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Event Report: Chinese-German Knowledge Exchange on Sustainable Development and Urban Renewal
Cities in China are home to around 800 million people, which is almost a 20% share of the global urban population. And as people continue to move from rural areas into cities in seek well-being and economic prosperities, the Chinese urban share is projected to reach 70% in 2035.
The rapid industrialization in China has brought about new opportunities for urban dwellers. But at the same time, it has also led to challenges and adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation in the country. To tackle these problems, more and more cities in China have begun exploring and adopting nature-based solutions as a means to build up ecological low carbon schemes, while improving their local urban environment.
Under such background, the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat Beijing Office and GIZ’s Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership (SGUP) project co-organized the virtual event “Sustainable Urban Renewal through Nature-Based Solutions: Lessons learned from Chinese and German Cities” on October 23, as a part of Daring Cities 2020.