Sino-German Environmental Partnership Phase II
As of: July 2021
Against the background of slowing economic growth, China’s 13th Five Year Plan has strengthened the issue of environmental protection by calling for sustainable development and an “ecological civilisation”. The German-Chinese Environmental Partnership supports China in developing an effective environmental policy, which includes the targeted exchange of experience and advice on issues such as the prevention and control of air, water and soil pollution. The project supports market-oriented approaches and sustainable production & consumption patterns, strengthens institutional and individual capacities to improve compliance with protection measures, contributes to implementing the sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda and promotes bilateral dialogue with the Chinese Ministry of the Environment and the Chinese Environmental Advisory Council.
State of implementation/results
- The project manages and coordinates the German contribution to the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the multilateral environmental advisory council of the Chinese government. The German experts active in the CCICED advise in particular on the topics of green finance, biodiversity conservation, green technology and sustainable production and consumption.
- The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) have expanded their ongoing cooperation within the framework of the Sino-German Environmental Partnership (SGEP) to include biodiversity conservation. The IKI is funding this strategic increase against the background that China will host the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming in May 2021. The newly added measures support the dialogue between China and Germany on a sustainable and inclusive COP and an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at COP 15. Sub-national pilot projects on ecosystem accounting and biodiversity modelling contribute to policymaking and implementation to ultimately improve China's environmental governance system. These activities are carried out jointly with the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences of MEE (NIES), the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences of MEE (CRAES), the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center of MEE (FECO) and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). They are supported by the World Conservation Monitoring Center of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC).
- The project supports a wide range of work strands within the bilateral dialogue between MEE and BMU and their downstream institutions. Currently, exchanges focus on chemicals management, soil pollution prevention and control, eco-labelling, and volatile organic compound (VOC) management.
- China proposed to intensify bilateral cooperation in the areas of water, soil, biodiversity and environmental labelling at the 6th Sino-German Environment Forum (30-31 October 2019, Beijing). The forum was opened by China's Vice Minister of the Environment ZHAO Yingmin and Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and brought together 290 representatives from Chinese and German authorities, companies, universities and civil society organisations. It promoted exchange on current environmental and climate policy challenges, technological solutions and cooperation opportunities for the effective implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2030 Agenda. The project organised the forum together with the IKI global project "Strategic Environmental Dialogues" and with support from the IKI project "German-Chinese Climate Partnership", among others.