China and Germany Enhance Cooperation on Biodiversity Conservation

Environment
Jul 16, 2020

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China (MEE) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) will expand their ongoing cooperation under the Sino-German Environmental Partnership (SGEP) to further emphasise biodiversity conservation. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) funded this strategic top-up against the backdrop of China hosting the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The newly added measures will support the dialogue between China and Germany for a more sustainable and inclusive COP as well as an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which is to be adopted at COP 15. Sub-national pilots for ecosystem service accounting and biodiversity modelling may contribute to policy design and implementation which ultimately enhance China’s environmental governance system.

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Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

Project country
China
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
Duration
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.