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CCAN 2016 Annual Meeting was Held in Tianjin

China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN) 2016 Annual Meeting was held in Tianjin, 21-23 April, 2016. 30 representatives from 21 CCAN members gathered together for further cooperation in addressing climate change issues. The agenda includes work plan discussion and CCAN board biennial election, internal training and field trip. Mr. Haoming Huang, Executive Director of CANGO gave a welcome speech during the opening session to talk about the challenges and opportunities for Chinese NGOs. It’s time for Chinese environmental NGOs to have healthy development, pointed out by Mr. Huang in his speech. The Charity Law and the forthcoming Overseas NGO Management Law provide legal basis and safeguard for NGOs. And Chinese environmental NGOs should focus on how to cooperate with the government, improve management capacity, optimize deployment of public and private resources to cope with climate change, participate in global climate governance and international cooperation. Ms. Xiangyi Wang, Director of International Department and Representative of CCAN Secretariat gave a presentation on CCAN 2015 work report and 2016 work plan. Ms. Ting Xu, Project Manager of Heinrich Boell Foundation (hbs) introduced their project and expressed their willingness to continually support CCAN development. Ms. Li Li, Executive Director of EnviroFriends and Chinese Coordinator of East-Asia Forum on Climate Change gave briefing on preparation work of the 5th East-Asia Forum on Climate Change which will be held in Kyoto, Japan. Three representatives from CCAN member organizations will participate in this upcoming forum. During the work plan discussion session, 21 CCAN member organizations shared 2016 work plan on climate change respectively and followed group discussion on potential cooperation opportunities. During CCAN board biennial election, 5 current board members shared their experience and provided suggestions to next CCAN board.  New CCAN board members, including Ms. Li Li from EnviroFriends, Ms. Yuan Wang from Friends of Nature, Mr. Tao Zhang from Friends of Green China Tianjin, Ms. Hong Ye from Yangtze Delta Ecology Society and Ms. Xiangyi Wang from CCAN secretariat, were selected through voting by all participating members. During the internal training session, Ms. Yuan Wang, Project Manager of Low-carbon Family, Friends of Nature introduced project design and management process and Ms. Yu Sun, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Impact Assessment made speech on NGOs and media in aim to strengthen NGOs’ capacity for media promotion. In addition, Ms. Chao Jiang from Rock Environment and Energy Institute introduced Health Impact Assessment (HIA), Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) and 2020 Healthcare Climate Change Challenge. Ms. Hongyu Guo from Greenovation Hub presented updates of NGO in the field of climate change engaging 2016 G20. Mr. Chunliang Li from Pesticide Eco-Alternatives Center introduced projects on ecological agriculture and marketing. A field trip was organized on the last day, participants came to the coast in Binhai New Area to pick up marine debris to support Coastal Cleanup and Monitoring Project in China. One of this project’s twelve monitoring points is set in the coastal area in Tianjin, which Friends of Green China Tianjin, a CCAN member organization, takes charge of.