Topic: Ecology & Sustainable Development

Ecology & Sustainable Development

Global sustainable development lies at the heart of our work. In Germany as well as in our offices worldwide, a wide range of projects and activities focus on questions regarding environmental protection, sustainable use of resources, the promotion of renewable energies, sustainable agriculture, climate change, etc. According to our understanding, the concept of sustainability is not merely limited to its ecological dimensions, but also to the issue of equitable social development and cannot be separated from the question of how to decouple economic growth from resource consumption and negative environmental impacts.

China is faced with huge challenges in all of these areas. China’s government has committed itself to improve its own ecological situation and also wants to take on a more responsible role globally.

In this program area the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Beijing Representative Office together with its partners engages in debates for example on China’s energy and climate change policies as well as China’s new environmental protection law. We support organizations to do research and capacity building. We also organize study visits and provide a platform for different Chinese as well as international stakeholders to debate and share their expertise.


Resource Politics for a Fair Future


How could a just resource politics look like? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Perspectives Asia 1/13 - Copper, Coal and Conflict


In this issue, our authors report on conflicts stemming from coal and copper mining in Afghanistan, India, and Myanmar. The articles on Cambodia and on Inner Mongolia in China illustrate how the traditional economic models and ways of life of indigenous populations suffer from the unrestrained exploitation of raw materials.

Debates on Sustainability

Jointly with the Consensus Media Group the hbs China office has held a podium discussion on development, growth and sustainability between the hbs president, Barbara Unmüßig, and one of China’s most influential intellectuals, the economic historian Prof. Qin Hui.


Energy transition - the globale Energiewende