About us

About Us

Sino-German Environmental Partnership

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership project 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 project 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 project, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership project entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021.

Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership project supports its Chinese 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.

What we can do for you

Support Political dialogue

Political dialogue enables an environment policy exchange, it defines the strategic direction of the Sino-German Environmental Partnership and builds trust. We offer strategic environmental dialogue on a variety of topics – including improvement of air, water, and soil quality as well as biodiversity. We prepare and facilitate high-level meetings. We support the implementation of agreed activities.

Provide Political Counsel

We provide political consultancy services on strategically relevant topics, including continuous counseling as well as preparing studies, analyses, workshops, and training. We provide European and German best practices and lessons learned on how to strengthen the ecological and environmental administration system through institutional and policy reform.

Enhance Environmental Communication

Clear communication translates undertakings into understanding. We communicate about environmental policy through various channels – in China and Germany. We facilitate know-how and information exchange. We offer capacity building measures.

Partners

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is the German ministerial body in charge of commissioning the Sino-German Environmental Partnership. In 2010, the BMU signed a declaration of intent regarding the Sino-German Environmental Partnership with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). The BMU is committed to the advancement and strengthening of international cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. As such, it currently has several different projects under commission in China and other countries to fulfill this goal.

Ministry of Ecology and Environment

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China (MEE) is the leading Chinese governmental body responsible for developing and organizing the implementation of national policies and plans for environmental protection. The MEE takes charge of supervising and managing the prevention and control of environmental pollution, carries out environmental science and technology research, as well as the management system for pollution prevention and control of water, air, soil, light, odor, solid wastes, chemicals, and vehicle emissions. The MEE has cooperated with the BMU on environmental issues since 2000 and since 2010, both have supported their strategic environmental dialogue within the framework of the Sino-German Environmental Partnership.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. GIZ operates in around 120 countries with approx. 22,200 staff members worldwide. We offer our partners in developing, emerging and industrialized countries tailor-made and effective solutions in all fields of sustainable economic development as well as environmental and climate protection. Since 2013 GIZ is commissioned by BMU to implement the Sino-German Environmental Partnership. The Project team is located in Beijing.

Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center

Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center (FECO) is an institution affiliated to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China (MEE). It was founded in 1989 and is mandated to coordinate and manage the funds of projects in cooperation with international financial organizations and for implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and bilateral assistances, as well as other foreign cooperation activities in the field of environmental protection.

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

Established in 1992, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) is a high level non-profit international advisory body composed of high-level Chinese and international figures and well-known experts in the field of environment and development. The main tasks of the CCICED are: exchanging and disseminating international successful experience in the field of environment and development; studying key environment and development issues of China; providing forward-looking, strategic and early warning policy recommendations to State leaders and decision makers of all levels in China, facilitating the implementation of a sustainable development strategy and the development of a resource-saving and environmentally friendly society in China.

The Sino-German Environmental Partnership works with the CCICED to support the drafting of policy recommendations on specific climate, environment and development matters by drawing on German and international expertise. Former Environment Minister Dr. Barbara Hendricks held the position as Vice Chairperson of the CCICED from 2014 until 2016, underlining the appreciation of the Sino-German environmental cooperation. Currently, Prof. Dirk Messner, President of the German Federal Environment Agency, is a CCICED Council Member.

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is the German government’s scientific authority with responsibility for national and international nature conservation. BfN is one of the government’s departmental research agencies and reports to the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The Agency provides the BMU with professional and scientific assistance in all nature conservation and landscape management issues and in international cooperation activities. BfN furthers its objectives by carrying out related scientific research and is also in charge of a number of funding programmes.

The German Federal Environment Agency

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is Germany’s central environmental authority. It was established in Berlin in 1974 and has had its headquarters in Dessau since May 2005. The UBA is a partner and point of contact in Germany for a number of international institutions, for instance the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Environment Agency.

Our Team

Dr. Christian Stärz

Dr. Christian Stärz is the Director of the Sino-German Cooperation on Biodiversity and Environment at GIZ China. He l...

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Dai Min

Dai Min Joined GIZ in June 2010, previously as a Technical Advisor in the Sino-German Environmental Policy Programme ...

