Feb 7, 2021

Webinar “Sustainable Urban Renewal” with the City of Chengdu

Feb 3, 2021

On February 03, 2021, the SGUP project cooperated with ICLEI East Asia to host the second webinar of the series “Sustainable Urban Renewal: Experience from Chinese and German Cities.” After the kick-off by the City of Dortmund on December 02, 2020, this time the City of Chengdu (Sichuan Province), represented by Ms. Li Li, Vice Director of the Chengdu City Foreign Relations Office and Ms. Nan Yao from the Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design, presented sustainable urban planning initiatives and projects. The focus was particularly on the “Chengdu Park City Initiative”, an environmentally oriented development strategy of the city initiated by the central government in 2018, which puts climate protection in the focus of Chengdu’s urban planning. Concrete goals for the period up to 2050 include the sustainable development of industrial areas, renaturation measures, e.g. for watercourses, the expansion of green spaces so that Chengdu citizens can encounter a green space every 300 meters, and the expansion of bicycle and pedestrian paths throughout the city. Chengdu’s sustainable development is not only driven by planning experts, but also citizens who are involved in projects like the co-creation of community gardens in public spaces.

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.