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China and Germany hold International Climate Initiative Workshop

Participants at the IKI Workshop in Beijing © GIZ

11 April 2019 – Beijing – On the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-German Climate Partnership, experts from Chinese and German government ministries, institutions, and organizations met in Beijing to enable knowledge transfer and exchange on shared challenges, synergies and scaling-up potential of IKI projects. The workshop was hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE).

Participants at the workshop discussed a wide range of matters within the context of Sino-German cooperation and climate policy implementation, such as energy, biodiversity, urbanization, transport, carbon markets, and regional development. The experience and ideas exchanged provided a litany of lessons learned for both sides to incorporate into policy design and implementation going forward. Furthermore, the workshop served as a platform to assess the successes of the partnership and demonstrate how climate collaboration is one of the cornerstones of strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two nations. The workshop takes place once in a year, either in Germany or in China.

“Through this cooperation, [Germany] has deepened its understanding of China’s needs, problems, and challenges in these fields,” said Stephan Contius, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). “Our cooperation is the driver for strategic dialogue between our two countries.”

Mr. Chen Zhihua, Director of the Division of International Cooperation, Department of Climate Change from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) emphasized the importance of the intensive policy exchange and called for an integrated approach for alliance of the goals on low carbon transition and climate mitigation and adaptation.

The workshop as a preparatory event is part of the annual Working Group Meeting on Climate Change between Germany and China held on April 12, 2019. Much of the workshop involved discussing key areas of existing cooperation and potential for future cooperation between China and Germany.

During the annual Workshop Group Meeting on Climate Change between Germany and China on April 12 © GIZ

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