March 07, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:30am
The premier’s prioritization of land reforms stems from the fact that as China’s urban and industrial sectors continue to grow, China is now suffering one of the worst rural-urban income gaps in the world. At least 120 million people still live under the international poverty line, with the vast majority residing in the countryside. Moreover, more than 4 million rural people every year lose their most important assets – land – due to government takings. On March 7th, Roy Prosterman and Zhu Keliang from Landesa will give a presentation based on a unique field study produced collaboratively by Landesa (formerly known as the Rural Development Institute), China Renmin University, and Michigan State University. And Megan Kram from The Nature Conservancy will discuss highlights from the book she authored: Protecting China’s Biodiversity – A Guide to Land Use, Land Tenure, and Land Protection Tools.
Stepping Lighter? Environmental and Social Impacts of China’s Overseas Oil, Mineral, and Gas Investments
January 13, 2012 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
To get the New Year rolling here at the Wilson Center, we start off with a CEF meeting on Friday January 13th (10:00-12:00) discussing the drivers and ecological impacts of China’s overseas investments in the oil and mining sectors. Our three speakers—Erica Downs (Brookings); Adina Matisoff (Friends of Earth); and Derek Scissors (The Heritage Foundation)—will share case studies and insights into Chinese investments in oil and minerals, as well as trends in China Development Bank loans and the financing of energy projects overseas.
Book Discussion - World Under Pressure: How China and India are Influencing the Global Economy and Environment
December 09, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Carl Dahlman's new book "World Under Pressure: How China and India are Influencing the Global Economy and Environment."
China’s Threatened Waters: Video Series Screening and Discussion on Wetland Destruction and Other Vulnerable Waterways in China
November 07, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
As a result of China’s rapid economic growth in recent decades, coupled with climate change, vast swathes of China’s wetlands have now disappeared. These changes are having serious consequences for the millions of people who rely on these sources of water and also severely affecting the flora and fauna of these regions, pushing many to the brink of extinction. Photographer and videographer Sean Gallagher spent 2010 traveling thousands of kilometers across China for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Asia Society’s China Green, to document the diverse impacts of wetlands disappearance across the breadth of the country. We will screen some of Sean’s wetland videos. Following the screening of the short wetland videos and Sean’s comments, Zhao Zhong will talk about some of the successes and challenges to the campaigns and programs his NGO have conducted in northern China to protect wetlands and rivers from pollution.
October 26, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Scientists from the Himalayas, Andes, and Appalachians met recently at Nepal’s Imja Lake to discuss a number of wide-ranging conclusions about glacial decline and the threat of glacial lake outburst floods.
October 18, 2011 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Peter Gleick and colleagues find that more and more regions of the world, the United States included, may be reaching the point of “peak water.” To conserve this critical resource without harming the economy or public health, individuals are looking for new techniques in sustainable water management.
September 26, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The Third Pole – an area of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau and home to the largest reserve of fresh water outside the Arctic and Antarctic – is a region familiar to both earthquakes and dam projects. This irreconcilable reality is at the center of an emerging debate, raising environmental and security concerns as regional governments scramble for clean energy resources and control over a precious water source.
September 12, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Brahma Chellaney, one of India's most prominent strategists, discusses the threat posed by water tensions in Asia.
August 11, 2011 // 10:30am — 11:30am
Come join the Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Asia Program for a conversation with Taiwan's Minister of Environmental Protection, Dr. Stephen Shu-Hung Shen, to learn about work the EPA and Taiwan have been doing since 2010 to engage regional partners to advance global capacity in the remediation of contaminated sites, e-waste recycling and management, and reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ports.
July 26, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Dams, dams, and more dams! China is home to roughly half the world's large dams, and hydropower is set to play a key role in helping China meet its 2020 carbon intensity reduction commitments. Dozens of new large hydro projects are underway across the southwestern part of the country, where steep mountains and big rivers mean great hydro potential. Yet many of those projects are in culturally or ecologically sensitive areas that are home to large concentrations of ethnic minorities, and may involve trans-boundary rivers – all of which bring the long-term sustainability of the projects to the fore.