Green vic­tory in court seen as set­ting trend

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

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.

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