Opinions on Promoting the Wastewater Resource Utilization of the National Development and Reform Commission

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Jan 20, 2021

On January 11, 2021, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), together with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) and eight other ministries and commissions, released the “Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Wastewater Resource Utilization”, with the target of substantially improving the resource utilization of wastewater from households, industry, and agriculture by 2035.

Included in the document are also guidelines to more efficiently address water scarcity and pollution problems in urban areas. Amongst others, the NDRC noted the following measures: greater control of the total amount of usable water and increased integration of recycled water into urban water resources; establishment of more stringent recycled water quality control guidelines and standards; and promotion of capital investment. These measures are expected to result in a more than 25% increase in recycled water use rates in water-scarce cities by 2025.

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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.