Revising China’s Environmental Law

Author(s):

Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Arthur P.J. Moi, Yonglong Lu, Jianguo Liu

Journal or Book Title: Science

Keywords: China, Environmental Protection Law, conservation, policy

Volume/Issue: Vol. 341

Page Number(s): 133

Year Published: 2013

Abstract:

 

China’s Environmental Protection Law (EPL) is the main national environmental legislative framework. Yet the environmental legal system is incomplete, and implementation and enforcement of environmental laws have shown major shortcomings ( 1– 3). A controversial attempt to revise the EPL could have far-reaching impacts on China’s economic development and environmental protection, which may have global  implications ( 4, 5). Increasing pressures to strengthen the rule of law in China raise the stakes ( 6). We discuss the need for a sound legal and scientifi c basis for revising the EPL.

DOI: 10.1126/science.1235000

Type of Publication: Journal Article

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