Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership, decided by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in May 2013, forms the basis for the cooperation on integrated and sustainable urbanisation, and emphasises the important role of cities in reaching climate protection goals. The project supports the Sino-German inter-ministerial working group on urbanisation through political dialogue. In addition, the exchange of practical experiences between provinces and municipalities as well as the technical support of local capacities contributes to a climate friendly, integrated, and sustainable urban development. The project will also serve to disseminate examples of best practice at the national, subnational and local level in China and Germany. The integrated project approach leads to an intensification of the bilateral dialogue. The project shows how an effective reduction of CO2 emissions and an increase in the quality of life in urban areas can be achieved.

State of implementation/results

  • The Urbanisation Partnership supported the exchange between representatives from Chinese and European cities. This is done in close cooperation with other donor programs to achieve synergies.
  • The Project facilitated networking among German and Chinese actors in the field of Urbanisation by co-organising the first German-Chinese Forum for sustainable construction and a workshop on German experiences with sustainable urbanisation approaches on 25 July 2017 in Beijing.
  • The project participated in the panel discussion on the topic of wetland management at the World Future Council’s Green Future City Workshop in Yuncheng, Shandong on 10 August 2017 in preparation for the city’s post-mining rehabilitation.
  • As part of an international seminar on green urbanization organised by the CCICED before the background of the Jing-Jin-Ji project in Langfang on 30-31 August 2017, the project presented integrated city-development projects in Germany to a Chinese audience.
  • The long established exchange between mayors in both countries on how to deal with structural changes in urban areas became part of the urbanisation partnership. A delegation of 30 Chinese mayors participated in talk in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne and participated in the German-Chinese Forum of mayors in Magdeburg.
  • At the COP23 in Bonn, a workshop on climate protection on the local level was organised together with the IKI-Project German-Chinese Climate Partnership. Representatives from both sides discussed experiences with drafting local climate protection plans.
  • The Sino-German Forum on Urbanisation is planned for October 2019.
  • At the 3rd Working Group Meeting (WGU) on 1 November 2018 between BMU and MoHURD in Xuzhou, the new key topics of 2019 – 2021 were agreed: Plus energy buildings and quarters, energy efficiency in buildings and neighbourhoods as part of urban renewal, climate change adaptation in cities and transformative city. --The project, together with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, organised the "Sustainability in Prefabrication" forum during the leading trade fair for construction products FENESTRATION BAU China in Beijing on 2 November 2018 where it , together with Beijing Uni-Construction Corporation (BUCC), the Center for Science & Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID), the German Sustainable Building Society (DGNB) and the German Energy Agency (dena), contributed to the networking of central players in prefabrication and plus-/low-energy buildings in China and Germany. --A series of events on energy efficiency in urban renewal took place in Beijing 5-7 December 2018. --On March 25, 2019, the project, together with CSTID, organized a seminar in Beijing on guidelines for climate-adapted urban development.
  • On April 9, 2019, an expert workshop on cycling concepts in Zhangjiakou was held in Beijing together with the CSTID.
  • In 05/2019, a delegation from the project partners visited the ICCA conference in Heidelberg. - In 06/2019, the final workshop on the cycling concept for Zhangjiakou took place in Beijing together with CSTID .
  • In 07/2019, the project organized the 37th study trip within the framework of the German-Chinese mayors program to Essen and Munich. On 11.07.2019, the German-Chinese Mayor Summit met in Essen.
  • In 08-09/2019, three meetings / workshops on energy efficiency in urban renewal took place in Beijing / Chengdu / Xuzhou. --

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH - China

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development - China
  • Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS),Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development - China

BMU grant:
4.880.000,00 €

06/2016  till  06/2021


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