Sino-German Cooperation
on Biodiversity, Climate and Environment
On behalf of International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Clarification of responsibilities for ecology and environment-related fiscal expenditure

On 12 June 2020, the General Office of China’s State Council published a reform plan for the division of financial powers and expenditure responsibilities between the central and local governments in the field of ecology and environment. As such, the plan acts as a follow-up to an overarching top-level guideline on building a modern environmental governance system which was published in early March.

The plan clarifies the division of responsibilities in the following areas: (1) Development of environmental planning systems, (2) environmental monitoring and law enforcement, (3) environmental management affairs and capacity building, (4) pollution prevention and (5) other matters like research. In essence, except for major environmental governance issues of national, key regional river basin, or cross-regional importance or those related to international cooperation, local governments shall be mainly responsible for environmental governance expenditures.

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Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC)
Ms. Cao facilitates policy exchange between German and Chinese governments and coordinates work streams on south-south-north cooperation, climate legislation and finance to support China in strengthening its climate governance system. Besides, she supports the development of new projects. She studied at Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and Technical University of Munich, having extensive research experiences on climate and energy policies in China and Germany. Before joining GIZ, she worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) for many years.