Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making Process in China: A Case Study of the Anti-Nu River Dam Campaign in Yunnan Province Public Deposited

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  • The ever-increasing environmental degradation in China is leading people to pay more attention to environmental protection. Although Chinese government has made progress in dealing with environmental problems, the environment still gets worse. Thus, ordinary people began to take part in environmental issues, and make contributions to environmental protection. With increased public concern for the environment, people try to participate more in environmental decision-making so as to mitigate environmental damage. This paper examines hydroelectric development in the Nu River in Yunnan Province as a case study, which is a plan of building 13 dams on Nu River. Since this area is related to biodiversity protection, ethnic minorities, and World Heritage status, it has received a high-level concern from the public. The paper examines the influence of public participation on the decision-making process of the dam project, including environmental NGOs, corporations, the government, the media and local residents. Due to public participation, the fate of the dam project has changed. It has twice been suspended by Premier Wen Jiabao. This paper employs the Multiple Streams Policy Framework to examine public participation in the project, and explains how those interest groups put their environmental-friendly ideas into the policy agenda and influence the decision of dam construction.
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