Sino-German Cooperation
on Biodiversity, Climate and Environment
On behalf of International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Changde: Sponge City Construction

Changde is a city in the northwest of Hunan Province. Here the change of extreme precipitation events has been significant in recent years – heavy rain and rain storm events increased. By applying institutional mechanism and system construction, Changde actively carries out Sponge City construction and adaptation to climate change action. The financing mechanism combining internal collection, loan and crowdfunding provides sufficient funds for Changde’s Sponge City construction. The city was in 2015 selected to be among the first set of pilots for Sponge City construction. (Available only in Chinese)


Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC)
Ms. Cao facilitates policy exchange between German and Chinese governments and coordinates work streams on south-south-north cooperation, climate legislation and finance to support China in strengthening its climate governance system. Besides, she supports the development of new projects. She studied at Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and Technical University of Munich, having extensive research experiences on climate and energy policies in China and Germany. Before joining GIZ, she worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) for many years.