The EU-China Environmental Governance Program (EGP) was an initiative within the field of China’s environmental governance funded by the EU, with the aim to promote environmental protection and sustainable development by strengthening government functions in the field of environmental protection, public participation and social responsibility of enterprises.
The program activities were carried out at both central and local levels. At the local level, a series of Partnership Projects (PPs) were implemented by means of tendering, and focused on four areas: public access to environmental information, public participation in environmental consultation and decision making, access to environmental justice and social environmental responsibility of enterprises. The activities within the PPs include policy research and development, summary to empirical models, policy-based pilot and demonstration projects, capacity building, promotion, and training. At the central level, the knowledge gained by the 15 PPs creates a base for providing capacity-improving technical advice to Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), environmental governance officials and professionals at the Central Level and to formulate recommendations for regulatory improvement, change or enhancement for consideration by Central Level policy makers.
The project “Improving access to environmental justice to protect people’s environmental rights in Guizhou province" (EGP-Guizhou) was one of the 15 local partnership projects within the EU-China Environmental Governance Program.