Report: China’s ecological environment has improved in 2019

Environment
Jul 16, 2020

China saw progress in its ecological environment protection as the quality of air, surface water and oceans improved in 2019, according to the 2019 Report on the State of the Ecology and Environment (in Chinese) released by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) on 2 June.

The report stated that the share of good air quality days in China’s 337 cities at or above the prefecture level hit 82 percent in 2019. Meanwhile, the impact of air pollution was mitigated in 2019, with a notable decrease in peak concentration, pollution intensity, duration and impact scope compared with previous years.

According to the report, the share of surface water with a good quality rating was up 3.9 percentage points year on year, while the worst-rated water quality decreased by 3.3 percentage points over the last year. Improvement was also seen in the nation’s rivers and lakes. The proportion of major rivers with a good water quality increased by 4.8 percentage points in 2019.

The Chinese government has published annual reports on the state of its environment since 1989. They can be downloaded from MEE’s website in Chinese and in English.

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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.