Southern China

  • 93 percent of power generation in China is water-reliant. No water equals no power and vice versa, as power is also required to clean and distribute water. Since 2011, China Water Risk, a project of ADM Capital Foundation, has become the go-to place for information on China’s water crisis.
    93 percent of power generation in China is water-reliant. No water equals no power and vice versa, as power is also required to clean and distribute water. Since 2011, China Water Risk, a project of ADM Capital Foundation, has become the go-to place for information on China’s water crisis.
  • Realizing that pubic participation was the missing link in China’s environmental governance processes, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, began collecting and analyzing public government data on industrial pollution and launched an app to allow individuals to report and map local emissions.
    Realizing that pubic participation was the missing link in China’s environmental governance processes, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, collects and analyzes public government data on industrial pollution and provides an app to allow individuals to report and map local emissions.
  • Busy shipping hub Shenzen, in Guangdong province.
    The Natural Resources Defense Council works to reduce the health risk that emissions from shipping hubs pose to dockworkers and the public. Shenzen, in China's Guangdong province, is one of the world's fastest growing and busiest ports.

Southern China’s rapid development has been accompanied by profound challenges including environmental degradation and growing disparities between rich and poor, urban and rural which, if not addressed, threaten the sustainability of development in the region, the country, and the world. The Chinese government and people have been responding vigorously to these complex challenges. The RBF’s grantmaking seeks to assist these efforts.

*Other comprises grantmaking that relates to the overall focus of the portfolio, but does not directly tie to a particular strategy, including grantmaking done under previous program guidelines.


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The Port of Shenzen in Guangdong province is one of the world's fastest growing and busiest ports. It handles a variety of transportation types including ships, trucks, and cargo handling equipment. (Photo cc-by Chris.)

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
IPE Director Ma Jun (right), documenting environmental conditions at a textiles factory in Hangzhou, China in September 2014. (Photo courtesy Skoll Foundation/Gabriel Diamond.)

IPE Director Ma Jun (right), documenting environmental conditions at a textiles factory in Hangzhou, China in September 2014. (Photo courtesy Skoll Foundation/Gabriel Diamond.)

Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs
93 percent of power generation in China relies on water, but it remains to be seen if it can rapidly expand its energy capabilities while managing conflicting water needs. (Copyright Debra Tan/CRW.)

93 percent of power generation in China relies on water, but it remains to be seen if it can rapidly expand its energy capabilities while managing conflicting water needs. The 11 driest provinces contributed to 45% of China's GDP in 2011. (Copyright Debra Tan/CRW.)

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News and updates

The RBF launches the inaugural Richard Rockefeller Fellowship with the Lao Niu Brother & Sister Foundation

The Fund has begun a fellowship program to honor the memory and interests of our former board chair, Dr. Richard Rockefeller. The Richard Rockefeller Fellowship supports the development of emerging Chinese professionals who are poised to make a significant commitment to the development of strategic philanthropy in China.

The Fund Revises its Southern China Program Guidelines

The Fund has revised the guidelines for its Southern China grantmaking program to express the increasingly integrated nature of the RBF's work on pollution mitigation, public health, and climate change, as well as the development of China’s philanthropic sector.

New Report Examines Water Resources and Energy Security in China

China faces environmental challenges as its continuing growth meets the reality of finite water resources, according to a report published by China Water Risk. Water plays a key role in energy generation, in addition to providing for agriculture needs and municipal use. The report explores the risk exposure of different water usages as well as strategies to slow energy demand and achieve the right mix of power sources.