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Elion Resources Group Wins Green Great Wall Medal for Afforestation and Reforestation Work

BEIJING, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — China’s national forestry and grassland administration has recently honored regional government officials, individuals, and enterprises who have made remarkable contributions to the Three-North Shelter Forest Program. Wang Wenbiao, Chairman of Elion Resources Group, last year’s winner of Lifetime Achievement Champion of the Earth from the UN Environment Programme, was awarded the Green Great Wall Medal.

The Greening of Kubuqi Desert

The year 2018 marks not only the 40th anniversary of Reform and Opening in China, but also the 40th anniversary of China’s mega afforestation project — the Three-North Shelter Forest Program, also known as the Green Great Wall.

Initiated in 1978, the program was planned to last 70 years, creating a 4,480km long green belt along China’s north frontiers to hold back the expanding Gobi Desert, and prevent soil erosion, land degradation, and now it has taken on additional importance for storing carbon dioxide to tackle global warming.

With an estimated investment of 5.5 billion RMB, the program has created a total afforestation area of more than 30 million hectares in the past 40 years, which has increased the forest coverage from 5.05% in 1977 to 13.57% and has helped reduce 11,479 km² of desertified areas in the three northern regions of China between 2009 and 2014 alone, according to the administration.

“The greening project of Kubuqi Desert is an important part of the Three-North Program,” said Wang. “I think what distinguishes the Kubuqi project is that Elion has created the market-oriented Kubuqi model, which boosts the local economy during the process of combating desertification. We have reclaimed more than 6,000 km² of the Kubuqi Desert, and this can’t happen without the joint participation of the government of Inner Mongolia, local residents of Kubuqi, and Elion, as an ecology company that provides technologies, experts, investment and job opportunities in this project. ”

The Kubuqi Desert, located in Inner Mongolia, is the seventh largest desert in China, with a total area of 18,600 km2. It is also the closest desert to Beijing and used to be one of the major sources of sandstorms hitting Beijing and the Tianjin Region.

Over the past three decades (the Elion Kubuqi Greening Project started in 1988), Elion has devoted persistent efforts to have restored one third of the desert and lifted more than 100,000 local residents out of poverty by developing eco-industries, such as solar power generation, tourism, and desert agriculture, in the Kubuqi Desert. As evaluated by the UN Environment, Kubuqi has been generating more than 72 Billion USD green wealth based on eco-restoration. The annual income of local residents has been raised from less than 110USD per capita to more than 2,500USD per capita. Kubuqi is now recognized as a green economy model by the Chinese government and the UN Environment Programme.

The Kubuqi model is now being shared in other parts of the world as Elion expands its business in African countries, including Nigeria and Morocco.

“Since the reform and opening up, the Chinese government has been encouraging private sectors to participate in public programs,” Wang said. “The Kubuqi model is a vivid example of this type of partnership, and it actually helps, because as a private company, we want to make sure every dollar we spend counts, so we are motivated to develop our technologies and enhance the survival rate of the saplings, also to focus on economic crops. Apart from Kubuqi, Elion is also responsible for another section of the Three-North Program in Hebei Province for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“China effectively succeeded in not only halting the desert but in reversing the desertification. The Three-North program is the world’s largest afforestation and reforestation program and also a resounding success. This program has made a highly significant contribution to the global efforts towards protecting the eco-system and maintaining eco-system security,” said Alexander Buck, the executive director of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) during a meeting in Beijing for the 40th anniversary of the Three-North Program.

Indeed, tackling global issues such as climate change and desertification requires united efforts worldwide at all levels. Not only China but also African countries are building their wall of trees to fight against desertification. Launched in 2007, the Great Green Wall, is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African Continent, but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration.

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CONTACT: Wei Xu, +86-13426310983, xuweicuc@gmail.com

Elion Resources Group Wins Green Great Wall Medal for Afforestation and Reforestation Work

BEIJING, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — China’s national forestry and grassland administration has recently honored regional government officials, individuals, and enterprises who have made remarkable contributions to the Three-North Shelter Forest Program. Wang Wenbiao, Chairman of Elion Resources Group, last year’s winner of Lifetime Achievement Champion of the Earth from the UN Environment Programme, was awarded the Green Great Wall Medal.

