Virtual seminar for the preparation of a sustainable COP

Mar 9, 2021

Photo Credit: CBD

As a follow-up of the Sino-German Workshop on Green COP held on  October 28, 2019, the Environmental Partnership Project organised a virtual seminar on the preparation of a sustainable COP for the members of the Chinese Committee for the preparation of the CBD COP-15 on the 9th of March. The opening speech from German side was held by Ms. Inka Gnittke, Head of Division – International Cooperation on Biodiversity and CBD National Focal Point (BMU). From Chinese side, Ms. WANG Ying, Team Leader – Meeting Service and Logistics of the COP 15 Preparatory Committee (FECO) opened the seminar. The speakers Ms. Annette Schmidt-Räntsch (BMU) and Ms. Kerstin Pettenkofer (Expert for Sustainable Event Management) focused on experiences from the sustainable organisation of the UNFCCC COP 23 in Bonn as well as on current standards for sustainable event management. At the special request of the Chinese partners, Ms. Veronica Veneziano, the new Executive Director of the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ initiative, reported on the initiative, its origins and current developments.

Participants were officials involved in the preparation of the CBD COP 15, such as COP 15 Preparatory Committee, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center of MEE (FECO), the Yunnan Provincial Preparatory Office for COP 15, the Ecology and Environment Bureau of Yunnan Province, the Ecology and Environment Bureau of Kunming City as well as the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the CBD Secretariat, the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative, GIZ and experts.

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.