Since 1997, the China Environment Forum has implemented projects, workshops, and exchanges that bring together U.S., Chinese, and other environmental policy experts to explore the most imperative environmental and sustainable development issues in China and to examine opportunities for business, governmental, and nongovernmental communities to collaboratively address these issues.

The networks built and knowledge gathered through meetings, publications, and research activities have established CEF as one of the most reliable sources for China-environment information and given CEF the capacity to undertake long-term and specialized projects on topics such as building new U.S.-China energy and climate networks, the water-energy nexus in China, environmental governance, food safety, water management, nongovernmental organization development, environmental justice, and municipal financing for environmental infrastructure.

Established by Congress in 1968 as a living memorial to the 28th President of the United States, the Wilson Center tackles critical global challenges by providing an essential bridge between policymaking and actionable ideas drawn from the world’s finest research, analysis, and nonpartisan dialogue.

CEF currently has three primary topical focus areas:

  1. Choke Point: China – Exploring the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Underlying China’s astounding economic rise is an increasingly fierce competition for water that threatens to upend the country’s progress. As part of a rich collection of original research, the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue have produced 16 online multimedia stories and numerous infographics that illustrate the intensifying confrontation between energy demand and freshwater supply in China. New Choke Point: China stories will be published throughout fall 2012 with Choke Point: India reporting due out early 2013. We are currently looking to expand this work to a larger, global initiative.
  1. Cooperative Competitors: US-China Clean Energy Relations: As the world’s top two energy consumers and carbon emitters, the United State and China will play decisive role in creating a clean energy future. While solar PV trade tensions have clouded U.S.-China clean energy relations over the past year, a large number of U.S. states and local governments have been successful in encouraging Chinese clean energy investments as a part of larger efforts to promote clean energy development to create jobs.  Starting in November 2012, in partnership with the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Partnership and Colorado State University, CEFwill work with policymakers, NGOs, businesses, and scholars to create meetings, exchanges and publications that promote dialogue and build the capacity of Chinese and U.S. stakeholders in clean energy investments, particularly in the United States.
  1. Complex Connections: Environmental Governance Challenges Within and Beyond China’s Borders: CEF has long helped empower “environmental problem solvers”—professionals skilled in creating new strategies and tools to uphold environmental regulations, advance the rule of law, and promote environmental stewardship in China and beyond. In the coming year, in partnership with Vermont Law School, CEF will continue to create dialogues and research that examine a broad range of environmental governance issues, ranging from environmental legal advocates pushing public interest law cases to the environmental and social impacts of China’s overseas oil, mineral, and gas investments and timber and fish industries.

For the past two years, China Environment Forum meetings, research, and publication activities have been supported by Skoll Global Threats Fund, Vermont Law School, The Walt Disney Company, USAID, Hewlett Foundation, Blue Moon Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Energy Foundation.


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