to participate in the Forum on Development and Governance of Science and Technology Societies of the Annual Meeting of China Association of Science and Technology.
On August 14th, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department representative was invited to attend the sixth event of the IUCN WCEL webinar series – “Are multilateral environmental agreements effective for marine protection in the Asia-Pacific region?”
On September 1st, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, an international seminar was held in Beijing. Linda Wang, Deputy Secretary-General of CBCGDF was invited to participate in the event.
On September 15th, the All-China Youth Federation and the UK-Sino Association co-organized a webinar on “Environment and Sustainable Development”. Linda Wang, Deputy Secretary-General of CBCGDF was invited to participate in the event as a member of the Chinese delegation.
On September 15th, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department was invited to participate in the United Nations “Decade on Ecosystem Restoration ” seminar.
On September 22nd, the International Forum on Tackling the Climate and Environmental Crisis hosted by the Global Energy Internet Development Cooperation Organization was held in Beijing. As a member of the cooperative organization, the CBCGDF was invited to attend this meeting.
From September 22nd to 25th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited to attend the “Planetary Health” session and delivered a keynote speech on “Shaping the present and future of human civilization and the natural system of the earth “to share China’s practices in the construction of ecological civilization and the efforts of Chinese social organizations in nature protection and promotion of sustainable development.
On September 30th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF was invited to participate in a high-level online event that would start at 8:00 a.m. New York time (8:00 p.m. Beijing time) on September 30th. This was also a side event of the United Nations Biodiversity Summit.
On October 14th, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department was invited to participate in the IUCN Virtual Dialogue “Impacts of COVID-19 and Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples” webinar.
From October 13th to 15th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF attended the online World Food Security Committee’s high-level Special Event on strengthening global governance of food security and nutrition.
From October 15th to 16th in 2020, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, received his invitation to the first “Regeneration 2030 Summit” which was held in Parma, Italy.
On October 16th, the second event of the “Ecological Civilization” webinar series co-organized by CBCGDF and the Earth Charter International was successfully held. Dr. Alice Hughes, Deputy Secretary-General of CBCGDF participated in the event and delivered a speech.
On October 20th, the Geneva Environment Network organized a seminar on “Chemicals and Waste | From Science to Policy, Issues of Global Concern, Challenges and Opportunities” by using both offline and online methods. This was a briefing session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). On the eve of the meeting, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF received a letter from the Civil Society Department of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was invited to attend this seminar virtually.
On October 20th, CBCGDF representatives were invited by the Israel Chamber of Commerce in China (IsCham) to participate in the webinar “Come and Meet Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL)”.
On October 22nd, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department representatives were invited to attend the “United Nations-China Gender Fund (CGF) the Ninth Batch Press Conference and Award Ceremony” and participated in the discussion on ways to achieve gender equality.
On October 28-29th, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department was invited to participate in the “Digital Mercator 10-year Cultural Education” forum hosted by the Stiftung Mercator Foundation in Germany.
From October 26th to October 31st, the 15th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-15) hosted by BGI and co-organized by CBCGDF was held in Wuhan, Hubei, and organized a sub-forum on “Biodiversity and Omics Research: Life Science in the Era of Ecological Civilization”.
On October 27th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited by WTM to discuss the concept of responsible tourism and promote cooperation with Harold Goodwin, founder of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT), Brian Linden, founder of the Linden Centre, Nic Linton, managing partner of China Less Travelled and representatives of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF).
On October 28th, at the invitation of the organizer FaithInvest, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited to attend the “Green Entrepreneur Course Seminar”, shared the ecological thoughts in traditional Chinese culture and introduced ecological civilization.
On October 15-17th, the REGENERATION2030 summit was held in Parma, Rome, and the Vatican in Italy as scheduled. Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited to deliver a keynote speech on “Climate Change: China Green Development Foundation is in Action”.
From November 9th to 13th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng was invited to participate in the fourth online meeting of the open-ended ad hoc expert group on marine litter and microplastics (AHEG-4).
On November 9th, the fifth meeting of the China-EU High-Level People-to-People Policy Dialogue of China-EU Youth Seminar (and China-EU Youth Policy Dialogue) was held online. Dozens of experts, scholars, and multi-stakeholder youth representatives attended this meeting. Linda Wang, Deputy Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited to attend this high-level meeting and delivered a keynote speech.
