Video production of “Green Transformation in Berlin” in cooperation with CITYMAKERS China-Europe

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Jan 22, 2021

Is Berlin a „green” city? What projects, places, or people are contributing to a sustainable and green future for the German capital? Inspired to answer these questions, filmmakers Mrs. Kika Yang and Mr. Randolfe Camarotto, part of the CITYMAKERS China-Europe team, investigated innovative projects and inspiring personalities with their mission to make Berlin a greener place. Supported by the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership, they created the video study tour “Green Transformation in Berlin.”

The Core goal was to show the broad range of driving forces behind the green transformation in Berlin, ranging from smart solutions like the Roof Water-Farm, recycling greywater from a housing complex, using it for a vegetable and fish farm, digital innovations, as the platform “Gieß den Kiez”, an application which allowed 500.000 Liters water into Berlin’s soil so far to save trees from draughts, all the way to decision-makers like the manager of the largest inner-city open space worldwide, the Tempelhofer Feld. The video study tour “Green Transformation in Berlin” supported by the GIZ in the frame of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership is one of a series of video walk projects on urban topics co-produced recently by CITYMAKERS China-Europe.

Photo Credit: Kika Yang / CITYMAKERS China-Europe

Photo Credit: Kika Yang / CITYMAKERS China-Europe

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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.