With Dr. Sach at the BMU-IKI Seminar in Beijing
From 28th October to 2nd November 2018, a six-member high-level BMU delegation led by Directorate-General IK Dr. Karsten Sach visited China. Stephan Contius, head of Division IK I 2, and Dr. Vera Rodenhoff, head of Division IK I 4 also joined the delegation. During their visit, the delegation attended the 2018 World Cities Day in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, which this year was under the motto “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”. Furthermore, the participants met with officials from the Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) in Beijing and discussed key areas of joint cooperation.
On 29th October, the BMU Delegation invited GIZ to the “GIZ China – BMU IKI Seminar”, where IKI project directors and technical advisors presented IKI work in China. The transport sector in China has gained great momentum thanks to rapid transformation in technologies. Development in waste sector is still in early stages and lack of public awareness. Transformation and revitalization of industrial sites, inquired by Chinese ministries, is taken as a potential topic for cooperation in urbanization sector. After the restructuring of ministries in March 2018, several Chinese partners, especially from MEE, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), became of interest to the delegates. Dr. Karsten Sach highlighted that forestry and transport could be relevant to the BMU in a cross-boundary context. Digitalization and sustainability are currently very important topics; here a conjunction with the transport sector or energy transition is possible. In China the activities in the realm of forestry are still limited. Thus, Dr. Karsten Sach prospected to strengthen engagement in topics such as forestry and supply chain or forestry in the context of biodiversity. To follow up, a brief evaluation of the implementation experiences with regard to the climate aspects of the previous IKI portfolio will be conducted. Furthermore, the topics of transport and digitization as well as energy transition and digitization will be examined more closely.