Codify and Tighten Environment Law

China’s environmental legislation lacks power to enforce China’s environmental protection law.

Soaring economic growth in recent decades has put great strain on China’s environment, but according to a recent forum, China’s environmental legislation is lagging far behind.

The forum, Legal Provision for Building a Environment-Friendly Society, was sponsored by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and the Institute of Law, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and held November 2 to 3, in Shanghai.

[…] China had its first environmental protection law as early as in 1979, but the law is not very helpful in meeting the current environmental challenges, according to Bie Tao, a senior MEP official responsible for legislation. Bie cited several inadequacies.

The current law can do little to influence the government’s policy making process.

Read the entire article to learn of the specifics of the inadequacies of the current environmental legal and regulatory structure.

The weakness of China’s environmental legislation is also discussed in the previous CDT post regarding Zhang Jingjing.


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