climate
Sep 29, 2020

Closing Workshop on Trilateral Cooperation on Climate and Environment

Sep 29, 2020

On September 29, the closing workshop for the first phase of the Sino-German cooperation on climate change and environmental protection with third countries was held online. Two expert teams led by Prof. Imme Scholz (German Development Institute) and Prof. Chen Minpeng (Renmin University) presented the joint study conclusions and recommendations focusing on trilateral cooperation potentials, knowledge gaps, and action proposals to both ministries. Mr. Stephan Contius and his colleagues from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Mr. Chen Zhihua from the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) reviewed the joint report and set common stones for furthering this cooperation. The GIZ presented the work plan for the second phase of the cooperation starting later this year. One goal is to identify a possible common approach with relevant standard criteria for Sino-German trilateral cooperation on climate change and environmental protection with third countries based on the results and findings presented at the closing workshop in September and additional expert exchanges. When the BMU and MEE agree upon the standard criteria, a trilateral cooperation concept will be jointly developed with the support of political, implementation partners and the project team.

Photo Credit: GIZ

Sino-German Climate Partnership III

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); National Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China (NEA)
Implementation Partners
Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China
Duration
09/2017 – 09/2020

Germany and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Combatting Climate Change and initiated this bilateral dialogue as "Sino-German Climate Partnership". The project has been established to support the cooperation between the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The new phase of the project starts in 2018 with close alignment to the restructuring at the Chinese government. In this phase, the project aims to advance the policy dialogue and cooperation with the Chinese partners domestically as well as within the international context of climate change. Part of the work will be supporting the development and implementation of China's medium- and long-term low-carbon development strategies, hence by supporting the Chinese government in strengthening the climate governance system. Domestically the SGCP project supports the policy dialogue on climate change (Sino-German Working Group on Climate Change) and enhances the exchange of German experiences and best practices, this includes strengthening capacities for the development of integrated climate and energy action plans as well as adaptation concepts for cities. On international level the SGCP project enhances the knowledge of both patterns about best practices in regard of climate policies and their implementation. For new cooperation topics identified by the Working Group on Climate Change, the project acts as an incubator for IKI development. As interface for information management, it serves a as a hub for exchange between partners of the IKI within and outside China, especially within the UNFCCC process.