SGEP conducts training on the management of soil pollution

Dec 1, 2020 Dec 3, 2020

From December 01st-03rd, an online training series on the management of soil pollution was successfully co-organized by the Sino-German Environmental Partnership Project (SGEP) and the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center (FECO) of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE).

Participants were mainly policymakers and researchers working on soil pollution prevention and control, coming from the Department of Soil Ecology and Environment of MEE, the China National Environmental Monitoring Centre, FECO, the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, the South China Institute of Environmental Sciences as well as the Technical Centre for Soil, Agriculture and Rural Ecology and Environment.

Dr. Bernd M. Bussian, an environmental consultant who previously worked for the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), shared knowledge and experience on soil monitoring and surveys in Germany during the first day’s training sessions. The focus during the sessions on day two was on soil pollution source prevention and control in German industrial and mining enterprises, presented by Mr. Bernhard Schenk, an Environmental Engineer with 30 years of experience in the sectors of solid waste management as well as investigation and rehabilitation of contaminated sites. During the third day, Mr. Schenk explained the soil acidification and heavy metal pollution prevention strategy in Germany.

Policies and technologies on soil monitoring and surveys, soil pollution prevention and control have received increasing attention from Chinese policymakers during the last few years. The SGEP project has been supporting MEE on this topic for more than five years. The sharing of German expertise and best practices in this workshop and the active exchange between experts from both sides will continuously contribute to soil pollution prevention and control in China.

Photo Credit: GIZ

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.