Who has the right to launch a public interest lawsuit?
At the end of October, China’s ‘Environmental Protection Law’ was again discussed in the NPC Standing Committee’s third investigation. The discussion touched upon the requirements for public interest lawsuits, and meant that once again society focused on the issues surrounding legal action.
Environmental Advocacy Through Institutionalized Interaction with the Government
This is the second installment of a case study examining a Chongqing environmental NGO that uses a novel and effective way to supervise local government agencies and companies.
The Chongqing Two Rivers Center: An Environmental Watchdog
Fu Tao, CDB’s Senior Researcher, reports on a relatively new environmental NGO in Chongqing that has established a regular pattern of interaction with the local Environment Protection Bureau.
Ngocn.net – Fang Xuanchang: Viewing environmental NGOs from three angles
Fang Xuanchang: Viewing environmental NGOs from three angles 方玄昌：从三个角度看环保NGO Ngocn.net, November 6, 2013 My speech today is mainly directed at people in the media, at people in the same profession as myself. However I hope that online users can also get hold of it as well. There is much information and news in my speech that I would guess that online users have themselves experienced, but have perhaps not drawn the same conclusions as myself. My conclusions are directed towards environmental NGOs, with the Greenpeace organisation acting as a benchmark or typical case for me to discuss the issues that I talk about. The professional angle: from un-rigorous to anti-scientific …read more
View from the Media: Controversy over the Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit
Environmental NGOs and scholars are upset over a possible revision to the Environmental Protection Law that would permit only one GONGO (government-organized NGO) to file environmental public interest lawsuits, preventing NGOs from serving as primary plaintiffs.
Restrictions on public interest lawsuit viewed as inappropriate
Many have responded negatively to the recent draft of a revision to the Environmental Protection Law that sites the All-China Environment Federation as the sole agent of the new public interest lawsuit provision.
A View from the Media: Who’s Responsible for Watching our Water?
One of the latest controversies in Chinese society has been the issue of groundwater pollution in Shandong and other provinces. Disillusioned by the ineffectuality of the government agencies responsible for monitoring pollution, a number of civil society advocates have emphasized the role of NGOs and the public in efforts to eradicate pollution
Joining Forces to Integrate Gender and Development
Guo Ting, reports on Chinese women and environmental organizations joining international development NGOs on the eve of the Rio+20 meeting in calling for greater emphasis on gender considerations in future sustainable development discussions
International Rivers Report (Nov 2012)
A new NGO guide on Chinese-built dams around the world
The Culture of China’s Environmental Movement
A group of young environmentalists offer a critical examination of what they see as the shortcomings of the current environmental movement in China.
Reflecting on “Activism” China’s Environmental Movement
A group of young environmentalists argue that more strategic thinking and reflection, and less of an “action first” mentality, is needed if China’s environmental movement is going to succeed.
Environmental NGOs Join Forces to Submit Legislative Proposals
Advocacy and policy influencing have long been underdeveloped areas in the NGO sector, but as CDB Senior Staff Writer Guo Ting reports, recent years have seen more progress, particularly in the environmental sector where NGOs are partnering with mainstream players such as political and business elites, academics, and media to craft and submit legislative proposals.
A Public Letter Calls on Legislative Departments to Revise the Civil Procedure Law
The recent revision of the Civil Procedure Law is attracting attention from environmental groups.