On November 5th, the curtain of “The Evolution of France and China’s Nature Conservation Policy” was opened at the French Cultural Center in Beijing, which was one of the series lectures of “China-French Environment Month” and hosted by the French Embassy in China, Representatives of the International Department of the CBCGDF were invited to attend this event to communicate with various parties on the development of nature protection policies in China and France.
On November 27th, representatives from the CBCGDF International Affairs Department and Research Department participated in the “Unique Planet-Sino-British Talks on Biodiversity” webinar, this was one of the “British Carnival” series activities. During the session, representatives communicate with other guests regarding problems of biodiversity and climate.
On December 7th and 8th, as a member of IUCN/WCEL, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng was invited to attend the online conference which was hosted by the Law Institution of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
On December 9th, a high-level online briefing was held on the theme “Status of the World in 2020”: How Do We Cope with the Earth’s Emergency Situations?” This intensive and informative plenary meeting was co-hosted by the “Planetary Emergency Partnership” (PEP) of the International Think Tank Club of Rome and the Global Commons Alliance. Dr. Zhou Jinfeng was invited to attend this meeting. The meeting summarized the 17 UN SDGs into four accessible topics: a sustainable society, technology and innovation, environment and nature, and jointly creating a better world.
On December 9th, the CBCGDF was invited to participate in the End Pandemics meeting. Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF attended the regular meeting of the End Pandemics Alliance for the first time and delivered a spotlight speech. Pei Su, founder, and CEO of the CBCGDF ACTAsia Special Fund moderated the meeting.
On December 22nd, Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited to attend the International Scientific Forum “COVID and Human Security” co-organized by the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, UNESCO, the Club of Rome, and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The purpose of this forum is to communicate human safety-related topics online, especially in the context of the current COVID19 epidemic.
II. Global environmental governance
On March 25th, the reception ceremony of the donations for Italy’s urgently needed medical supplies was held in Beijing. This donation was launched by the “Green Ribbon” and aimed to help Italy better combat COVID19. Mr. Demarie, minister counselor of the Italian Embassy in China and the head of the Economic and Commercial Department, Mr. Zhang Qi, the representative from the initiator of the “Green Ribbon”, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, and representatives from the World Green Design Organization and other guests attended the ceremony.
On March 30th, the 100,000 masks from the CBCGDF donated to Japan Friendship Inheritance Development Association had been shipped. This donation aimed to help Japan better combat COVID19.
On April 18-19th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, received an email from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The civil society department of UNEP Governance Affairs Office on behalf of the UNEP Legal Department invited Dr. Zhou to bring forward opinions on the revised draft of UNEP’s Environmental Defenders Policy.
On April 27th, at the invention of the relevant departments of the United Nations Environment Programme, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, submitted a written proposal to the United Nations General Assembly on “How the Environmental Assembly can make a significant contribution to strengthening natural actions to achieve global sustainable development goals “.
On November 4th, after voting by members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the “Adopting Traditional Medicine to achieve social and environmental sustainability” submitted by the CBCGDF was approved. Besides, the five proposals supported by the CBCGDF had also been passed. This proposal was also an effective attempt by our foundation as a national first-level society to actively participate in global environmental governance, promote the global construction of ecological civilization, and promote Chinese medicine.
III. Media Interview
On January 27th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, and Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of the Biological and Scientific Ethics Committee (BASE) of CBCGDF, were interviewed by Il Sole 24 Ore which is the largest commercial media group in Italy. On January 31st, Dr. Sara Platto was interviewed by CTV News in Canada and briefly introduced the basic situation of the Wuhan COVID-19 epidemic.
Around February 8th, Dr. Sara Platto accepted an interview with US PRI News and introduced her current life in Wuhan.
On February 22nd, the Italian Evening Post (Corriere della Sera) published an interview with Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF. During the interview, they discussed the problem of wildlife protection brought about by the new coronavirus epidemic and long-term mechanisms for biodiversity conservation.
On April 20th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF, accepted an interview with the Beijing-based reporter of Radiotelvisione Svizzera Italiana (RSI) and responded to the question on the spread of the coronavirus, illegal wildlife trade, and biodiversity conservation.
