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The SISC collaborates with the JUMP! Foundation on water conservation education

On Monday April 18th, 2016, The Shangri-La Institute for Sustainable Communities collaborated with The JUMP! Foundation (for information see their website here) and the Beijing Jintai Museum in Chaoyang Park for a social learning session based on water conservation.

The 9 students from Hangzhou and facilitators from The JUMP! Foundation and the SISC came together with SISC Vice- Director Philip Xie for the session, which saw the lines between educator and student blurred as the students took the stage one by one to explain their knowledge of various topics related to water conservation in China.

Have a look at some photos of the session below!

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We hope that this will be the first on many collaborations with the JUMP! Foundation.

The SISC are grateful to the Beijing Jintai museum for providing their space for this event. The Jintai museum is a fascinating space established by Yuan Xikun, a leading artist and sculptor, and the Museum has held hundreds of events since its opening in 1997.

Resources: River Yangtze Bird Book

Wild birds are in important part of nature, and bird watching is an interesting and enjoyable way for people to come into contact with their local environment. The Yangtze River basin has a complex and varied climate, with abundant water resources & plantlife, it provides a great habitat for birds to breed and winter. To improve bird identification along the river, The Shangri-la Institute has planned and published “Yangtze River Basin Bird Watching Guide” as part of the Swarovski Water School project. This book introduces creative techniques to improve the accuracy of bird watching, including painting and fill-in activities, and is a great resource for both the general public and in youth activities.

Public Event: “Nature and People”

SISC joined up with the Dutch Embassy, Beijing Forestry Society and IUCN  (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in Honglingjin Park, Beijing, for a public ‘long walk’. This event aimed to raise public knowledge of forest ecology, biodiversity, water resources while bringing the public closer to nature through conservation activities and learning how to enjoy a healthy life.

Nearly 1,000 people attended, including primary school students from the Netherlands and China. SISC’s display featured the Water School for a Living Yangtze project, with project staff briefng participants on the plants and wildlife of the Yangtze River Basin. One game organised was based on the migration pattern of the black-necked crane from Qinghai to Shangri-la and the damaging effects of climate change on their natural habitat, introducing the public to the importance of positive action that contributes to the protection of the environment.

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From our Chinese language blog at sino.com:

http://blog.sina.com.cn/shangrilainsutitute