Green victory in court seen as setting trend
Green organizations won a lawsuit against four men for environmental damage in Nanping, Fujian province, the first public-interest litigation since China’s revised Environmental Protection Law took effect on Jan 1.
The court’s support in the lawsuit will act as an example in future cases concerning environmental protection and encourage more green nongovernmental organizations to participate, environmental experts said.
The Nanping Intermediate People’s Court heard the case of four defendants charged with damaging 1.89 hectares (4.67 acres) of forestry land. The court ordered them to pay 1.27 million yuan ($200,000) toward ecological restoration work within 10 days.
The men were also ordered to remove dumped stones and other waste within five months to allow the forested land to regrow or they will face another fine of 1.1 million yuan, the court said.