The Greening of Kubuqi Desert

The year 2018 marks not only the 40th anniversary of Reform and Opening in China, but also the 40th anniversary of China’s mega afforestation project — the Three-North Shelter Forest Program, also known as the Green Great Wall.

Initiated in 1978, the program was planned to last 70 years, creating a 4,480km long green belt along China’s north frontiers to hold back the expanding Gobi Desert, and prevent soil erosion, land degradation, and now it has taken on additional importance for storing carbon dioxide to tackle global warming.

With an estimated investment of 5.5 billion RMB, the program has created a total afforestation area of more than 30 million hectares in the past 40 years, which has increased the forest coverage from 5.05% in 1977 to 13.57% and has helped reduce 11,479 km² of desertified areas in the three northern regions of China between 2009 and 2014 alone, according to the administration.

“The greening project of Kubuqi Desert is an important part of the Three-North Program,” said Wang. “I think what distinguishes the Kubuqi project is that Elion has created the market-oriented Kubuqi model, which boosts the local economy during the process of combating desertification. We have reclaimed more than 6,000 km² of the Kubuqi Desert, and this can’t happen without the joint participation of the government of Inner Mongolia, local residents of Kubuqi, and Elion, as an ecology company that provides technologies, experts, investment and job opportunities in this project. ”

The Kubuqi Desert, located in Inner Mongolia, is the seventh largest desert in China, with a total area of 18,600 km2. It is also the closest desert to Beijing and used to be one of the major sources of sandstorms hitting Beijing and the Tianjin Region.

Over the past three decades (the Elion Kubuqi Greening Project started in 1988), Elion has devoted persistent efforts to have restored one third of the desert and lifted more than 100,000 local residents out of poverty by developing eco-industries, such as solar power generation, tourism, and desert agriculture, in the Kubuqi Desert. As evaluated by the UN Environment, Kubuqi has been generating more than 72 Billion USD green wealth based on eco-restoration. The annual income of local residents has been raised from less than 110USD per capita to more than 2,500USD per capita. Kubuqi is now recognized as a green economy model by the Chinese government and the UN Environment Programme.

The Kubuqi model is now being shared in other parts of the world as Elion expands its business in African countries, including Nigeria and Morocco.

“Since the reform and opening up, the Chinese government has been encouraging private sectors to participate in public programs,” Wang said. “The Kubuqi model is a vivid example of this type of partnership, and it actually helps, because as a private company, we want to make sure every dollar we spend counts, so we are motivated to develop our technologies and enhance the survival rate of the saplings, also to focus on economic crops. Apart from Kubuqi, Elion is also responsible for another section of the Three-North Program in Hebei Province for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“China effectively succeeded in not only halting the desert but in reversing the desertification. The Three-North program is the world’s largest afforestation and reforestation program and also a resounding success. This program has made a highly significant contribution to the global efforts towards protecting the eco-system and maintaining eco-system security,” said Alexander Buck, the executive director of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) during a meeting in Beijing for the 40th anniversary of the Three-North Program.

Indeed, tackling global issues such as climate change and desertification requires united efforts worldwide at all levels. Not only China but also African countries are building their wall of trees to fight against desertification. Launched in 2007, the Great Green Wall, is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African Continent, but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration.

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CONTACT: Wei Xu, +86-13426310983, xuweicuc@gmail.com

Brother’s keeper says character building crucial for street kids’ re-integration

BLANTYRE: Brother’s keeper, a faith-based organization has called on the government and other NGOs to focus on character building of street kids if the reintegration process with their families is to be successful.

Leader of Brother’s Keeper, Asante Masanga made the call in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday ahead of a fundraising dinner at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel on December 2, aimed at soliciting funds for its street kids Impact House in Mbayani.

Morally street kids don’t have character because they don’t have a capacity to learn about a good character. We are coming in to help in character development,

We have identified a house in Mbayani, which we call an Impact House where these kids instead of coming to town, can come and get whatever they need. We are providing them with primary school education, teaching them skills like tailoring and bricklaying, he said.