On April 3rd, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, was invited to accept a video interview with Swedish State Television (SVT) in Yuanshi, Prefecture, Hebei Province.
On April 15th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, accepted a live broadcast interview with the ABC morning program Radio National Breakfast to introduce the latest situation in China in the context of the global pandemic.
On April 24th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF, accepted an interview with a German mainstream media, responded to the questions on China’s “wet market”, the prohibition policy, whether he is optimistic about the prospects, and existing problems.
On July 10th, during the interview with Leen Vervaeke who is a reporter from De Volkskrant, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF, responded to the questions on domestic wildlife trade and breeding policies, policy guidance in the context of Coronavirus and others, also refuted the rumors on ” the tradition of eating wildlife” that were internationally disseminated.
In October, Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of the BASE of the CBCGDF, whose anti-epidemic stories were featured on CCTV News “My China Story”.
In October, Dr. Sara Platto’s anti-epidemic stories and new book “Good Morning, Wuhan! ” were reported by Haffinton Post Italia, Heraldo Verona, Confidenze, Avvenire, Donna Moderna, Famiglia Cristiana, Il Giornale di Brescia, Radio 24, Radio RTL, Tv8 Mattina and other medias (Partial links attached below).
In November, Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF BASE, accepted interviews with La7-DiMartedi, Radio 1 Famiglia, and Liberementi.
In November, Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF BASE, accepted the interview with Italian Psychologist Dr. Caruso, who discussed the management of children in terms of the “psychological epidemic” during the lockdown period.
IV. Project application and implementation
1. The “Gansu Rural Primary School Clean Heating Project” was supported by EKOenergy Climate Fund of the Finnish Nature Conservation Association and was implemented in Dongxiang Autonomous County of Linxia, Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. This project actively responds to the instructions of the Ministry of Civil Affairs to guide national social organizations to focus on supporting targeted poverty alleviation in the “three regions and three states”. It plans to support rural primary schools in Gansu to solve the problem of classroom heating in winter through solar energy, improving the learning environment, and promoting the use of clean energy.
2. Applied for the European Commission “Social Organizations as Actors in the Work Governance and Development of Private Forest Rangers” project and submitted a project scheme titled “Green Club Rangers” project.
3. As the organizer of the China Association for Science and Technology’s 2020 World Public Scientific Literacy Promotion Project, the CBCGDF will host the 2020 World Public Scientific Literacy Promotion Conference “Public Scientific Literacy and Ecological Civilization Construction” forum. In addition to the special forum on November 18th, six online sub-forums will be organized from November 16th to December 4th, the topics including citizen scientists, agricultural genetic resource protection and sustainable food system, night protection and ecological civilization, and the Community of Life on Earth. There were more than 137,000 online participants.
4. Applied for the European Commission’s Switch Asia “Promotion of Sustainable Consumption Pre-production” project and submitted a project scheme titled “‘Blue Cooperative’: Circular Economy in terms of the Recycling of Plastics in the Yangtze River Basin.”
5.The “Challenges of Animal Protection and Animal Welfare in the Context of the COVID-19” network sharing session is supported by the University Federation of Animal Welfare (UFAW). The sharing session will be held on January 8, 2021.
V. Exchange and Cooperation
Around February 10th, Dr. Jane Goodall wrote to Dr. Zhou Jinfeng to convey greetings to her Chinese friends. Seeing a large number of reports in the media made her very worried. She prayed for all Chinese friends who are suffering and pain due to the epidemic, cheered for China, and looked forward to the Chinese people to overcome the epidemic as soon as possible.
On March 16th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, and Dr. Harold Goodwin, founder of Responsible Tourism Partnership (RTP), held a teleconference regarding future cooperation in organizing events and seminars.
On April 27th, representatives of the CBCGDF’s pangolin working group held a meeting with relevant African pangolin research institutions to discuss pangolin protection, wild release, and illegal international trade smuggling of this endangered species.
On May 6th, the Secretary-General of the CBCGDF received a letter from INDICO that is an open-source platform engage in conference and event registration by the United Nations and learned that the CBCGDF had been gained the special acceptance to attend the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference.
