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As of: January 2018

Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Objective and activities

The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership, which was 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 will be organised together with the IKI-Project German-Chinese Climate Partnership. Representatives from both sides will discuss experiences with drafting local climate protection plans.
  • The Sino-German Forum on Urbanisation is planned for the first half of 2018.

Project data


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

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

BMUB grant:
€ 4,880,000

06/2016 till 07/2020


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