Seminar on the Management of Protected Areas

Dec 15, 2020

The “Seminar on the Management of Protected Areas” took place on December 15th, 2020. It was co-hosted by the German Embassy in Beijing and the Sino-German Environmental Partnership Project.

The seminar was opened by Mr. Hendrik Barkeling (Head of Economic Department, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of German in Beijing). In total there were four presentations with speakers from China and Germany followed by Q&A sessions.

An overview of the protected area system in China including national parks was given by Mr. ZHANG Yunyi (Division Director of Planning and Development, Department of Protected Area Management, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, NFGA). Dr. WANG Zhi (Deputy Director of Research Center for Protected Areas, Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, NIES), reported on the effectiveness of the protected areas system in China.

In order to present the development and the current situation in Germany, Dr. Volker Scherfose (Head of the Department of Biotope Protection and Management/ Protected Areas, Federal Agency of Nature Conservation, BfN), gave insights into Germany’s protected areas and their management. Mr. Manuel Schweiger (Head of Germany Programme, Frankfurt Zoological Society, ZGF), rounded off the seminar with his presentation on Wilderness and National Parks in Germany.

The seminar took place in the context of the preparation for the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) and provided a platform for exchange and mutual topic-specific learning. It also aimed at creating momentum for an ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which is scheduled to be adopted at CBD COP 15.

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.