Research Handbook on Chinese Environmental Law
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Research Handbook on Chinese Environmental Law

Edited by Qin Tianbao

This Handbook provides a comprehensive review of the salient content and major developments of environmental law in transitional China. The core concepts, basic mechanisms and key challenges of Chinese environmental law are discussed, extending the frontier of understanding in this fundamental area. Previous knowledge of Chinese environmental law is built upon, taking into consideration the concerns of how to face environmental issues in the context of economic growth. Readers will gain an in-depth understanding of the nuances of environmental law in China from this extensive overview.
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Chapter 14: Protected areas law

Ren Shidan


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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