Chinese delegation. A delegation of 21 high-level officials from China was on campus July 11-22, participating in an executive program developed for them by the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).
The directors-general at the Chinese State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) and administrators of provincial Environmental Protection Bureaus, who hailed from many different regions of China, came to Yale to learn how environmental problems are handled in the United States. The program, chaired by F&ES professors Marian Chertow and Daniel Esty, focused on industrial ecology, law and policy, and environmental management -- areas of special importance to SEPA's goal of helping China achieve more sustainable economic growth. The course marked the first time that SEPA has partnered with a non-governmental organization, and was the latest of many China-related F&ES programs.
Sustainable forestry. F&ES was also the site of an international symposium in June exploring the social, ecological and economic effects of forest certification in developing and transitioning societies.
By certifying forests that meet a specific set of environmental, economic and social standards, some nations are trying to create a market-based incentive for good forest management. The symposium brought together a group of practitioners from around the world, as well as representatives from donor agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and the private sector. The event was co-hosted by The Yale Program on Forest Certification, in cooperation with the Rainforest Alliance, the University of Tasmania and the State University of New York at Buffalo.