Members exchange – China learns nature education experiences from Africa

CEC members Maria Moate, Manager on Environmental Education, South Africa National Parks and Margaret Otieno, CEO, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya were invited to Beijing to share their experiences on nature education, national parks management and wildlife conservation

Upon invitation of a #NatureForAll partner and CEC member’s organization- Beijing Forestry and Parks Department of International Cooperation (BFPIC), Maria and Margaret visited Beijing in May and August 2017 respectively.

Maria shared her 30+ years’ experiences with over 100 staff from Beijing forest parks on the design of education projects and the overall national parks management in South Africa. Badaling Great Wall Environmental Education Center and other two local forest parks benefited from Maria’s visit and advice on nature education infrastructure and projectmonitoring.

Margaret delivered a training to a group of 30 people from nature reserves in Beijing, introducing wildlife conservation work in Kenya and how Wildlife Clubs of Kenya has been promoting public participation in conservation,especially youth. Margaret also paid a visit to Beijing Wildlife Rescue Center, Two parties exchanged methods on rescue endangered species in China and Kenya.

These exchange visits are of great importance given that China is developing its national parks system, the increasing demand on nature education in China, as well as illegal trade of endangered wildlife between Africa and China.

These two CEC members’ visits to Beijing were facilitated by Hanying Li, CEC Steering Committee member and East Asia Outreach Coordinator.

About the Author

Hanying Li is a passionate development professional with a strong interest in environmental education, communications and public campaigns gained over a period of 21 years. Hanying's professional career includes 15 years of experience working in China on policy advocacy, communications and fundraising. In addition, for over five years she promoted sustainable conservation in the Greater Indian Ocean area and implemented a fundraising strategy in the Asia Pacific region.

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