chapter  7
13 Pages

Towards a more balanced and inclusive environmental governance approach

Environmental governance has been influenced by numerous heterogeneous actors who gained conspicuous influence after the democratization process started, towards the end of the 1980s. Environmental politics in contemporary Taiwan have evolved into protracted and exhausting deadlocks, involving the use of environmental laws and personal ties to advance each faction's goals. At any rate, Taiwan's environmental movement capacity has grown immensely in the past decade and has successfully outweighed the loss of a previous powerful political ally such as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), while almost single-handedly determining the outcome of many successful battles, sustained in the past few years. The importance of trajectory of Taiwan's environmental governance approach as a model for China to solve its environmental issues should not be underestimated since it is a known fact that, as Taiwan first embarked onto the path of democratization, its environmental movement played a crucial role.