This week, China Environment Forum welcomes Qu Xiaoxia to work with us for the next 6 weeks until December 10. She will be conducting research and visiting U.S. NGOs to learn about how they are structured and manage volunteers.

Qu Xiaoxia Biography

Qu Xiaoxia is director of General Affairs Office of the Beijing-based Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV) in China. She is in charge of environmental education programs at CLAPV, including organizing conferences, training courses, and outreach programs. She is also responsible for managing of volunteers, fundraising and public outreach.

She graduated in 2001 from the University of Paisley in the United Kingdom with a Master's degree in international marketing. Her dissertation was on corporate social responsibility (CSR) of international corporations in China. For the three years following, she worked in a U.S. company's China office. In 2004, she joined CLAPV. Her research interests now are focused on public participation in the environment and nongovernmental organization (NGO) management.

CLAPV is the only NGO devoted to environmental litigation and legal assistance in China. Since 1999, CLAPV has taken more than 100 class action pollution cases to court and its hotline has received nearly 10,000 calls. Their volunteer network contains more than 300 lawyers. In the past 6 years, CLAPV has trained more than 200 judges and 45 environmental protection bureau officials in environmental law and practice.

For further information on CLAP, see CEF's meeting summary: Greening the Courts: China's Legal Advocates Giving Voice to Pollution Victims and the Environment and page 103 of CES 8 "Recent Developments at the CLAPV."