Research Handbooks in Environmental Law series
Edited by Qin Tianbao
Chapter 14: Protected areas law
The first protected area in China was Dinghushan Nature Reserves in Guangdong Province, which was designated as such in 1956. The establishment of protected areas in China started fairly late, but has developed rapidly. Compared to the achievements of the construction of protected areas, however, the legislation in China is relatively backward. Although China had already promulgated some regulations on protected areas, like the Administrative Measures on Forest Parks (Forest Ministry, 1993); the Regulation on Nature Reserves (the State Council, 1994); and the Regulation on Scenic Interest Areas (the State Council, 2006) there has been no special law of the country of protected areas administration, although this is in now process. The purpose of this chapter is essentially to address the problem that the legislation of protected areas in China is relatively backward, through analyzing the legislative situation and the existing main problems, as well as discussing the methods necessary for a feasible solution.
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