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Nie Yanpeng

With more than ten years experience working in the environmental services and energy ...

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Zhang Yang

Yang has a diverse background of working at the government of China and environmental...

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Jan Philipp Laurinat

Jan Philipp Laurinat is Advisor in the Sino-German Environmental Partnership (SGEP) at GIZ in China. He supports its ...

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Jan-Hendrik Eisenbarth

Jan-Hendrik Eisenbarth is Advisor in the Sino-German Cooperation on Biodiversity and ...

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Dr. Christian Stärz

Dr. Christian Stärz is the Director of the Sino-German Cooperation on Biodiversity and Environment at GIZ China. He leads a variety of bilateral activities which are vital to the enhancement of political dialogue between Germany and China on the environment and nature protection. His mission also targets the implementation of various technical cooperation works, including biodiversity modeling, ecosystem accounting, green finance, green product certification, emission pollution control and the protection of air, water and soil. Christian is also managing the German membership for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), a high-level international advisory body which aims to strengthen cooperation and exchange between China and the international community in the field of environment and development. Prior to his current work, Christian managed technical cooperation projects in South Asia for the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and as a GIZ Advisor in Fiji, supported a regional program for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in regards to climate change adaptation. Christian holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Bonn and a Diploma in Ecology from the University of Münster.

Project Director
+86 (0)10 8527 5180 ext. 49
christian.staerz@giz.de
Dai Min

Dai Min Joined GIZ in June 2010, previously as a Technical Advisor in the Sino-German Environmental Policy Programme and in the follow-up Sino-German Environmental Partnership Project (SGEP), she became the Project Manager of the SGEP since April 2019 until present. She has been implementing and managing a variety of project work streams and activities in close collaboration with the project partners and stakeholders, especially with partners at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of China, and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). Dai Min has a research background in a variety of areas of environmental sciences from environmental governance, international environmental policy, environmental economics to ecology and natural resources. She holds a Master degree (MSc) in Environmental Science from Wageningen University of the Netherlands, and a Bachelor degree (BSc) in Environmental Policy and Management from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science of the Netherlands.

Project Manager
+86 (0)10 8527 5180 ext. 43
min.dai@giz.de
Nie Yanpeng

With more than ten years experience working in the environmental services and energy industry, Nie Yanpeng is skilled in Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and International Project Cooperation. Yanpeng holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree focused on Energy and the Environment from Lancaster University/England.

Technical Advisor
+86 (0)10 8527 5180 ext. 48
yanpeng.nie@giz.de
Zhang Yang

Yang has a diverse background of working at the government of China and environmental NGOs across China and America. She focused on initiating policy dialogues and managing projects across the Asia-Pacific Region on biodiversity conservation, forest management and climate change. Yang holds her M.A in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

Technical Advisor
+86 (0)10 8527 5180 ext. 58
yang.zhang@giz.de
Jan Philipp Laurinat

Jan Philipp Laurinat is Advisor in the Sino-German Environmental Partnership (SGEP) at GIZ in China. He supports its activities under the bilateral political dialogue between Germany and China on the environment and nature protection. He also coordinates SGEP’s technical cooperation workstreams on topics like biodiversity modeling, ecosystem accounting, green product certification and the protection of air, water and soil. Furthermore, Jan Philipp supports the German members in the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). Next to these responsibilities, Jan Philipp supervises timely and resource-efficient attainment of project goals and supports various project management tasks. Jan Philipp holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in China Studies from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), is fluent in Chinese and has three years of working experience in China. Prior to his current position, he gained professional experience in the German Federal Foreign Office.

Advisor
+86 (0)10 8527 5180 ext. 31
jan.laurinat@giz.de
Jan-Hendrik Eisenbarth

Jan-Hendrik Eisenbarth is Advisor in the Sino-German Cooperation on Biodiversity and Environment at GIZ China. He holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Conservation and Landscape Ecology from the University of Bonn. Through his research focus in marine biodiversity at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, he has gained professional experience in Indonesia. Prior to joining the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, Jan worked for 2 years in the Sustainability Office of GIZ, focusing on environmental management, corporate biodiversity management and sustainable procurement.

Advisor
+ 49 228 4460-1597
jan-hendrik.eisenbarth@giz.de