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GEI 2017 Year in Review

Video: Capturing the living ecosystem and natural wonder of Sanjiangyuan from a drone – GEI 2018

Silk Road Spirit

Our guiding mission and vision for GEI's Strategic Plan (2017-2020)

Global Environmental Institute is committed to realizing a future that is economically and environmentally sustainable. In 2017, we continued producing research, projects and recommendations in order to support Chinese government and enterprises to strategize the most ‘green’ way forward domestically and abroad.

In 2017, we increased our own capacity and partnerships domestically, and expanded each of our program areas internationally, with projects in Belt and Road countries. We are pleased to share our 2017 achievements, progress and activities with you. 


A Message from GEI’s Executive Director: “With now over three decades of experience conducting environmental work in China, I am cautiously optimistic that we are in a new era of development.” Mdm. Jin

Photo: Grassroots volunteer ecological patrol team after a day of trash pick-up on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau  – GEI 2017

Scaled-up Conservation

Our Community Conservation Concession Agreement mechanism helps protect over 34,000 acres in China and Myanmar.

From China’s watershed to grassland areas, GEI has collaborated with at-risk communities to implement sustainable, alternative income sources that support local development and protect vulnerable ecosystems.

Just as wilderness spreads across country lines, GEI’s conservation efforts have grown beyond China’s borders. This year we not only helped launch China’s National Parks policy, which will conserve the country’s key biodiversity areas, but we also started our first Community Conservation Concession Agreements in Myanmar. 

Supported Local Conservation Efforts through Community Development

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China’s Sanjiangyuan National Park is based on GEI’s Conservation Mechanism.

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Photo: Supported China South-South Cooperation Fund’s $3.3 million in-kind Climate aid to Myanmar – GEI 2017

Developed New Tools

Our Renewable Energy Planning Kit is an evidence-based workbook that conducts macro and micro-economic cost-benefit analysis of  renewable energy technology. 

Since 2008, GEI has led more than 17 Chinese provinces and cities down a ‘green’ development path by helping over 2,000 policy makers and experts create more robust low-carbon policies. 

In 2017 we promoted the renewable energy development tool in the Guangzhou Huangpu Economic Development Zone (EDZ) – this is the first step in expanding the development and implementation of our renewable energy implementation toolkit to EDZs. We also were the first Chinese NGO to pilot South-South Climate Cooperation Funding overseas.

Conducted Renewable Energy Planning in a Special Economic Zone

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Critiqued & Analyzed China’s Carbon-Intensive Investments and Green Finance Strategies  

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Photo: GEI’s community Partner in Bilateral Forest Cooperation, Myanmar – GEI 2018

Grew Expertise

GEI’s new trade projects provide cutting edge environmental research on key supply chains in the global south.

GEI combines background research and high-level diplomacy with international and domestic agencies to improve China’s overseas policy and investment practices. In 2017, our focus trade sectors included timber, bamboo, and ivory.  

Our approach in the global south is multi-pronged and multi-level: facilitating bilateral exchange of government, business, media, and civil society stakeholders. Moving forward, GEI hopes to bridge international gaps and play a key role in China and the world’s sustainable development.

 Identified Loopholes in China’s Ivory Trade Ban 

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Photo: GEI’s External Communications Coordinator introducing the China – Africa Journalist Salon

Strategic Partnerships

In addition to publishing 'GEI Insight' blog posts and hosting events, we launched environmental education workshops and corporate partnerships to diversify fundraising and increase influence.

Our work would relies on partners and on-the-ground relationships. This year, GEI continued to expand our network within Beijing and around the world. Some highlights include public knowledge sharing and community building events, as well as NGO capacity building. As our earth’s future relies on global and individual action, GEI is dedicated to teaching the next generation with our environmental education programs

Experts say the biggest environmental challenge of our generation is communication.  We aim to raise awareness and share policy updates with our community through our informative bimonthly newsletter. 


 Expert opinions on important developments, events, and issues in 2017.

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