International Environmental Law in the Asia Pacific

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Kluwer Law International B.V., 1998 M02 18 - 364 pages
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What does the future hold for the development of international environmental law in the Asia Pacific? This book addresses that question through a multifaceted examination of various aspects of environmental law in the states which comprise East and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the island states of the Southwest Pacific, and occasionally the states of South and Central Asia. A treaties table at the end of the book includes most Asia Pacific countries, giving the reader a fuller picture of the environmental conventions.

In addition to providing an overall view of international environmental law, this examination includes an in-depth look at such subjects as:

the effect on the region of developing global, regional and subregional environmental law; the ways in which certain states and groups of states have responded domestically and within their own subregions to such developments; the preservation of heritage, biodiversity, and marine environment; and the relationship between trade and the environment.

The book concludes by assessing the interaction between international and regional environmental law and turning to an examination of future prospects for the Asia Pacific.

Through its thorough range of coverage, International Environmental Law in the Asia Pacific provides an illustration of the current state of development of international environmental law within the region as well as the forces shaping further development of international and regional schemes for environmental governance. In doing so, the book promotes long-term ecological, social, and economic sustainability.

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Contents

The Nature of International Environmental Law
1
Principles of International Environmental Law
9
International Covenant on Environment and Development
15
Conclusion
21
Global Organizations Within the United Nations System
26
Intergovernmental Organizations Outside the United Nations
35
Regional Organizations in Asia
43
Regional Frameworks
53
Global Developments
178
Regional Developments
186
Conclusion
192
Mekong Region
199
Vietnam
205
Conclusion
213
National Environmental Laws
219
The ASEAN Region
225

Responses to Transboundary Issues
61
Conclusion
68
UNESCO Convention
75
UNIDROIT Convention
85
Draft Convention on the Underwater Cultural Heritage
91
Approaches to the Protection of Biodiversity
100
Conclusion
119
Regional Issues and Responses
133
Future Directions
143
Framework Convention on Climate Change
152
Regional Responses to Climate Change
162
Conclusion
170
Adoption of International and Regional Environmental Agreements
235
Conclusion
241
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme SPREP
247
Future of Environmental Law in the Pacific
264
National Implementation of Global and Regional Conventions
271
Conclusion
282
Treaty Interaction
290
Resolution of Overlap and Conflict
300
Regional Environmental Law in the Asia Pacific
311
Asia Pacific Environmental Law Challenges
319
Bibliography
325
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