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GIZ has been supporting China’s reform and development process on behalf of the German Government for more than 30 years, reflecting China’s changing needs and role in the world. GIZ’s current activities, which are undertaken in the scope of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Germany and China, aim to benefit and serve the interests of both countries. GIZ currently has 42 seconded and 82 national personnel working on 23 Sino-German projects and programmes, as well as on 10 regional and global projects and programmes in China.  

China and Germany see themselves as key partners within their respective regions and have intensified their broad-based cooperation across a range of sectors in recent years. As a German partner for sustainable development, GIZ supports China in working to achieve a balance between economic development, social justice and environmental protection, in compliance with the objectives of the 13th Five Year Plan. Safeguarding global public goods is the focus of a growing number of initiatives.

GIZ implements projects and programmes for seven German Federal Ministries. Of these, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), are its main commissioning parties. Furthermore, GIZ works for the European Union (EU), private foundations, Chinese public sector clients and businesses.

GIZ operates in the following priority areas in China:

  • environment, climate, natural resources and agriculture
  • sustainable urban development, energy and transport
  • rule of law, financial system development, and quality infrastructure
  • economic and social development (including vocational training).

GIZ’s services in China incorporate many dimensions of international cooperation: organising, developing and providing technical input for political dialogues are key elements of cooperation between the two countries. It is increasingly important, in this context, to bring together a range of stakeholders and facilitate their exchange, e.g. by involving associations and businesses in political processes. In addition, GIZ provides China with policy advisory services and technical expertise, facilitates knowledge sharing, implements training, and supports organisational development in sectors in which Germany has leading-edge know-how and technologies.

In delivering advisory services, GIZ utilises a comprehensive and experienced network of German, international and Chinese experts and institutions in Germany and Europe.

Projects and Programmes

Governance and democracy

environment and climate change

Economic development and employment

Rural Development

Completed Projects and Programmes

Sino-German Environmental Partnership (BMUB) Protection of Sustainable Policy Initiatives in the Management of Natural Resources in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (ICIMOD) Preserving biodiversity in the Kailash region Qualification of Key Actors on Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector (BMUB) Climate protection and electro-mobility (BMUB) Consumer Data Protection with Emerging Economies Sino-German dialogue on the promotion of a mobility and fuel strategy in China Climate change mitigation in land use (BMUB) Leadership training on environmental and climate issues (BMUB) Energy efficiency in public buildings Regional economic cooperation and integration in Asia Unterstützung der deutsch-chinesischen Arbeitsgruppe zur Produktsicherheit Toy safety in China – a development partnership with the private sector Disaster risk management Energy efficiency and climate-friendly development in one province (Jiangsu) and in selected cities (BMUB) Transport Demand Management in Peking - Minderung von Emissionen im städtischen Verkehr Economic and Structural Reform Consumer Protection and Product Safety Programme Wetland Biodiversity Conservation Windenergie - Angewandte Forschung und Ausbildung (II) Renewable energy: optimisation of biomass utilisation Wind Power Research and Training Centre Energy policy and energy efficiency Financial System Development Converting XPS foam production from F-gases to climate-friendly CO2 technology (BMUB) Manufacture of room air conditioners using hydrocarbons as a replacement for halogenated refrigerants (BMUB) Climate protection through energy efficiency in buildings (baseline study) (BMUB) Environmental Policy Programme Insurance instruments for adaptation to climate change (BMUB) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Cooperation with the management academy

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