The Role of NGOs in China's Environmental Transparency Measures
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In this blog post, I will cover the topic of the role of NGOs in China's Environmental Transparency Measures. In 2008 to 2009, China came up with open government information regulations, which dictated that the Chinese government be more open with citizens and allow them to request for information from the government. In particular, the Administration of Environmental Protection has made greater disclosures. Green activists applauded steady progress on environmental transparency after public campaigns forced major players, including Apple and the Beijing government, to release sensitive information on pollution and its origins.
Environmental NGOs have been active in enforcing these transparency regulations. The NGOs have published a list 86,000 enterprise violations as of November 2011. These NGOs are a monitoring device for global companies.
Check out the attached multimedia resource. In the YouTube video, Mary Graham of the Transparency Policy Project speaks with Yeling Tan, pre-doctoral candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, about the impact of NGOs in China's environmental transparency measures. Moreover, look over the article very recently published in The Guardian regarding NGOs' involvement in China's environmental transparency progress.
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