Future Generations China teaches and enables a process for equitable community change that integrates environmental conservation with development. We envision a sustainable future for communities and ecosystems
Future Generations China has been committed to environmental protection in China since our founder Dr. Daniel Taylor helped establish a protected area around Mt. Everest in 1989. Much of our work involving communities that border national nature preserves is endorsed by Chinese president, Hu Jintao." Projects initially focused on community-based conservation, community development, and protected area management in Tibet. Over the years the breadth of our programs has grown and in 2007 Future Generations China was officially registered as an NGO in Hong Kong.
Programs not only address conservation in Tibet, but now include environmental education through the Youth Program (Green Long March Project and GEN Fellowship Project), sustainable development projects in rural China through the Model Eco-Community Project, and research /experience exchange projects through China Forum for Nature.
In the late 1980s, Future Generations assisted in the establishment and development of a management plan for Tibet's Qomolangma (Mt Everest) National Nature Preserve (QNNP). Since then it has supported a number of social development and conservation projects in the Tibet Autonomous Region, including program to train traditional community leaders known as ‘pendebas’. Training is provided in primary health care, public health, nature protection and income generation, including eco-tourism.
Youth programs’ core objective is to mentor university students across China as they seek environmental solutions on campuses and in communities. In 2007, Future Generations initiated the Green Long March, which over four years provided 5,000 youth from 80 universities with opportunities to dialogue, travel, and learn from China’s environmental successes. It is the largest youth-led conservation movement in China. Other youth projects include GEN Fellowship Project and Youth in Development Forum.
Model Eco-Community Program is aimed to bring sustainable development to rural communities throughout China, particularly those situated in and around sensitive ecologies and designated nature preserves. The residents of these communities have traditionally borne the dual burdens of economic viability and environmental preservation without the requisite knowledge or tools. The Model Eco-Community (MEC) Project brings sustainable development to them.
China Forum for Nature is a national forum which gathers experts all over the world, staff from nature reserves, community people living around the nature reserves together to explore China’s success in nature preservation, to consider new environmental preservation initiatives, to examine the current state of China’s nature reserves and to propose plans for the future of nature preservation in China.
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