CEF in the News: CEF Coordinator Quoted in Newsweek

Jennifer Turner quoted in Newsweek International article on SEPA's stand against dams

Feb 17, 2005

CEF Coordinator Jennifer Turner was quoted on the effects of government decentralization and the spread of activist groups on the environmental movement in China in the February 14th issue of Newsweek International. Also quoted was Elizabeth Economy, who has contributed to past issues of China Environment Series.

To read the entire article, click here. A brief excerpt is provided below:

Those numbers have, in turn, added to the clout of formerly ineffective agencies like SEPA. Pan Yue, SEPA's deputy director, is a well-connected Communist Party rising star who "clearly has Wen Jiabao's ear," says Elizabeth Economy, a China specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations. And Wen, a former geologist, chairs a high-level advisory body that includes both Chinese and foreign environmental experts. But the spread of activist groups lends muscle to their pro-environment policies. As political decentralization has dispersed power to the provincial and even city level, these groups act as helpful sources of local information—and, in effect, extend the reach of watchdog agencies. "The government really doesn't have the local leverage or as many sticks as they used to," says Jennifer Turner, an expert on Chinese environmental issues at the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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