Masanga said apart from the social economic skills being learnt, the kids are also taught discipleship as part of character building.

We are teaching them all these for a period of six months and then they are re-integrated into the society, he added.

He pointed out that lack of mentorship among street kids has resulted in most of them being aggressive as they focus on survival.

They lack mentorship and at the same time have to survive. They work for other big boys who demand aggressiveness and violence from them to be accepted, he said.

Masanga further said he appreciates the efforts which the government and other NGOs are doing in improving the lives of street kids but said more needed to be done if the country is to successfully re-integrate them.

The idea has been to integrate them and government has been trying to do that and once they send them back to their villages, they come back within some days because they cannot cope with that life in the village, he said, adding that re- integration is a process that involves speaking to the mind.

Government in 2017/18 national budget planned a massive re-integration campaign aimed at removing all street kids from the street and to take tougher action on parents and guardians who let their kids roam free in streets.

Brother’s Keeper is a branch of Disciple Ministries which was introduced to look into the welfare of street kids. And the fundraising dinner will attract K25,000, 00 per head.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Brother’s keeper says character building crucial for street kids’ re-integration

BLANTYRE: Brother’s keeper, a faith-based organization has called on the government and other NGOs to focus on character building of street kids if the reintegration process with their families is to be successful.

Leader of Brother’s Keeper, Asante Masanga made the call in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday ahead of a fundraising dinner at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel on December 2, aimed at soliciting funds for its street kids Impact House in Mbayani.

Morally street kids don’t have character because they don’t have a capacity to learn about a good character. We are coming in to help in character development,

We have identified a house in Mbayani, which we call an Impact House where these kids instead of coming to town, can come and get whatever they need. We are providing them with primary school education, teaching them skills like tailoring and bricklaying, he said.

Masanga said apart from the social economic skills being learnt, the kids are also taught discipleship as part of character building.

We are teaching them all these for a period of six months and then they are re-integrated into the society, he added.

He pointed out that lack of mentorship among street kids has resulted in most of them being aggressive as they focus on survival.

They lack mentorship and at the same time have to survive. They work for other big boys who demand aggressiveness and violence from them to be accepted, he said.

Masanga further said he appreciates the efforts which the government and other NGOs are doing in improving the lives of street kids but said more needed to be done if the country is to successfully re-integrate them.

The idea has been to integrate them and government has been trying to do that and once they send them back to their villages, they come back within some days because they cannot cope with that life in the village, he said, adding that re- integration is a process that involves speaking to the mind.

Government in 2017/18 national budget planned a massive re-integration campaign aimed at removing all street kids from the street and to take tougher action on parents and guardians who let their kids roam free in streets.

Brother’s Keeper is a branch of Disciple Ministries which was introduced to look into the welfare of street kids. And the fundraising dinner will attract K25,000, 00 per head.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Malawi to add 60 megawatts from solar

Salima: President Arthur Peter Mutharika is expected to attend a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of JMC Matswani Solar Corporation Solar Farm for electricity generation in Salima, which will add 60 megawatts to the national grid.

According to information from Salima District Council, the function will take place on December 3,2018 at Kanzimbe Village in Senior Chief Kalonga.

The project seeks to develop a 60 megawatt solar photovoltaic with 244 000 solar panels in a 160 hector piece of land which will sell power to ESCOM to help minimize blackouts.

Speaking with Malawi News Agency (MANA), local coordinator for JCM solar corporation company, Jonas Sani, said the site that has been identified for the IPP set up is expected to be fully functional in the next five months.

The only challenge is the delay of the transformer which we ordered for us to start the work, it is taking too long to get here for ESCOM approval, said Sani.

The District Commissioner for Salima, Charles Mwawembe, hailed JCM Project, saying it will help reduce blackouts, not only in Salima, but also in Malawi as a whole.

The solar electricity will be constructed at Kanzimbe Village in Senior Chief Kalonga by JCM Company.

Sani said in the last two years, the company has bought 160 hectares of land and settled all the compensations.

The project is has been developed by JCM Matswani Solar Corporation Limited which is owned by Canada’s JCM Power and Infra Co. Africa Limited, that operates as a private power supply.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA