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China Concludes 1st Round of Central Government Environmental Inspections and Gears up for a New Round

  •   21 Jun 2019
  •    Nora Wang
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    In mid-May 2019, China’s first round of central government environmental inspections and follow-up reviews were wrapped up. It is reported that the central government has been vigorously preparing for a new round of actions to enhance environmental protection efforts.                   

    Back in August 2015, the state issued the Program of Environmental Inspections (trial),[1] the Program for Construction of Ecological and Environmental Monitoring Networks, [2] the Pilot Program for Auditing Outgoing Government Officials’ Management of Natural Assets, [3] and the Measures for Liability Investigation of Party and Government Officials for Damage to Ecological Environment (trial). [4] These documents together clarified the system of environmental inspections and constituted a basic framework for the initiative. In line with them, the major focus in environmental inspections was shifted from businesses to governments.

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