北运河项目

Introduction of Beiyun Program

2008年绿家园成为全球最大的护河者联盟(Waterkeeper Alliance)的成员之一。Waterkeeper Alliance在全球范围内保护超过100,000英里的河流、溪水、海岸线。护河者分布在北美、南美、欧洲、澳大利亚、亚洲和非洲(http://www.waterkeeper.org/)。绿家园志愿者的工作区域是中国的北京所在的北运河水系。绿家园志愿者也是北运河护河者。

北运河护河者源于2007年民间学者发起的乐水行活动,后来该活动在绿家园志愿者领导下常规进行。

北 运河护河者的使命是保护极高人口密度压力下的北运河水系。水短缺和水污染是北运河水系的最大特征。北运河项目包括两部分工作内容。一部分是每周六的巡河活 动(或称乐水行),教育公众关于水短缺和水污染的事实,记录污染源。第二部分是通过深度的调查和研究,倡导科学合理的水资源管理政策。

2011年,除了常规的巡河活动,北运河护河者还通过大学生的帮助,对北京的20多条河流进行了水质检测。检测结果将于2012年初通过媒体发布。2012年,除继续常规的巡河活动以外,北运河护河者还计划通过一系列活动,促进针对生活用水的阶梯水价政策。阶梯水价对于缓解水短缺和水污染具有重要意义。

北运河护河者也正在努力推动中国的河流保护联盟的建立。其中的一些成员,同时也是Waterkeeper Alliance的成员。

In 2008, Green Earth Volunteers was recognized as member of Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa (http://www.waterkeeper.org/). Green Earth Volunteers is accordingly named as Beiyun Waterkeeper.

Beiyun Program is originated from river watch tour which was started by a group of civil experts from March 2007 and held weekly by Green Earth Volunteers.

Beiyun Program aims at protect vulnerable Beiyun water system which has extremely high density of population. Water scarcity and water pollution is the two key features of Beiyun water system. Beiyun Program consists of two main parts. The first part is weekly held river patrol activities aiming at educating more people about water scarcity and water pollution, and locating pollution sources. The second part is investigation and research aiming at influencing the public policy.

Except for weekly river patrol activities, in 2011, Beiyun Waterkeeper cooperated with Beijing Sci&Tech University to test water quality of Beiyun water system. A report by civil groups will be published later in 2012 base on data collected. In 2012, Beiyun waterkeeper will focus on promoting differentiated water pricing system which will be crucial to greatly reduce water consumption and relieve water pollution.

Beiyun Waterkeeper is also endeavoring to establish a river protection alliance within China with other grass-root NGOs, several of which are also waterkeepers, such as upper Yellow River Waterkeeper, Hanjiang Waterkeeper, Qiantang Jiang Waterkeeper, and Green Anhui. In Jan 2012, GEV hosted a river protection alliance conference in Jiangxi Province with more than 20 participants from 20 NGOs. Now Beiyun Waterkeeper and Qiantang Jiang Waterkeeper is negotiating with a private company to start a program which aims at building a water quality detection network within watershed where members of river protection alliance work.