The Sino-German Program Office for Environmental Protection was established by Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in 1999. Experts from Germany have been sent to China to develop and implement environmental programs together with officers from Division II of FECO.
Sino-German environmental policy program
The 4-year Sino-German Environmental Policy Program was launched in June, 2007, to provide policy advice to aid in China’s shift toward a sustainable development path. It aims to strengthen Chinese environmental agencies in their capacity to develop, implement and enforce effective environmental regulations and policies. It was implemented by FECO of MEP and GTZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The program consists of three components: 1) environmental policy development, 2) environmental legislation and enforcement, and 3) international dialogue on environmental policies. MEP is responsible for the second component. Based on the decision made during the 24th Meeting of China-Germany Mixed Committee, GTZ will sign agreements with each Chinese implementation agency on behalf of German government. FECO has been entrusted with the second component of this project by MEP. The agreement was signed in Beijing in November 2007. The Third Sino-German Environment Forum was convened in 2009, and the two sides continue to cooperate on volatile organic compounds (VOC) recycling, environmental technology management and environment supervision training.