Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law
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Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law

Edited by Bridget M. Hutter

This insightful book considers how the law has adapted to the environmental challenges of the 21st Century and the ways in which it might be used to cope with environmental risks and uncertainties whilst promoting resilience and greater equality. These issues are considered in social context by contributors from different disciplines who examine some of the experiments tried in different parts of the world to govern the environment, improve the available legal tools and give voice to more diverse groups.
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Chapter 9: Dialogue strategies for socio-ecological resilience and sustainability in China

Hua Wang


Social-ecological resilience and sustainability have long been serious concerns in China. Along with the rapid economic development in the past three decades, environmental qualities of air, water and soil have been continuously deteriorating, health risks caused by pollution have recently reached to a point historically high, and social conflicts due to environmental problems occur everywhere and frequently. Traditional regulatory approaches are designed and implemented but are frequently ineffective. However, the recent development of societal approaches such as environmental stakeholder dialogues can be good complements to the conventional strategies for social-ecological resilience and sustainability in China, at least at the community level.

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