Research Handbooks in Environmental Law series
Edited by Qin Tianbao
Chapter 18: China’s participation in major international environmental agreements
As a populous and leading developing country, China attaches great importance to environmental issues and plays an indispensible role in the international environmental regulatory regime. For decades, China has participated in various international environmental agreements, which cover the areas of sustainable development and general environmental agreements, international atmospheric environmental protection, international freshwater resources utilization and protection, international marine pollution control, international biological resources protection, international land resources protection, environmental protection in polar regions, environmental protection in outer space, world natural and cultural heritages protection, international hazardous substances and activities management, international wastes management, control of the weapons of mass destruction and environmental protection and international trade and environmental protection. This chapter provides an overview of China’s participation in all these areas and suggests means by which it can take a more prominent role in future years.
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