Sino-German Environmental Partnership

Niels Thevs

Position: Project Director

Telephone: + 86 132 4122 3720


Niels Thevs is the Project Director of the Environmental Partnership since March 2023. Within GIZ he was an advisor in the field of soil protection and sustainable land use from 2020-2023. Before that, 2014-2020, he was appointed at CIFOR-ICRAF in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to develop a research program on agroforestry systems for Central Asia. Before 2014, he worked as a researcher at University of Greifswald. There, he was responsible to develop and carry out research projects in the fields of sustainable land use, biodiversity protection, and water resources. He established partnerships with research institutions from China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Next to research, he was involved in teaching (GIS, remote sensing, and soil science). Dr. Thevs obtained his PhD in Landscape Ecology at University of Greifswald and a Diploma in Biology and Soil Sciences from University of Hamburg. Between the Diploma and the PhD course, he developed projects in the field of environmental education with various organizations from China.