May 5, 2019 May 11, 2019
Germany and Switzerland

Visit of the specimen bank in Schmallenberg. © GIZ

A study tour focusing on soil monitoring and soil contamination prevention was organized by the SGEP project from May 05-11, with destinations in Germany and Switzerland. The Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Li Minglu, Division Director from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Soil Ecology and Environment Department. Delegation members included representatives from the Ecological and Environmental Monitoring Department of MEE, the China National Environmental Monitoring Centre (CNEMC), and the International Environmental Cooperation Center (IECO) of MEE.

During workshops with German policy makers, the delegation learned about soil protection legislation and soil monitoring strategies in Germany and discussed the prevailing soil prevention and remediation technologies. A site visit to a renaturated landfill, the Energieberg in Hamburg, were used to exchange experiences of soil and groundwater control in industries. In addition, the delegation visited the environmental specimen bank in Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology Division Applied Ecology in Schmallenberg, which will presumably be of great value to the future establishment of China’s own soil specimen bank. Soil monitoring strategy in Switzerland was discussed during a visit of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

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.