China’s Green Development Concept Reaching out to Macanese Students

28 Jul 2014

imageBeijing-Macao Exchange Event expected to bode well for the two regions’ cooperation in volunteerism

Far from the burning downtown of Beijing City, a group of local and Macanese students were serving as volunteer forest teachers for about 70 local pupils in the suburbs on 26th July after receiving tailor-made training the previous day. In the multi-functional Badaling Forest Experience Center, the indoor tour was conducted under the guidance of the center’s professional staff. After the tour the students led the outdoor lesson in the forest zone, full of botanical knowledge to be relayed to the pupils. There were also elementary lectures on calculating one’s personal carbon footprint.

The volunteer teaching service was part of an event entitled the “Beijing-Macao Ecological Cultural Exchange and Forestry Education Volunteer Service”, held under a forestry carbon sequestration project officially known as UNDP-Macao Initiative for Carbon Sequestration through Sustainable Forest Management. Other components of the Macanese students’ five-day mission trip from 24th to 28th July included visiting a recycled straw gasification station which enabled them to inspect how villages in Beijing have adopted innovative technology to satisfy residential demands; the Beijing DQY Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd, famous for its circular economy model and biomass gasification; Badaling New Energy and Environmental Protection Industry Base, with Asia’s first-ever megawatt solar power tower and renewable energy scientific center (covering an area of 600m2); environmentally-themed exhibitions in the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection which promoted China’s policies and efforts to fulfill their global commitment to addressing climate change; as well as attending lectures in the UNDP compound presented by representatives from the UNV Programme and UNDP in China.

Acting as a bridge between the local and Macanese volunteers, this ecological exchange fully embodied the essence of the UNDP-Macao Initiative and helped expand the students’ horizons by showcasing the cutting-edge technologies originating in and introduced to China. These technologies will have a profound and positive effect on the universal environmental revolution sweeping the globe, while the UNDP focus areas in China as well as the UNV’s contributions to peace and development also helped shine a spotlight on their possible roles in these important global issues.

The UNDP-Macao Initiative for Carbon Sequestration through Sustainable Forest Management is a UNDP project jointly implemented by UNDP China, Beijing Forestry Carbon Administration and Macao SAR Government, which aims to develop technical guidelines for sustainable forest management based carbon sequestration to produce multiple co-benefits such as improving biodiversity and local livelihood besides increasing carbon sequestration.