climate
Dec 2, 2020

Co-Organisation of the Webinar “Sustainable Urban Renewal-Experience from Chinese and German Cities: Nature based solutions in the city of Dortmund in Germany”

Dec 2, 2020

On December 02nd, 2020, SGUP Project and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability co-hosted a seminar on “Sustainable Urban Renewal-Experience from Chinese and German Cities: Nature-based solutions in the city of Dortmund in Germany”. The webinar mainly focused on sharing planning strategies and policies regarding nature-based solutions and urban sustainable development in the city of Dortmund.

Mr. Ludger Wilde, Deputy Mayor of Dortmund for Environment, Planning, and Housing, presented the city’s planning policies since the year 2000, which included the reuse of former coal and steel plants, the strengthening of green infrastructure, and the promotion of public-private partnerships between academia, economy, and government. Dortmund’s most representative project is the “ProGIreg Proficient Green Infrastructure”. The project aims at encouraging citizen’s participation in green infrastructure projects, improving road connections, as well as at enhancing citizen’s experience of urban life.

Dr. TIAN Yongying, Deputy Director of the Urban Construction and Regeneration Division of MoHURD’s Technology and Industrialization Development Center emphasized that China has made urban regeneration one of the development directions for cities in the 14th Five-Year Plan and the 2035 development goals.

The recorded seminar can be watched in full length here.

Photo Credit: GIZ

Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
China
Political Partners
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD)
Duration

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.