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14 Civil Society Promoting Legislation on Protected Natural Areas

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During the period when the draft Natural Heritage Protection Law had been sent to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of China for review, a group of experts from research and conservation fields organized themselves voluntarily into the Natural Conservation Legislation Research Group and provided recommendations for drafting a comprehensive protected natural area law. The legislative proposal includes establishing a reasonable management category system, a functional zoning system, an effective supervision system of the government, scientific community, and civil society, developing scientific planning of a protected natural area system, guaranteeing funding for conservation management of protected areas, and engaging local communities in conservation and ensuring that they can benefit from it sustainably. The group has also been promoting this legislation through education, workshops, and high-level communication and recommendations to the government. This is an example of civil society's heavy involvement in promoting the development of national legislation.

Keywords: China; civil society; national legislation; National People's Congress (NPC); Natural Conservation Legislation Research Group; Protected Natural Area Law



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