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.
Civil Society Contributions to Policy Innovation in China
In this original English-language article, Amanda Brown-Inz and Sabine Mokry report on an international conference held in May of this year in Beijing on civil society contributions to policy innovation in China.
Why Have Our Appeals for Information Disclosure Been Ignored?
In this important first-hand testimonial, Yu Xiaogang and Chen Yu of the well-known Yunnan-based environmental NGO, Green Watershed, detail how their appeals for information to be disclosed about a chemical factory involved in chromium pollution were systematically brushed aside by local authorities
Human Rights Action Plan Prohibits Extorting Confessions
The State Council Information Office issued its second human rights plan — Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015).
NGO Participation in Disaster Relief : Profiles of Reconstruction After the Sichuan Earthquake
This is our last in a series of articles on NGO responses to disasters that we are making available in commemoration of the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan. This article highlights the ongoing work of 10 NGO projects in the long-term reconstruction work in the earthquake-stricken areas of Sichuan.