On May 8th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF, accepted an online interview with a representative of foreign students from the Yenching Academy of Peking University. He introduced China’s wildlife protection policies and Chinese social organizations’ efforts to protect biodiversity and promote policy advances regarding legislation and laws at a special time.
On May 9th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of the CBCDGF, accepted an interview with Harald Pokieser, director of the documentary film on the COVID19 epidemic of the Austrian TV station, introducing the current situation of wildlife protection in China since the outbreak and social organizations’ efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade, protect biodiversity and other aspects.
On October 7th, the International Affairs Department of the CBCGDF talked with Professor Wasser, an expert in conservation biology at the University of Washington, to discuss how to use DNA technology to better combat the illegal trade of endangered animals and protect biodiversity. At the meeting, the two parties exchanged the latest research and work progress in the field of endangered animal protection and expressed mutual recognition and appreciation.
On October 15th, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department held an online meeting with three youth representatives of the We Do Green Organization, Becca, Sarai, and Emmanuel, to deepen mutual understanding and discuss issues that can be cooperated in the future.
On November 1st, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF, and Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF BASE visited the National Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology, affiliated to Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) in Wuhan.
On December 11th, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng was invited to attend the final forum of the “2020 Hong Kong Young Leaders Program” organized by the Global Future Institute (GIFT) and commented on the policy proposals of 21 young people as a guest speaker.
VI. Science Education
1. Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of CBCGDF BASE was invited to participate in the 2020 National Science and Technology Week “Foreign Experts Science Lectures” activity co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Propaganda Department of Central Committee, Health Commission, and the China Association for Science and Technology. And on August 26, she gave a science lecture on “What is the sound world of dolphins” for children at the Beijing Planetarium.
2. “2020 Biodiversity and Human Health” science communication series activities into campus: on September 25th, to welcome World Rabies Day, the CBCGDF International Affairs Department brought an event “Everything About Rabies” to the kids at Beijing Zhongke Qiyuan School to popularize the knowledge of rabies prevention and help children to understand the dog’s body language correctly. Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF BASE brought a lively and interesting science lecture to the kids remotely.
3. On September 28th, World Rabies Day, Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of the CBCGDF BASE, launched the rabies vaccination and education campaign “Connects China· Cares animals”. In addition to providing free rabies vaccines in Wuhan, she also connected practitioners of rabies prevention and animal protection institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Haikou to share their efforts in eliminating rabies.
4. “2020 Biodiversity and Human Health” science communication series activities into campus: On November 13th, the CBCGDF BASE brought a lecture “Bat: Flying mammal” to students in Beijing Zhongke Qiyuan School. Matteo, a 12-year-old boy from Italy, connected remotely and shared interesting scientific knowledge about bats with those kids.
5. “2020 Biodiversity and Human Health” science communication series activities into campus: On December 1st, the CBCGDF BASE visited Changling Primary School in Xinzhou District, Wuhan, and Dr. Sara Platto, Secretary-General of CBCGDF BASE brought a lecture “Family Safety Around Doggy” to students; Italian teenager Ricci also shared a short story “Ricci in the world of dogs”, telling children how to understand dogs’ body language and to prevent rabies.
VII. Scientific papers published
1. Biodiversity loss and COVID-19 pandemic: the role of bats in the origin and spreading of the disease.
Sara Platto, Jinfeng Zhou, Wang Yanqing, Wang Huo, Ernesto Carafoli. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications Journal
2. History of the COVID-19 pandemic: Origin, explosion, worldwide spreading”.
Sara Platto, Yanqing Wang, Jinfeng Zhou, Ernesto Carafoli. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications Journal
3. COVID19: an announced pandemic.
Sara Platto, Tongtong Xue, and Ernesto Carafoli. Cell Death & Disease
4. First confirmed sighting of Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) in China since 1990.
Sara Platto, Wang Yanqing, Linda Wong, Jinfeng Zhou. (in review)
5. Cascading implications of a single climate change event for fragile ecosystems on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.
Zhou J, Lu S. Ecosphere, 18 May 2020 (Accepted).
6. Are pangolins scapegoats of the COVID-19 outbreak-CoV transmission and pathology evidence?
Siew Woh Choo, Jinfeng Zhou. Conservation Letters
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