To start this public participation case, project researchers interviewed officials at the Management Bureau of Leigongshan National Nature Reserve, villagers from 3 rural townships, CSO’s and media from July 11 to July 17, 2009. Through these interviews we wanted to discover what actions the government took to lead and improve public participation but also the villagers’ views about the officials’ work.
This case is significant in that it would help us find out how government leads and improves public participation in a regulatory framework. Due of a lack of preparation before starting the interviews, we didn’t know that the villagers speak Miao, and as a result we couldn’t communicate effectively with them which wasted the villager’s time. We had to find individuals to temporarily translate which delayed the interview process. In the future we will keep this experience in mind and make a full investigation in advance, so we can work more effectively.
From this case, we know that the Management Bureau of Leigongshan National Nature Reserve attaches importance to let villagers participate in the institution of village rules and regulations and that they make a lot of efforts to do so but their working methods are not always adequate. We also discovered that Medias, CSOs, corporations, etc. payed little attention to this case, and the Management Bureau of the Reserve hasn’t attached a lot importance to their influence yet, so they couldn’t help facilitate the institution of village rules and regulations.
Our hope is that our research on this case will attract more people’s attention on the institution of village rules and regulations of Leigongshan National Nature Reserve.