Department of Geography
Environmental awareness, governance and public participation: Public perception perspectives
China's rapid economic growth has come at severe environmental cost, challenging its sustainable development. This paper compares the findings of two public environmental awareness surveys conducted in 1998 and 2007 respectively. Although the findings suggest that the level of public environmental awareness is rising, the institutions that represent the public interest are weak. Thus the Chinese people rely on the government to solve the country's environmental problems. Environmental NGOs are part of a developing civil movement. The growing public environmental awareness provides an opportunity to help advance civic development in China. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Civic development in China, Environmental awareness, Environmental governance, Environmental NGOs
Source Publication Title
International Journal of Environmental Studies
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Wong, Koon-Kwai. "Environmental awareness, governance and public participation: Public perception perspectives." International Journal of Environmental Studies 67.2 (2010): 169-181.