Secondary beneficiaries are the Chinese people as whole as well as governments at the central and local level, as the experiences gained from the project can be duplicated in other parts of the country.
Pollution cases occur frequently, causing damages to citizens lacking adequate means and support to protect their environmental rights. Therefore, the primary target group of the project was pollution victims in Guizhou province, and additionally the general public of Guizhou province.
A second target group consisted of local governmental institutions and other public environmental institutions such as environmental protection bureaus, environmental monitoring stations and environmental information centres. An objective of the project was to increase capacity on environmental management, monitoring and communication within these organizations in order to ensure their supportive role in environmental justice. Furthermore, capacity building activities were also offered to local as well as nation-wide non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in order to empower them and provide them with EU experiences and techniques in the protection of environmental justice.
Another target group was judicial authorities in Guizhou province, such as provincial and municipal courts, environmental tribunals and public security bureaus. The improvement of environmental knowledge amongst local judicial staffs increased their capacity to protect the public’s rights. Co-educations and multi-stakeholder conferences were essential in establishing mechanisms for better communication between judicial and environmental authorities. Correspondingly, law firms and volunteer lawyers require environmental knowledge in order to efficiently handle pollution cases.
An additional target group for the EGP-Guizhou project was polluting enterprises with a major impact on the environment and human health in the project area. The project seeked to enhance their knowledge of corporate social responsibility and the requirements of pollution abating measures.
Finally, the ultimate aim of the project was to provide input and expertise to China’s legislative organs, such as the National People’s Congress (NPC),Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), by providing proposals on improved legislative processes regarding environmental justice in China.