Oct 23, 2020

Webinar at the Daring Cities Conference

Oct 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020

On October 23rd, 2020, the SGUP Project and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability co-hosted a webinar on “Sustainable Urban Renewal through Nature-Based Solutions: Lessons Learned from Chinese and German Cities” as part of the BMU sponsored Daring Cities Conference. Apart from the Center for Science Technology and Industrial Development (CSTID) under MoHURD and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the four cities of Chengdu, Foshan, Mannheim, and Hamburg presented their efforts to integrate NbS into their urban renewal strategies. Both Chinese and German participants highlighted that the concept of NbS is perceived as very positive and desirable in their countries, as NbS triggers innovation and provides good alternatives to grey infrastructure. The participating cities presented explicit plans for connecting their urban with green and blue development as well as for anchoring this in local policies.

Retrospectively, ICLEI highlighted that the webinar was among the fifth most-watched Daring Cities thematic sessions. A link to the recorded session can be found here.

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.