Understanding perceptions of environmental justice, tourism in the Erhai Lake Basin, China

Temple on a small island in Erhai Lake, Yunnan Province, China

ALWRI Social Scientist, Chris Armatas, recently co-authored a paper with colleagues at Yunnan University, describing local perceptions on environmental justice implications of environmental policy in the Erhai Lake Basin, China. The study identified four shared stakeholder perspectives of an ecological restoration effort which included the closure of ~1900 inns and restaurants close to the lakeshore. Views on who is affected most by the inn closures (e.g., future generations, local residents, inn owners) differed, but there was consensus on the perceived lack of transparency to the process and a sense that access to information throughout the decision-making process was inadequate. Read and download the original article here.