Through its partnership with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), the Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) has become involved in a program linking the renewal of the Daoist temple presence in China with the setting up and funding of educational ecology centres at the temples.
The first such temple project in 2005 was initiated and supported by ARC, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) China and EMF, in close cooperation with the China Daoist Association, in Taibaishan in central China.
In 2010 this project was copied in over 12 provinces of China, and will ultimately be applied in over 10,000 Temples in the coming years. Given the Daoist view of life, the Daoist Ecology Temple project will lead to greater attention in rural China to the responsibility we have for looking after nature, and water, energy and forestry resources, as well as biodiversity and protection of endangered species, in particular.
EMF has been providing technological expertise.
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