China’s rapid economic development comes at high environmental costs which the Chinese society starts refusing to accept. According to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) the number of environmental protests rose by more than 30% in 2013 alone. Even though these protests are limited to local activities (keyword: NIMBY – not in my backyard) the government has acknowledged the need to involve civil society in a more structured manner. One example is the newly revised Environmental Protection Law which, for the first time, dedicates a whole chapter to the topics of information disclosure and public participation.