Clarification of responsibilities for ecology and environment-related fiscal expenditure

Jul 16, 2020

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 Environmental Partnership II

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
09/2017 – 10/2021

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.