Decades of double-digit economic growth in China has led to environmental degradation, which threatens to constrain the country’s economy and carrying capacity of the environment and natural resources. China is now increasingly working to reverse this trend. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) in its design of an effective environmental governance system in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership since 2013. The project entered into its second phase in September 2017, which is currently expected to be in operation until 2021.