Environment & Development

"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."  ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Preservation of the environment is our collective responsibility. As with climate change questions, national borders are poor markers for undertaking comprehensive approaches to the most pressing questions. China’s rapid growth and global integration is evident in environmental impacts both domestically and around the world. But only global understanding and cooperation will bring the changes in policy needed at all scales.


Visible erosion due to a mountain road in Deqin County, Yunnan Province, China

At Action 2030 our goal is to integrate environmental awareness into all policy discussions. We are assessing major environmental policies through long-term research in China and the countries of the Himalayan region. Despite claims to the contrary, environmental policy creation and implementation is a poorly understood process, with only vague linkages of policy to actual environmental outcomes. This limits our ability to properly assess which policies work and which require change. In collaboration with other institutions engaging this difficult question, we are evolving a new environmental policy assessment tool to facilitate new thinking and policy innovation. We have also carried out environmental policy analysis workshops with NGOs on how to implement this tool. If you are interested in learning more about this policy analysis methodology, and potential training for your institution or group, please contact us.

Further reading:

“The Politics of Environmental Policy—with a Himalayan Example,” by Joshua Muldavin and Piers Blaikie, Issues Policy Paper, East West Center, University of Hawaii, 2004.