Increase of days with goods or excellent air quality in major cities - compared to 76% in 2015 -to more than 80% by 2020 Ensure that the total area of wetlands stays above 53 million hectares nationwide by 2020 Decline of surface water quality declared unusable (Grade V) from 9.7 % in 2015 to less than 5 % in 2020


Sino-German Environmental Partnership

The Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports the bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange and advice on various topics since 2013.

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.


Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change, Environment, and Climate Friendly Urban Development


To keep the momentum of global biodiversity conservation alive the CBD Secretariat (SCBD) convened a series of ‘Briefing webinars for SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3’ where experts of the secretariat staff introduced relevant pre-session documents for the agenda items of SBSTTA 24 and SBI 3, respectively. The webinars were explicitly not meant for negotiating or discussing the recommendation sections of the documents but only explained the content and the way it was developed.

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.

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).


A notice of a complete ban on solid waste imports was released jointly by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and the General Administration of Customs.


Premier Li Keqiang hosted an executive meeting of the State Council on December 9th, 2020. The meeting passed the “Regulations on the Management of Emission Permits (Draft)”, clarifying that the pollutant discharge units shall be classified according to the amount of pollutants produced, discharged, and the level of impact to the environment, among others.


On October 30th, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) released two action plans for comprehensive control of air pollution in the autumn and winter of 2020-2021, focusing on Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (Jing-Jin-Ji) cluster plus Fenwei Plain and Yangtze River Delta area.