There is now a Chinese translation of the World Resources 2002-2004 Guide (read the entire report). The guide was translated by WRI partners He Jun and Hu Xinping of the World Agroforestry Centre (also known as ICRAF) Kunming office.
World Resources 2002-2004: Decisions for the Earth: Balance, Voice, and Power focuses on the importance of good environmental governance by exploring how citizens, government managers, and business owners can foster better environmental decisions that meet the needs of people and ecosystems with equity and balance. As the world’s most populous nation with one of the fastest growing economies and some of the most complex natural resource challenges anywhere, environmental governance decisions in China will have lasting financial and environmental impacts for the billion-plus Chinese citizens and indeed the entire world.
In October, WRI and ICRAF convened a workshop in China’s Yunnan province for environmental NGOs to assess the strengths of their community and to identify strategies for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. The Yunnan province has seen rapid changes in environmental activities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) over the past 15 years. There are now many more active organizations, both domestic and international, and their activities are now much more diverse.
About 35 participants attended the workshop, including Chinese NGOs and research institutes from Yunnan, Beijing, Guizhou and Sichuan. Several conservation groups with offices in Yunnan also attended. The workshop covered several areas that are essential parts of a framework for environmental governance in China:
- Access to information
- Public participation
- Levels of authority
- Institutions and laws
Printed versions of the Chinese translation of the guide may be available in the near future.