China implements nationwide urban regulation reform

Urbanisation
Dec 2, 2018

China has adopted a nationwide urban regulation on December 1st. The new regulation – the “City Planning and Design Standards for Urban Residential Areas” – was drawn up by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD). The new regulation shall enable China to better coordinate its urban strategy with existing industry standards. It will trigger several changes to China’s national urbanisation strategy:

• Key revisions of the management system of urban residential areas.
• Simplification of the relevant policy terminology.
• Introduction of more detailed requirements for urban land-use and architecture.
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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
China
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (MoHURD)
Implementation Partners
Center for Science and Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID); China Association of Mayors
Duration
05/2016 - 07/2020

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. 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 Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.