Digital Training Course ‘Green Cities for our Future!’

Jul 10, 2021

Picture Credit: GIZ

This GIZ video-based training course, developed for MoHURD and conducted by the National Academy of Mayors of China (NAMC), offers a variety of insights into low-carbon and sustainable urban development in Germany. It contains five course units focusing on:

(1) Sustainable Urban Renewal in Former Industrial Areas

(2) Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Urban Renewal

(3) Striving for Sustainable Neighbourhoods

(4) From Construction Waste to Sustainable Architecture

(5) Adaptation Strategies

Each course includes, among others, a thematic introduction keynote, a thematic city video, a video-based city walk, expert interviews and presentations, training questions, and an intensive ‘further reading’ section. A minimum of 2.5 to 3 hours is needed to follow all elements of the course.

Constellations, a company specialised in the dialogue between China and Europe with a focus on designing learning programmes, has been commissioned to produce the training course. Their video team went to Berlin, Hamburg, and to several cities in the Ruhr area to document city examples.

The course is available in English and Chinese and can be used as illustration material for face-to-face training courses such as the training conducted by NAMC or online training courses for different target groups; it can serve self-studies all over the world as well.

You can find the course here.

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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

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

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.