FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
China’s 10-year-old Ministry of Environmental Protection will be transformed into the wider-reaching Ministry for Ecological Environment, and will absorb environmental duties formerly held by the land, water and agriculture ministries. The changes are expected to be approved Saturday.
“China’s decision to create a new environment ministry, which includes the country's climate change agenda, is a big shake up in the country but may well be a positive long-term development,” says Jackson Ewing, senior fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. “Although the practical impacts of China's reorganization are not yet apparent, the Ministry for Ecological Environment appears poised to carry a strong mandate to strengthen the country’s air, water, soil and ecological focus.”
Jackson Ewing holds a joint appointment as a senior fellow at Duke's Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions and an adjunct associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He works closely with the Duke Kunshan University Environmental Research Center and International Masters of Environmental Policy programs to build policy research collaboration across Duke platforms in the United States and China. He has led projects on Asian carbon market cooperation and sustainable resource development in China.
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