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Yunnan Environment Development Institute (YEDI)

YEDI is a non-profit organisation based in Kunming since 2003. Our vision is for the people of Yunnan to have a peaceful and harmonious life by sharing local natural resources, living a sustainable lifestyle and working in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to support environment protection and sustainable development.

In order to achieve this goal, our mission is to provide basic clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to people in the rural of Yunnan, to promote the sustainable utilization of natural local resources. Our work is thus focused on water utilization and protection, sanitation, eco-system protection and sustainable livelihoods development.

Date of Establishment:

24-Jan, 2003

Purpose of Organization:

To have a peaceful and harmonious living together with the Yunnan people and sharing the local natural resources, in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to participate in environment protection and sustainable development work, and make its due contribution to society, while at the same time develop ourselves in sustainable way.


YEDI is a non-profit organization, officially registered under Kunming Civil Affairs Bureau since January 2003, focusing on supporting activities aimed at improving the environment in Yunnan Province as part of the overall drive for a more sustainable development in the region.

Adaptation to climate change is a main focus of YEDI’s activities in areas such as advocacy research and community project implementation. On the one hand, we completed a viability research and organized a national round table meeting concerning photovoltaic development in Yunnan in 2006. This project was supported by the European Commission, and a CDM potential assessment in Yunnan in 2008 was funded by Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association(BORDA). On the other hand, we introduced and tested different water/sanitation and renewable related technologies as well as their application to Yunnan rural communities. Our goal was to reduce the contribution of those villages to greenhouse gas emissions and increase their capacity of adaptation to climate change. Since 2009 especially, when Yunnan started to suffer a serious and continuous drought as a consequence of climate change, YEDI decided to focus on drought relief programs and projects helping local communities to adapt to those new conditions. More than 5000 local people benefit from such relief programme.   

In recognition of the successful implementation and achieved impacts of our projects, YEDI has been rewarded by different international and domestic awards such as:
       2004 International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management [Switzerland]
       2007 Ford Motor Conservation & Environmental Grants, China - 3rd winner [China]
       2008 Energy Globe Award - National winner from China [Austria]
       2009 Incentive Prize of Asia-Pacific Forum of Environment Development [Japan]
       2010 Action prize for poverty alleviation innovation award hosted by China Merchant Bureau (China)
       2011 Ford Motor Conservation & Environment Grants, China, Incentive winner [China]
       2013 Ford Motor Conservation & Environment Grants China [China]
       2013 Best environment project sample for China Green Forum [China]
Countries in which organization is active:
  • China

Contact Details
Street Address:
20-2-402, Xuyuan, Sunshine Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China
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NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Climate Change
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Sustainable Development
  • Others
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Local

  • Contact Person
    Ms Liu Yun Key Contact Person
    Executive Manager
    Street Address:
    20-2-402, Xuyuan, Sunshine Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China
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    State/Province/Other: Yunnan
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