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ZALF researchers visited China

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05.12.2019

ZALF researchers visited the academy of agricultural sciences in Shenyang

On November 18-20 ZALF researchers Prof. Bettina Matzdorf and Cheng Chen have participated in the international workshop of “agricultural environmental governance in the digital era" in Shenyang, China. The workshop was jointly organized by Institute of Applied Ecology (IAE) of Chinese Academy of Sciences and ZALF.

Bettina Matzdorf gave a presentation on the online marketplace for ecosystem services “Agora Natura” and Cheng Chen talked about applying digital technologies in agricultural environmental governance. They had fruitful discussion about research interests and explored potential collaboration with their Chinese counterparts. Beyond the scientific exchange, two excursions to Gaoshan village in Yinkou city and facility agriculture farms in Shenyang city took place. The aim was to give participants the insights into the agricultural practices at the local level with both conventional and modern approaches in China.

On 21 November, the ZALF researchers have participated another workshop in cooperation with the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) of Chinese Academy of Sciences. The topic of the workshop was incentive-based policy and eco-compensation. This workshop brought together experts from different universities and research institutes to exchange ideas and methods. Researchers from IGSNRR and ZALF exchanged ideas on opportunities and concrete mutual activities, such as joint research project, bilateral conferences and joint papers.

From 25-29 November, Cheng Chen visited the Sino-German Agriculture center (DCZ) in Beijing, Facility Agriculture Research Center of IAE in Shouguang and Zhejiang Agriculture&Forestry University in Hangzhou. He had conducted in-depth interviews with stakeholders in potential research regions.

The trip was financed by the German-Chinese cooperation programme from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), aiming at promoting the bilateral scientific exchange and cooperation between German and Chinese researchers.

 

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