July 2016 (China): The GDSA Secretariat facilitated the participation of government officials from Botswana and Liberia to participate in an exchange trip to China. During this trip, the government officials discussed issues of renewable energy with the Chinese National Energy Administration, met with the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, and participated in the Eco-Forum Global’s Annual Conference in Guiyang, China.
Discussions on renewable energy with the National Energy Administration
The GDSA delegation - including the Botswana Minister of Environment, Wildlife, and Tourism and the Executive Director of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency - met with the Chinese National Energy Administration. They also visited with renewable energy companies in Beijing, including Goldwing.
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
The delegation of five government officials from the GDSA, led by the Executive Director of the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency Anyaa Vohiri, visited INBAR headquarters in Beijing on July 13 to learn more about the ecological benefits of bamboo and rattan. They also met with Dr. Hans Friederich, the Director-General of the organization. INBAR is a multilateral development organization of 41 Member States for the promotion of Bamboo and Rattan. The organization connects a global network of partners from the government, private, and not-for-profit sectors to define and implement a global agenda for sustainable development with bamboo and rattan.
Eco-Forum Global’s Annual Conference
To conclude the visit, the GDSA delegation attended the Eco-Forum Global's Annual Conference in Guiyang, China. The exchange participants witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Conservation International and Eco-Forum Global. In addition, Mr. Ruud Jansen, Executive Secretary of the GDSA presented on the GDSA and the government officials spoke during the conference as well; they even had the opportunity to meet the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.