The multi-stakeholder conference focused on the functions and mutual effects of different stakeholders when facing environmental justice problems, especially environmental pollution conflicts. The function of NGOs as third-party to supervise is very important in this work. The conference aimed specifically at making suggestions for further improvement of multi-stakeholder discussions/negotiations and third-party supervision based on previous practices in Qingzhen city of Guizhou, learning from the EU-China context. Furthermore, during the conference, stakeholders in Guizhou got the opportunity to increase their capacity, discuss and elaborate the relevant dialogue methodology together with invited experts.
In the first part of the conference, the role of the multi-stakeholders in environmental justice were introduced and discussed by governmental representatives, NGOs, enterprises and villagers. The morning was moderated by
Ms. WU Zhuyong from the Standing Committee of Municipal Committee and Secretary of Qingzhen, who welcomed all participants and put forward her great gratitude to all the speakers, and she also introduced the different stakeholders. Mr. TANG Song from Qingzhen ecological civilization construction bureau then introduced the process of pollution control and the function of his organization as well as their work plan. Next, Mr. HUANG Chengde presented the idea of NGO roles in multi-stakeholder dialogues, and the third party supervision and also the joint forces made by all stakeholders. This was followed by introductions from participating companies, who raised their concerns about the response from villagers and governments for certain pollutions. The companies highlighted some old conflicts between themselves and villagers and underlined how conflicts now are handled gradually through efficient multi-stakeholder dialogues thanks to the third-party supervision. Villagers’ representatives expressed their views on being affected by pollution and how they hope efficient multi-stakeholder dialogues can be carried out (on equal terms) and that their concerns get acknowledged. They also mentioned that the third-party supervision is one good way to guarantee a multi-stakeholder dialogue. As victims for pollution, the village representatives also expressed their determination of constant supervision over companies’ pollution. Ms. GAO Si from IVL urged the participants to use the training material of multi-stakeholder dialogues disseminated to all participants during the conference, and made a short introduction to the social methodologies described in the training material. To conclude the first part of the conference, vice-mayor of Qingzhen City Mr. Song expressed his willingness to be engaged in multi-stakeholder dialogue with all the relevant stakeholders, and improve the communication with and compliance from the companies by delivering the stricter and harsher regulations of the new environmental law which will be implemented from January 1st 2015.
The second part of the conference was dedicated to discussions with participating stakeholders, initiated by Ms. GAO Si, during which the companies’ representatives, villagers, NGO representatives and officials enthusiastically discuss how to collaborate more in the future and how to make the multi-stakeholder dialogues and third-party supervision more efficient. The discussion topics included the selection of qualified supervisor, the responsibilities of the government, current difficulties they are facing with and the 2015 work plan for the third party supervision. In the end, Ms. WU concluded the whole conference with great attitude of the efforts made by all stakeholders and hope of further improvement on the pollution control and supervision.
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Mr. Xu Min, Project officer, IVL China, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Li Xin, Project officer, GZICCEP, e-mail: email@example.com