Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. 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 Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.
Dr. Christian Stärz is the Director of the Sino-German Cooperation on Biodiversity and Environment at GIZ China. He leads a variety of bilateral activities which are vital to the enhancement of political dialogue between Germany and China on the environment and nature protection. His mission also targets the implementation of various technical cooperation works, including biodiversity modeling, ecosystem accounting, green finance, green product certification, emission pollution control and the protection of air, water and soil. Christian is also managing the German membership for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), a high-level international advisory body which aims to strengthen cooperation and exchange between China and the international community in the field of environment and development. Prior to his current work, Christian managed technical cooperation projects in South Asia for the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and as a GIZ Advisor in Fiji, supported a regional program for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in regards to climate change adaptation. Christian holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Bonn and a Diploma in Ecology from the University of Münster.”