Xu Jintao and Shi Xiangying attended the UN Climate Change Conference and UN Biodiversity Conference. Gathering with participants from various countries, Xu Jintao shared his research story on how to better manage forests to address climate change. Shi Xiangying, the executive director of an NGO dedicated to biodiversity conservation, shared her research experience with plateau ecosystems and local communities.
Xu Jintao and Shi Xiangying attended the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in November, and then the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) held in Montreal, Canada, in December 2022.
The Climate Registry Pavilion and The China Pavilion at COP27
Xu Jintao talks about the role of forest carbon sinks in climate action. Photo: Shi Xiangying
Jintao was invited to the panel discussion at The Climate Registry Pavilion hosted by The Nature Conservancy and The California-China Climate Institute(CCCI) on 14 Nov. The topic of this discussion was Scaling Nature-based Climate Solutions Across China and California: What Will It Take? Being one of the speakers, Jintao shared his researcher’s point of view on forest carbon sinks and climate change. He believes that, with appropriate policy incentives, forests can make a significant contribution to achieving carbon neutrality and mitigating climate change.
The China Pavilion of COP27 was held on November 17 and the topic was Nature-based Solutions Promote Synergy between Addressing Climate Change and Conserving Biodiversity. Xu Jintao was invited to give a keynote speech on Policy and Perspective of Forestry addressing Climate Change.
Xu Jintao giving a keynote speech at The China Pavilion of COP27. Photo: Shi Xiangying
Shi Xiangying, the Executive Director of the Shanshui Conservation Center and a researcher with extensive field experience, attended the panel discussion on how NGOs help promote nature-based solutions and synergies between climate change and biodiversity conservation in China. As both being experienced NGO staff and a resource economics researcher, she shared stories about what NGOs can do to help local communities in fields that the market and government can hardly address, and how to use policy tools for sustainable ecosystems.
Shi Xiangying shares her NGO experiences in plateau biodiversity at The China Pavilion of COP27. Photo: Xu Jintao
The China Pavilion at COP15
The UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) was held in Montreal, Canada. The China Pavilion Side Event on the theme of Traditions, Contributions, and Future of Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation was on the afternoon of December 9.
Shi Xiangying shared a case study about community conservation and cultural practices on the Tibetan plateau and the mountain areas of southwest China. She called on enterprises to consider the impacts on biodiversity and the local community during site selection, construction, and development. She hopes that more companies would take the initiative to disclose data related to biodiversity and that more people will become aware of the importance of community conservation and biodiversity.
Xu Jintao was invited to a panel discussion about promoting and committing to a broader partnership among various stakeholders.
Left to right: LU Zhi, Founder of Shanshui Conservation Center; Sam KING, Yale University; PENG Kui, Global Environment Institute; JIANG Zeyin, SEE Foundation; LU Yiming, Artist; XU Jintao, Peking University, in the panel discussion at The China Pavilion Side Event of COP15. Photo: Shanshui Conservation Center.