Keyword: Environment

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.

The Culture of China's Environmental Movement

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

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

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.

Chinese NGOs Travel to Myanmar

Chinese NGOs Travel to Myanmar

Yu Xiaogang, one of China’s best-known environmentalists and founder of the Yunnan NGO, Green Watershed, writes about the environmental and social impact of China’s rapidly growing investment in Myanmar.  

Editorial: Animal Welfare and the Dignity of the Chinese People

Editorial: Animal Welfare and the Dignity of the Chinese People

CDB’s editors see in the debate over animal welfare hope for reconsidering long-held cultural beliefs rooted in anthropocentrism and utilitarianism.

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

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?

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

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.