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This Bachelor’s thesis deals with the evolution of China’s environmental governance since the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. Already dealing with a long and intense history of environmental degradation, China left its centrally-planned market economy in the late 1970 – a move which has seen its environment deteriorate rapidly following an economic miracle, and has consequentially put the state under increasing pressure, internationally and domestically, to develop more sustainable environmental practices and approaches. In response the state has made changes to the legal system, strengthened law enforcement and, most recently, developed innovative concepts and programmes in environmental protection. This thesis aims to analyse and explain developments in China’s environmental politics, point out their shortcomings and outline recent measures set to deal with environmental challenges in China’ future.