Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE)
Ma’s report entitled, China’s Water Crisis, published in 1999, caused a widespread stir. In May 2006, he was named one of the “100 People Who Shape Our World” by Time Magazine. In June, he established the IPE, which focuses on the publication of environment related information, more specifically water pollution prevention. Ma then set about compiling China’s first public welfare database on water pollution, also known as the “Map of China’s Water Pollution”. This database carries information on things including water quality, and sewage discharge and sources in over 300 cities across the country. As a result of Ma’s efforts, more than 2,500 enterprises including several Sino-foreign joint ventures were blacklisted for polluting the environment.
(China.org.cn, January 29, 2006)