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.


The event is co-hosted by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing and the Sino-German Environmental Partnership Project which is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The Covid-19 pandemic had and still has mayor influence on the schedule of CBD meetings. The original plan of having SBSTTA 24/SBI 3 in May 2020, OEWG 3 in July 2020 in Columbia and COP 15 in October 2020 in China became impossible already in spring 2020 when the first wave of the pandemic did hit most countries in the world. Since then the CBD secretariat and its partners struggle to keep the momentum and find new possible dates (and venues) for meetings. They also make use of online formats as far as possible.

As one of the milestones of the Sino-German Joint Research on Chemicals Management project, a video conference was organized between the German Environment Agency (UBA), GIZ (SGEP), the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center (FECO) of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) and the China Solid Waste and Chemical Management Center (SCC) of MEE on the 26th and 27th of October, 2020.


The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its fifth plenary session in Beijing on October 29th with the release of a Communique. The plenary session heard and discussed a work report delivered by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, on behalf of the Political Bureau/Politburo of the CPC Central Committee.


Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the world to join hands and act urgently to advance biodiversity conservation and global environmental governance. He also stressed the imperativeness of international cooperation to chart a sustainable pathway in response to COVID-19.


China plans to ramp up legislative measures after President Xi Jinping addressed national food security risks and called for greater efforts to reduce food waste.