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Partner Profile: Green Anhui

The polluted Huai River in Anhui.

Name: Green Anhui

Director: Zhou Xiang

Region: Anhui province

Chinese-language website: http://ahhjxx.org

Mission: Green Anhui promotes sustainable development between humans and the environment through creative environmental activities, public environmental education and policy advocacy. Established in 2003 by a group of journalists, environmental activists, students and scientific experts, Green Anhui now has offices in three major cities in AnhuiProvince - the capital city Hefei, industry-heavy Bengbu, and the commercial city of Wuhu.

Programs/Strategies: Green Anhui operates several different types of community environmental programs. Their primary program is the protection of the HuaiRiver through educational activities in grade schools and universities, river investigation tours, conservation publications, and other public outreach programs. Green Anhui has also organized "Green Media Salons" training thousands of journalists on environmental issues and reporting. Green Anhui has conducted high-profile conferences that brought together government officials, experts, activists and concerned citizens. Green Anhui's work has raised environmental awareness to an unprecedented level in AnhuiProvince.

Accomplishments: Through their comprehensive strategies of long term public environmental education, extensive outreach to the media, governments and communities and diligent investigations, Green Anhui has successfully established a very effective network of stakeholders that monitor and protect the environmental health of AnhuiProvince. They have successfully closed down three polluting chemical plants and forced the Environmental Protection Bureau to restrict approval of industrial projects.

Current Project(s): Green Anhui is conducting a series of educational forums on environmental health aimed at the village population on ChaoLake in the city of Wuhu. They have launched investigations into the negligent production and processing of waste by chemical plants in the heavily industrial city of Bengbu in northeast Anhui. Green Anhui is also continuing their effort to monitor polluting practices by building an Anhui-province media network of journalists and a youth network of volunteers.

Asia Society interview with Green Anhui founder Zhou Xiang