The bilateral co-operation between China and Norway is focused on the environmental sector. Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Royal Norwegian Embassy have conducted many projects according to a MoU between Norway and China from 2001 and referring to a MoU between Norway's Ministry for Environment (MoE) and State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) from 1995. A new MoU was signed between MoE and China 's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP, former SEPA) in June 2008.
Projects in Progress:
Sino-Norwegian Competence Building Project on Environmental Management
Purpose: A platform for dissemination of the environmental management derived through the Sino-Norwegian Environmental Cooperation programme is established and training is provided.
Implementing agencies: FECO (China’s MEP) and SFT (Norway’s MoE)
Norwegian funds: NOK 21,66 million
Status of Project: Agreement signed 30 April 2009
Contact person: SFT, Tor Skudal
Improving Environmental Five-Year plans
Purpose: To improve the planning effectiveness in three pilot provinces, serving as an important basis for the national evaluation of the 11th FYEP and being a model for future Chinese provincial planning at large.
Implementing agencies: FECO (MEP) and ECON Pöyry AS
Norwegian funds: 8,8 mill NOK
Status of Project: Agreement signed 20 January 2009
Contact person: Haakon Vennemo, ECON Pöyry