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Environmental NGOs in China - partners in environmental governance

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Lehrack, Dorit

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Abstract "This paper is a snapshot of the potential of Chinese environmental NGOs to effectively address environmental problems and needs, alone and in partnership with others. As environmental NGOs have only be on stage for the last ten years or so and as they undergo dynamic changes, a thoroughly conducted scientific analysis about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks is not possible yet. However, as the author has more than six years working experience with different Chinese environmental NGOs across the country, some empiric findings can be given, and some trends and tendencies be predicted. The paper starts with a look at the history of NGOs in China with a specific focus on environmental NGOs, followed by problems and chances caused by the present legal status of the groups. It then describes the main working areas of Chinese environmental NGOs, illustrating them by giving some representative examples. After a brief analysis, the paper proposes current trends and tendencies about the development of China's environmental NGOs. The main trend is that Chinese NGOs, independently on their origin (grass root, semistate organizations or Government-organized non-profit environmental organizations) will gain more respect and influence in both environmental awareness raising and as competent partners in policy formulation and law enforcement, if the State institutions concerned will involve them in planning and developing processes in an early stage and assist them in their capacity building. NGOs in this paper means citizen and not-profit organizations, such as charities, social organizations, environmental groups, intermediary groups, and so forth." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; environmental protection; non-governmental organization; historical development; political influence; general conditions; environmental protection organization; government
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Ecology, Environment
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Berlin
Page/Pages 30 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, 2006-009
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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