Keyword: Environment

NGO lawsuit against Hangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau about information disclosure fails again

For the second time, Beijing environmental organization, Yuantou Aihaozhe Environmental Institute has lost a lawsuit against the Hangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau for not disclosing information on local waste incineration plants.

The NPC Law Committee presents the features of the new Environmental Protection Law concerning public interest lawsuits

Yuan Jiechen, director of the NPC Law Committee, explains the features of the new law, in particular the reasons why four reviews were necessary before the final approval.

A Review of Civic Environmentalism in China in 2012

A Review of Civic Environmentalism in China in 2012

Feng Yongfeng, founder of the Green Beagle Environment Institute (达尔问自然求知社) and Nature University (自然大学), reviews the ups and downs in civic environmentalism in 2012.

Beijing University Civil Society Center’s “Ten Major Events in China’s Social Sector for 2013”

Beijing University Civil Society Center’s “Ten Major Events in China’s Social Sector for 2013”

On January 15, 2014, the Beijing University Center for Civil Society Studies announced the 10 top events of 2013 selected by a group of experts.

Lin Lusheng: Let Education and Our Minds Return to a Natural State

Lin Lusheng: Let Education and Our Minds Return to a Natural State

CDB Associate Editor Guo Ting profiles Lin Lusheng, who has established progressive educational organizations and was selected by the Narada Foundation to be a Gingko Partner.

Alliance of environmental NGO research organizations publish second Blue Sky Roadmap report

The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, in conjunction with other organizations publically released their second ‘Blue Sky Roadmap’ air pollution report.

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

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

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

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.

Chinese Overseas Investment in Cambodia: Conflicts and Solutions

Chinese Overseas Investment in Cambodia: Conflicts and Solutions

Cao Ke and Wang Xiaojuan of the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s China office report on the environmental and social conflicts stemming from Chinese overseas investment and provide recommendations on how those conflicts can be ameliorated.

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.

Cooperation or Confrontation? The Dilemmas of a Pluralizing Civil Society

Cooperation or Confrontation? The Dilemmas of a Pluralizing Civil Society

In this article, Fu Tao, CDB’s Senior Researcher, addresses some important questions facing NGOs both in China and abroad particularly in their work supervising corporate behavior.

A View from the Media: Who's Responsible for Watching our Water?

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

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)

International Rivers Report (Nov 2012)

A new NGO guide on Chinese-built dams around the world

Laos' Ban Chim Village: The First Partnership Between a Chinese NGO and a Chinese Company Overseas

Laos’ Ban Chim Village: The First Partnership Between a Chinese NGO and a Chinese Company Overseas

This article reports on the new trend of Chinese NGOs following companies overseas to monitor and work with them and other stakeholders to mitigate the social and environmental impact of Chinese investment on local communities abroad.