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Rule of Law for Good Environmental Governance

In the future, effective environmental protection will be a crucial objective for Asia: 29 out of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are located in Asia, in which, 7 out of 15 countries, with the highest total of CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel burning, cement production, and gas-flaring arises from Asian countries, 8 out of 10 countries with the highest amount of fresh water withdrawal occur in Asia. Weather disasters are abundant and are caused not only by climatic change due to environmental pollution, but also by a lack of proper land management.

In light of drastic changes to the environment in Asia, in the year 2011, the Rule of Law Programme Asia initiated a series of seminars, conventions, dialogues and experts’ meetings with worldwide partners all of over Asia. Spearheaded by KAS director, Mark Spitzkatz, the events covered a wide range of environmental governance topics, such as the promotion of renewable energy production, the combat of natural resources-related crimes, trans-boundary pollution, land and forest management. The role of the judiciary in, the cooperation between various agencies and regional or international perspectives were discussed as well. The events not only covered issues at hand but also the scale of challenges lying ahead of us.

Launched on the 26th May 2015, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, this book represents the outstanding work and findings of long-time partners and experts’ contributions from previous events. In this book, informative legal studies regarding the laws on environmental governance are presented in detail. The book is available for viewing here.

A note from KAS director, Marc Spitzkatz:

I would like to thank the authors who contributed as experts and resource persons in many of our activities in the region, for their generous contributions and support towards this publication. I would also like to thank Ms Susan Chan, Regional Project Executive at the Rule of Law Programme Asia, and the team at University of Cebu, Philippines, for their indispensable organizational work.