Kick-off Meeting of the Sino-German Biodiversity Cooperation

Oct 23, 2020

On 10 September 2020, the new Sino-German Biodiversity Cooperation (SGBC) under the framework of the Sino-German Environmental Partnership Project Phase II was officially launched by DG LIU Ning of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) and DG Christiane PAULUS of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Both DGs expressed strong political endorsement from their respective sides, believing the SBGC has high prospects to be a meaningful cooperation between the two countries. The SGBC will support the dialogue between China and Germany on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which is to be adopted in 2021 at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), hosted by China. The newly added measures also include sub-national pilots for ecosystem service accounting and biodiversity modelling, which may contribute to policy design and implementation to ultimately enhance China’s environmental governance system.

The kick-off meeting brought together the SGBC’s main stakeholders: MEE, BMU, the German Embassy in Beijing, the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES) of MEE, the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) of MEE, the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Centre (FECO) of MEE, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), as well as the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC) and WCMC Beijing, which is UNEP WCMC’s subsidiary organization in China.

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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.