History

Future Generations China has been committed to environmental protection in China since our founder helped establish a protected area around Mt. Everest in 1989. Much of our work involving communities that border national nature preserves is endorsed by Chinese president, Hu Jintao." Projects initially focused on community-based conservation, community development, and protected area management in Tibet. Over the years the breadth of our programs has grown and in 2007 Future Generations China was officially registered as an NGO in Hong Kong.

Programs not only address conservation in Tibet, but now include environmental education through the Green Long March and sustainable development projects in rural China through the Model Eco-Community Project.


Future Generations China works to ensure a sustainable future for China. From Tibetan villages in the Himalayas to urban centers on the east coast, our programs spread environmental awareness and give citizens the inspiration and the tools to make their own contributions to the greening of China.

 

Timeline

1985 Future Generations founder and president first proposes protecting Qomolangma (Mt. Everest).

1989 The Qomolangma Nature Preserve receives official protection from the Tibet Autonomous Region Government and becomes one of the first nature preserves in the world to be administered entirely by local volunteers.

1994 The Qomolangma Nature Preserve is elevated to National Nature Preserve Status.

1994 The Pendeba Program (training of 'workers who benefit the community') is created to meet the need for increased local conservation volunteers as the Qomolangma Nature Preserve expands.

1998 The United Nations selects the Pendeba Program as one of the 50 most effective development programs for poor people in the world.

2000 Over its first six years, the Pendeba Program achieves a 50% decrease in infant mortality, a 98% increase in immunization rates, increased reforestation, protection of nature preserves and enforcement of hunting bans.

2001 Planning begins for The Four Great Rivers ecological protection zone, which aims to place 46 million acres of land in Eastern Tibet under national protection.

2003 The Pendeba Program is extended to Four Great Rivers region.

2006 Future Generations China registers in Hong Kong.

2007 Future Generations receives Travel+Leisure's Global Vision Award for its Four Great Rivers conservation work.

2007 Future Generations China launches the Green Long March, the largest youth-led conservation movement in China.

2008 In partnership with the China Agricultural University, Future Generations China launches the 3 year Model Eco-Community pilot project in 40 rural communities across China.

2008 The Green Long March becomes an annual environmental movement with a five-year vision to train a youth corps of environmental leaders.