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Translated Policy Documents

The following are selected translated European and Chinese policy documents relevant to environmental governance. The original documents are also available for download.

European documents translated to Chinese language include European Commission directives, documents related to the Aarhus Convention and the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR), and other key documents related to environmental governance. Chinese documents translated to English include environmental legislation and other relevant policy documents.

Chinese Documents

Environmental Protection Law of PRC 2014

Translation by EGP

The new Environmental Protection Law of China was passed on 24 April 2014 and was made effective 1 January 2015. It includes a chapter on information disclosure and public participation, which allows NGOs to bring public interest litigation against polluters.

Action Plan for Water Pollution Prevention 2015

Translation by EGP

A comprehensive 5-year action plan issued by the State Council in order to significantly reduce water pollution and increase water treatment, recycling and water use efficiency in industry, municipalities and agriculture.

Supreme Court Interpretation for Environmental Public Interest Litigation 2015

Translation by ‘China Law Translate Community’

Interpretation by the Supreme People's Court to supplement article 58 of the new Environmental Protection law (2014), regarding environmental public interest litigation.

Measures for Public Participation in Environmental Protection 2015

Translation by EGP

A draft issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China and was published for public opinion. This document aims to support better implementation of Chapter V of the new Environmental Protection Law: 'Information Disclosure and Public Participation'.

Law of PRC on the Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution 2015

Translation by EGP

This is an unofficial English translation of the revised Law on the Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution published on 29 August 2015.

State Council Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan 2013

Translation by CAAC

This is an unofficial English translation of the action plan for prevention and control of air pollution issued by the State Council 2013.

European Documents

Aarhus Convention 1998

Translation by UN

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, adopted on 25 June 1998 in Aarhus, Denmark, at the Fourth Ministerial Conference as part of the "Environment for Europe" process.

Aarhus Convention Implementation Guide 2014

Translation by EGP

A comprehensive, convenient and user-friendly reference tool providing guideline for implementation of the Aarhus Convention based upon experience gained since adoption of the Aarhus Convention in 2001.

Effective Justice - Synthesis Report 2013

Translation by EGP

A synthesis report of the different approaches and mechanisms used in application of Articles 9.3 and 9.4 of the Aarhus Convention as implemented by selected EU Member States.

Environmental Liability Directive 2004/35/EC (Amended 2009)

Translation by EGP

Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union of 21 April 2004, on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage. This translation includes first two amendments: through Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries, and through Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide and amending several directives.

New Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC

Translation by EGP

Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union of 21 May 2008, on protecting human health through setting legally binding limits for concentrations of major air pollutants. It merges and replaces nearly all previous EU air quality legislation.

Industrial Emission Directive 2010/75/EU

Translation by EGP

Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union of 24 November 2010. The Directive brings together the IPPC (Integrated Pollution and Prevention and Control) Directive and six other directives into a single document concerning industrial emissions. It covers industrial activities with a major pollution potential.

1979 Geneva Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution

Translation by EGP

A convention signed by 51 Parties including: Europe, North America and CIS States, to limit, reduce and prevent emissions impacting long-range transboundary air pollution. The commitment comprises: exchange of information, consultation, research and monitoring.