State Council of PRC promotes the transformation of old urban communities

Dec 30, 2019

On June 19, Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council, presided over the State Council executive meeting to promote the transformation of old urban communities and discuss measures to meet the general publics’ expectations of their current standard of living. The meeting determined the following objectives:

1.The object range and standards of the transformation should be specified as soon as possible. Pilot projects will be carried out this year to accumulate experience for further implementation.

2.Guidance from the government should be enhanced, nevertheless the community should play the main role in this transformation process while the wishes of the residents should be respected.

3.Financing and innovation mechanisms should be revived and modernized. Central subsidies will be arranged for the renovation of old urban communities this year. Financial institutions and municipalities are encouraged to explore sustainable ways to increase financial support for the renovation of old communities. In order to attract the participation of social forces, market-based methods should be used in this context.

4.Based on the community transformation, the government should guide the development of community pension, childcare, medical care, food support, cleaning, and other services, and promote the establishment of a long-term community management mechanism.

In April 2019, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, together with the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance, issued the Notice on Transformation of the Old Communities in 2019. Read more in CN

According to preliminary statistics, China has nearly 160,000 old communities with a construction area of about 4 billion m2 where more than 42 million households and hundreds of millions of people live. At the end of 2017, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development launched several pilot projects in the context of old urban community transformation in 15 cities including Xiamen and Guangzhou. As of December 2018, the pilot cities have transformed 106 old communities, from which 59,000 households have benefitted. This practice of implementing projects in pilot cities proves that the renovation of old urban communities is not necessarily costly but beneficial. It not only helps residents improve their basic living conditions but also help to enhances people’s sense of well-being and security. It’s also an important measure to expand investment and to stimulate domestic demand. Read more in CN

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Sino-German Climate Partnership III

Project country
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
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.