Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law
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Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Edited by Michael Faure

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.
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Foreword to Volume III

Michael Faure

This a fascinating book about one of the great challenges in environmental law at the domestic and international levels: how can law and legal instruments contribute to the protection of natural resources and more particularly biodiversity? As Elisa Morgera rightly sketches in the Introduction, an alarming state of affairs besets biodiversity, which is in many areas declining at a high speed. The question of how law can help to turn the tide is therefore both highly important and urgent. This wide-ranging book addresses the challenge from several perspectives.

This book brings together the work of numerous specialists, who comprehensively address many different issues with respect to biodiversity and nature protection law. Without becoming lost in the details of law in national legal systems, crucial issues are discussed from a high-level perspective. Considerable attention is paid to one of the central instruments in international environmental law, the Convention on Biological Diversity, but several aspects of biodiversity, varying from species conservation to island biodiversity, forest biodiversity and inland waters are also discussed, again at an accessible level of generality. Other relevant issues such as biofuels, ecotourism and the role of REDD+ in biodiversity are also included. A lot of attention is equally paid to the legal and policy instruments needed to implement the protection of biodiversity, such as liability rules and public participation as well as monitoring and compliance instruments.

The Introduction rightly stresses that the protection of biodiversity has strong links with the protection of human rights, for example, as reduced biodiversity may endanger rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

These issues and many other fascinating aspects are addressed in this volume. It is probably the first book that brings together substantive expert commentary on so many diverse aspects of biodiversity and nature protection law at this high level of generality. I wholeheartedly congratulate the editors and the authors for this great achievement and I am convinced that many interested in the question of how the law can contribute to biodiversity will read the contributions to this book with great interest and admiration.

Michael Faure

General Editor Encyclopedia of Environmental Law