Environmental awareness, governance and public participation: Public perception perspectives

Kenneth K K WONG*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

User-Defined Keywords

  • Civic development in China
  • Environmental awareness
  • Environmental governance
  • Environmental NGOs


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