Dr. Astrid Skala Kuhmann and Zhou Jinfeng discuss Climate Change Response and Biodiversity Conservation
2019/11/5 15:03:00 本站

On the morning of October 30th, Dr. Astrid Skala kuhmann, the strategic consultant of F20, visited China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) and discussed climate change cooperation with CBCGDF’s Secretary-General Zhou Jinfeng and Deputy Secretary-General Xiao Qing.


Zhou Jinfeng warmly welcomed the guests and first introduced to Dr. Astrid Skala Kuhmann the establishment and development history of the CBCGDF, as well as CBCGDF’s efforts in dealing with climate change. For example, the CBCGDF established the good Food Fund to advocate a sustainable diet and plant diet to improve human health and the sustainable problem of the earth's environment. In terms of active participation in environmental governance, CBCGDF participated in and promoted sustainable development agenda through various channels. For example, in response to the severe global environmental challenge of “plastic pollution”, CBCGDF sent a letter to the Ministry of Education to suggest primary and secondary school students to stop using plastic textbook covers, and the suggestions have been highly valued. The CBCGDF also directly promoted the “Notice of the General Office of the Ministry of Education and Other Four Departments on the Implementation of Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization and the Enhancement of Ecological and Environmental Awareness in Primary and Secondary Schools” (Letter of the Teaching Materials Department 2019 No.6). This is a witness to China’s encouragement of public participation and social organizations’ participation in environmental governance and the establishment of a modern governance model.


Zhou Jinfeng mentioned that plastic textbook covers seem to be a small problem, but they run counter to the idea of ecological civilization advocated today. Also, climate change is not an individual act, but an issue that all human beings need to pay attention to. Therefore, we advocate Human-based Solutions (HbS) to deal with climate change, protect biodiversity and protect nature. In pursuit of the root cause, people’s power cannot be underestimated. If individuals, enterprises and other parties work together, the problem of plastic textbook covers can be effectively contained. On the other hand, it is also the best interpretation of social organizations’ deep participation in global governance.


The serious consequences of climate change will aggravate the rise of sea levels, such as New York, Shanghai, and other coastal cities will face the risk of being submerged, causing a crisis for human survival. Dr. Astrid Skala Kuhmann said that it is very important to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) will be held in Kunming, China next year, which is an excellent opportunity for both sides to promote sustainable development.


Zhou Jinfeng expressed his high recognition on this topic. He also introduced the necessity of building a global ecological civilization and talked about his previous advice to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which suggested that “ecological civilization” should be included in the post-2020 biodiversity framework. On September 6th, 2019, the CBD Secretariat officially announced that the theme of 2020 CBD COP15 is “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”. The CBCGDF will continue actively participate in the process of global biodiversity governance, and Dr. Zhou Jinfeng will go to Montreal, Canada, in early December to participate in the Thematic Consultation on Area-based Conservation Measures for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.


Dr. Astrid Skala Kuhmann is very friendly to China, and she has been actively promoting friendly exchanges and people-to-people ties between China and Germany for a long time. In the discussion, the two sides also talked about the close link between forests and biodiversity. Indeed, forests are not only the source of fresh air for human breath but also the habitat for wild animals and plants. Forests, especially those rich in biodiversity, are of great significance for the realization of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.


Dr. Astrid Skala Kuhmann then introduced the framework and mechanism of F20 to Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, which aims to call for global joint and transnational actions on sustainable development and to provide solutions to the most urgent environmental challenges today, namely, climate change and the transition to sustainable development based on renewable energy. The two sides look forward to strengthening exchanges in the future to jointly promote global climate governance and biodiversity conservation actions.


(Photo credit: CBCGDF)

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By / Xue Tongtong