In May 2008, the Regulations on Government Disclosure of Information for China
officially took effect covering all branches of government. The environmental aspects
are enforced by the Ministry of Environmental Protection through its Measures on Open
Environmental Information. These developments created new opportunities to address
access rights and sustainable development challenges in the area.
The Yunnan TAI Coalition was established in Jan 2008. The coalition and advisory panel
were convened at the TAI Training Workshop in Jan 13-15, 2008 hosted by other TAI
partners from Asia. The coalition is led by World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) office
in Yunnan. ICRAF has developed strong partnerships with local research institutes,
NGOs, and government agencies.
The TAI assessment research and coalition building efforts were a first step towards
engaging civil society organizations and government agencies to promote
transparency, participation, and accountability. The assessment led to an expansion of coalition’s work in the Guizhou province of China.