The Role of Civil Society in Addressing China's Environmental Impacts


The Role of Civil Society in Addressing China’s Environment

In concert with an all-day symposium, a lunchtime talk on the role of civil society in protecting China’s environment.

The focus of global attention in recent years has been on China’s top-down, state-driven approach to environmental protection and “ecological civilization.”

What role is there for China’s civil society groups these days? How do they approach their work? What are the opportunities and risks involved? We are joined by several of China’s leading environmental advocates to discuss this important topic. Lunch will be provided.


  • Mr. MA Jun | Founder, Institute for Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE)

Panel Discussion:

  • Ms. Jingjing ZHANG | Founder, Center for Transnational Environmental Accountability (CTEA)
  • Mr. ZHAO Zhong | Founder, Green Cmelbell
  • Mr. REN Peng | Manager, Overseas Investment, Trade and the Environment Program, Global Environmental Institute (GEI)


  • Alex L. Wang | Professor, UCLA School of Law

This event is organized by the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (PBLJ) and the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and co-sponsored by the UCLA Law International and Comparative Law ProgramUCLA Center for Chinese Studies, and the UCLA Asia Pacific Center.

Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific CenterCenter for Chinese Studies, UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, Emmett Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA Law International and Comparative Law Program