May 7, 2021

First Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Development

Apr 29, 2021

Photo Credit: GIZ

On 29 April 2021, the first Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Rrbanisation took place in a virtual format between delegations from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development (MoHURD). The topic of the two-hour event was jointly agreed to be ‘Urban Wastewater Management and its Reuse’ – an important topic for China with its many provinces scarce of water.

The purpose of the symposium was the exchange on the status of urban wastewater management, purification, and re-use in both countries. The alternation of the presentations between the two countries has shown in an impressive way, that tasks and challenges in both countries are rather similar, while the legal systems and the current status differ.

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.