GEF-funded "Green and Carbon-Neutral Cities" Project Launches in China

UrbanShift's project in China aims to support participating cities in achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by implementing nature-based solutions and urban biodiversity strategies and mainstreaming integrated planning at the city level.

Launch event of UrbanShift's China project in Beijing, hosted by the World Bank.

UrbanShift’s local project in China, Green and Carbon-Neutral Cities, was launched today in Beijing at a workshop hosted by the World Bank and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), under the National Development and Reform Commission. The GEF-funded project aims to integrate biodiversity conservation into the development plans of three participating cities – Chongqing, Chengdu and Ningo – and create a pathway to carbon neutrality, with a grant of USD 26.9 million. 

Dr. Mara Warwick (Country Director of China, Mongolia, and Korea, World Bank), Mr. Peng Xiang (Acting Director, Finance and Portfolio Management Division, Ministry of Finance), Ms. Qiu Aijun (Deputy Director-General, CCUD), and representatives of the participating cities provided welcome remarks. Ms. Qiu, on behalf of the national executing agency, committed to working closely with the World Bank to achieve the project’s goals at a high level. She expressed the potential of the project beyond its lifetime and the benefits it could bring to other cities in China, with the support of the consortium’s global partners.

As UrbanShift’s implementation partner in China, the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat presented the global platform’s knowledge and capacity-building offer at the event. For more information, please visit UrbanShift's China project page.