Environmental contestation in China: Motives and impact

Bert Enserink, Dimosthenis Michalakeas, Dang Wenqi

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Environmental legislation in China prescribes Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment to be arranged by the initiator of a project. Nevertheless concerns of effected citizens are often neglected and not addressed in the impact studies. The rising public environmental awareness and realization of health risks related to the proposed activity can lead to outbreaks of public protests and mass events, which may result in cancellation of such projects. In this paper some recent cases of contestation in China are presented and their impact on environmental decision-making analysed. It shows that the Chinese public does have an impact on policy making and stimulates the government to sharpen environmental regulation and procedures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment
Subtitle of host publicationIAIA17 Conference Proceedings | IA’s Contribution in Addressing Climate Change
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventIAIA17: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change - montreal, Canada
Duration: 4 Apr 20177 Apr 2017


ConferenceIAIA17: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change

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