An implementation assessment of China's Environmental Information Disclosure Decree

L. Zhang, A.P.J. Mol, G. He, Y. Lu

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Abstract

China's 2007 Open Government Information Regulations is widely considered as a milestone in the country's information policy history and is praised as a “sunshine program”. The Environmental Information Disclosure Decree was the first to operationalize these general regulations into a sectoral information disclosure system on environment. This study assessed the implementation of the environmental information disclosure system about six months after the Decree took effect on May 1, 2008. Through reviewing the websites of all 31 provincial Environmental Protection Bureaus and the Ministry of Environmental Protection, conducting an experiment with actual information disclosure request, and through interviews with all provincial Environmental Protection Bureaus, this article concluded that the implementation of the environmental information disclosure system still falls short. Future improvements should focus on further publicity of the regulations and decree to enhance public participation, the establishment of an independent evaluation and supervision system for information disclosure, the exchange of experiences and best practices among provincial Environmental Protection Bureaus, and on strengthening the legal status of environmental information disclosure
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1649-1656
JournalJournal of Environmental Sciences
Volume22
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • governance
  • emissions
  • release

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