Today many people in China suffer from environmental problems relating to water, air and solid waste pollution. At the same time, they are often unaware of their environmental rights or lack knowledge about how to defend them. The EGP-Guizhou Project, carried out between 2012-2015, has aimed to improve the public’s access to environmental justice and to improve the environmental governance in China.
Focus lied on the Guizhou Province, which already had interesting experiences in protecting the environmental rights of the public – for instance, the first Chinese environmental tribunal was founded here in 2007.
Within the EGP-Guizhou project a number of activities have taken place with the aim of improving awareness and knowledge regarding environmental justice amongst the general public as well as government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), judicial authorities, enterprises, law firms and volunteer lawyers. This has included the production of information materials and websites as well as a handbook with legal advice and TV programs in order to raise awareness. Furthermore, capacity building activities for governmental officials, technicians and lawyers, NGO representatives and law-enforcing personnel was organized. Read more about key activities carried out here.
The main beneficiaries of the project have been the people of Guizhou, who gained improved access to environmental justice, but much effort was also be made to build know-how within local governmental institutions and judicial authorities as well as among law firms and volunteer lawyers, enterprises and non-governmental organizations.
The project has not only aimed to improve the access to environmental justice and environmental governance in the Guizhou Province, its’ ambition was also to duplicable the results in other parts of China as well as to provide input to central level policy-making in China.
The project is part of the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme and is financed through Europe Aid.
Project partners are IVL Swedish Research Institute, All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), Guizhou International Cooperation Centre for Environmental Protection (GZICCEP) and Guiyang Public Environmental Education Centre (GPEEC).