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Sustainable Urban Renewal through Nature-Based Solutions: Lessons Learned from Chinese and German Cities

23 October 2020 @ 09:00 - 11:30 UTC+2


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23 October 2020 09:00 - 11:30 UTC+2
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Rapid and irreversible urbanization has escalated the impact of environmental degradation, climate change as well as various hazards and crises, concentrating in urban areas. The common challenges have given rise to a growing trend of urban renewal in consideration of sustainability. Governments of different countries, including China and Germany, are endeavoring to support the transformation and regeneration of their cities and communities to become more sustainable, resilient and livable.

The Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) project aims to promote the exchange of experiences and expertise in the field of sustainable and integrated urban development between China and Germany. For this purpose, the key topics including urban renewal have been defined. When forming the basis of urban renewal plans, social inclusion, economic growth and environmental sustainability should be integrated. In fact, green and sustainable development has become a key policy in both China and Germany’s urbanization strategies, including the dimensions of climate resilience and urban nature integration (nature-based development). In regenerating cities, green and nature-based solutions need to be prioritized and accelerated in the transition, in order to build cities more sustainable and resilient in response to increasing climate or ecological crises, and to decouple urban growth from negative impacts on climate and the environment.

Co-organized by SGUP, the virtual event aims to promote knowledge sharing, and considerations about further needed developments in policy and practice of Chinese and German cities; it offers officials insights on sustainable urban renewal initiatives, particularly with respect to identifying and applying nature-based solutions in response to climate and ecological crises.

This virtual exchange workshop will bring together SGUP Chinese and German stakeholders to share knowledge and practices on sustainable urban regeneration through applying nature-based solutions, and promote the SGUP to a broad global audience.

Key questions

  • Urban renewal can be seen as a cross-cutting instrument to facilitate spatial policies and address environmental/climate change impact on cities. How to establish the effective coordination mechanism in local authorities to upgrade existing urban environments and change the form and land use structure in environment-friendly manners?
  • How can NBS in urban renewal process, particularly in the renewal of old residential areas, help improve the resilience and sustainability of cities? And what are best approaches?


  • Mengyue Peng, Deputy Director, Center of Science and Technology and Industrialization Development, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD)
  • Shu Zhu, Regional Director and China Representative, ICLEI East Asia
  • Markus Delfs, Head of Cluster Sustainable Transition, GIZ China
  • Yi Zhang, Division Chief of Planning Division III, Institute of Planning and Design, City of Chengdu
  • Siyuan Zhao, Technical Head, Planning and Development Bureau of Sino-German Industrial Service Zone (Sanlongwan) Management Committee, City of Foshan
  • Agnes Schönfelder, Head of Climate Change Strategy Office, City of Mannheim & CEO, The Climate Action Agency Mannheim
  • Justus Alexander Quanz, Division City-Wide Strategies for Open Spaces, Ministry of Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture, City of Hamburg
  • Sibin Fan, Deputy Director of Urban Renewal Institute, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD)
  • Lennart Kümper-Schlake, Deputy Director, Division of International Nature Conservation, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
  • Dr. Daniel Krahl, Advisor, Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership Liaison Office, GIZ

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