The scale of China's urbanisation is by far the largest in the history of civilization.
It's significant for China's development and will impact greatly on the whole world.
Premier Li Keqiang, 17 March 2013
Urbanization is a worldwide trend, and while the challenges facing in Europe and China are very different, sharing and partnering at the municipal level holds great potential to help address social, economic and environmental sustainability issues. China can benefit from European know-how in order to meet its sustainability related goals, while Europe can integrate knowledge gained from pilot projects conducted in China.
EC-Link is the only cross-sector interdisciplinary platform between China and Europe on urbanization.
works with municipal governments to pilot low-carbon solutions for tomorrow's eco-cities
provides access to European excellence in planning for sustainable urban development
creates a unique knowledge base to scale-up best practices and support China's New Urbanization strategy
The Europe-China Eco Cities Link (EC-Link) Project is funded by the European Union in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), implemented by the Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS) and the European Consortium led by GIZ.
The project has received high-level government endorsement in both Europe and China as part of the EU-China Partnership on Urbanization, a broad political initiative promoting the development of adequate solutions for sustainable urban development. The services, technical assistance, and expertise provided by EC-Link assist the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in shaping a national ecological and low-carbon framework, and helps Chinese municipalities with their own ecological, low-carbon urban development.