PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE CHINESE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) SYSTEM
Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management,
Public participation, EIA, China
This article was initiated by findings that public participation in the Chinese Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system has not been effectively carried out. The article first introduces the research rationale and theoretical basis. It then reviews and analyses public participation in the Chinese EIA system, including its history, legal and institutional requirements and problems. Thirdly it puts forward suggestions for promoting public participation in the Chinese EIA system taking into account Chinese legal requirements and international experience, including strengthening current legal requirements, adapting institutional arrangements, establishing guidelines and carrying out education programmes and training for public participation in EIA.