Berlin! We traveled to Berlin!

If you are in Germany, never miss the chance to visit Berlin – a city that combines extraordinary diversity of culture, nature, beauty, historical treasures, and even options of public transportation. We, the CIPSEM participants, had a great opportunity to explore the historical, environmental and economic value of this fantastic city. An excursion to Berlin between 29th March and 1st April brought us to the site where major redevelopment projects are ongoing.

Our first stop was in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. An introduction to the ministry by Ms. Königsberg was followed up with a lively discussion about our impressions on Germany so far. Then we had the opportunity to meet the head of the Division for the United Nations and the Cooperation with Developing and Emerging Countries of the ministry, Mr. Contius. He elaborated on the German position and his experiences from the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September last year. The visit was concluded with a guided tour through the headquarters of the ministry.

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Before continuing the programme, there was some time for Berlin sightseeing and we visited Potsdam Square, the Holocaust memorial, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament Building – “Bundestag”).

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Our last stop for this first day was the greywater recycling project at Block 6. The head behind this project, Mr. Nolde, explained the historical background of greywater recycling in Germany, his aim and objectives of the project and his idea of new water concepts.

More stations at our excursion to the German capital during the next days were: the Ecological Institute, the German Emission Trading Authority and the German Energy Agency.

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Berlin – truly a(nother) city which never sleeps 🙂

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Report by Hiba Mohammad (Syria)

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