Professionals from Guizhou learn more about how to conduct environmental damage and risk assessment

With a goal of improving the capacity of relevant professionals and organizations to conduct environmental damage and risk assessment, e.g. the newly established Guizhou Environmental Risk and Pollution Damage Appraisal Centre (GERPDAC), the EGP-Guizhou project successfully organized the second part of the Case Study on Environmental Damage Assessment (EDA) on December 3rd 2014 in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province.

The focus of Part 2 was on assessing and discussing environmental damages based on the sampling results from the local coal mine case (read more about Part 1 of the training hereopens in new window), reviewing methods for EDA and compensation departing from local case and a European case as well as increasing the capacity of evidence collection for environmental lawsuits. Furthermore, during the Part 2 training, the current situation of EDA in China was introduced and organizational mechanisms and best practice from other EDA Centers were discussed.

On Wednesday morning, the training started with Director Mr. Chengde Huang from GPEEC and project manager Mr. Mikael Olshammar from IVL introducing the background of the EGP-Guizhou project and the goal of organizing the Part 2 training on EDA. Thereafter, Mr. Johan Strandberg from IVL presented, reviewed and assessed the sampling data collected from the local case with focus on EDA. The presentation was followed by a discussion among the participants on the sampling data and the related assessment of its environmental damages. Mr. Johan Strandberg then introduced a Swedish “best practice” EDA case (related to a wood impregnation company) highlighting the various advanced methods which had been used in the field of EDA in the selected case and the final results of the case. The morning session was concluded by a discussion on the best practice from Sweden, raising issues and questions on the choice and applicability of demonstrated EDA methods in China.

In the afternoon, Judge Guangqian Luo from Qingzhen Environmental Court Qingzhen City first gave a presentation about evidence definition, classification and collection for environmental lawsuits. Aspects to which should be paid special attention while collecting evidence were highlighted together with good practice from other environmental courts, e.g. concerning the function of expert witness. The presentation was followed by a Q & A. Next, Dr. Ji Qi from Centre for Environmental Risk and Damage Assessment (CERDA) of the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning introduced the current situation of EDA-related work in China including lessons learned from twelve already established EDA Centers in China. He also introduced the long-term strategy of EDA-related work from a state-level perspective. As the last point on the agenda, Director Ms. Lu Zhang from TianjinEnvironmental Protection Technology & Development Center (Tianjin EDA Centre) introduced the organizational set-up and operational mechanism of their Centre as well as their experiences in terms of what has worked well and what has been challenging. The afternoon session was concluded by a discussion related to the experience from national EDA work and the Tianjin EDA Centre but also related to the next steps on EDA in a Guizhou context.

In total, more than 35 participants attended the Part 2 training including staff from GERPDAC, representatives from local environmental engineering and monitoring companies and local lawyers working in the field of environmental lawsuit.

For the full documentation of the EDA workshop, see here.external link

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Xu Min, Project officer, IVL China, e-mail: xu.min@ivl.se

Mr. Li Xin, Project officer, GZICCEP, e-mail: epblixin@163.com

Updated: 2014-12-11

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IVL Swedish Environmental Research Instituteexternal link, opens in new window

All-China Environment Federation (ACEF)external link, opens in new window

Guizhou International Cooperation Centre for Environmental Protection (GZICCEP),

Guiyang Public Environmental Education Centre (GPEEC).

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