Ensuring environmental justice in China
Lake Poyang, the largest freshwater lake in China, is known for its ecological diversity. It is the largest wintering area for migrating water birds in East Asia and home to the endangered freshwater porpoise. Connected to the Yangtse River, the lake serves as a natural overflow reservoir and provides an abundance of natural resources which millions of Chinese depend on for daily life.
Yet toxic waste from neighboring textile plants has threatened this important water source – which already suffers from severely reduced water levels – raising public health concerns and widespread alarm over the long-term development impact.