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Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

(Sept. 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of illegal logging and a land dispute in Kratie Province of eastern Cambodia. The provincial court […]

Indonesia: Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People to Forests

(Apr 29, 2015) On April 18, 2015, Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, issued the “Mataram Declaration,” named after the capital of the province of West Nusa Tenggara. The Declaration is part of the government’s response to a May 2013 ruling of the Constitutional Court giving indigenous groups control of forested […]

United States: Pacific Marine Reserve Expanded

(Nov. 7, 2014) President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation creating the largest marine reserve in the world, expanding an existing reserve over scattered areas in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The September 25, 2014, proclamation expands the territory of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion, Proclamation No. […]

Poland: Delay in Adoption of New Law on Hydrocarbon Tax and Amendment of Law on Mineral Extraction Tax

(June 13, 2014) It was recently reported that in a first reading on May 7, 2014, Poland’s Parliament failed to reach consensus on draft legislation proposing a new Law on Hydrocarbon Tax, amendments to the Law on Mineral Extraction Tax, and some other laws. The draft was therefore sent to the relevant parliamentary subcommittees for […]

Algeria: New Mining Law Adopted

(May 30, 2014) On February 24, 2014, Algeria adopted a new Mining Law, Law 14-05. It was published in issue 18 of the Official Gazette on March 30. (Imène Boukadoum & Madonna Gerber, Algeria: Entry into Force of the New Mining Law, LEXOLOGY (Apr. 29, 2014); Ridha Hamzaoui, Algeria: New Mining Law Published, TAX NEWS […]

Brazil: National Council of Justice Launches Campaign for the Rational Use of Resources

(May 23, 2014) On May 13, 2014, Brazil’s National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça, CNJ) launched a campaign to encourage the rational use of resources by the judiciary and to disseminate good environmental practices. (Sarah Barros, CNJ Lança a Campanha Melhore o Planeta para Estimular o Uso Racional de Recursos, AGÊNCIA CNJ DE […]

Japan: New Water Circulation Basic Act

(May 20, 2014) The Water Circulation Basic Act was promulgated in Japan on April 2, 2014. (Act No. 16 of 2014 [in Japanese], Japanese House of Representatives website (last visited May 16, 2014).) Before the adoption of the Act, Japan did not have a comprehensive law on water. Several government agencies in Japan have jurisdiction […]

Indonesia: Proposal to Reduce Limits on Logging

(Dec. 26, 2013) According to news reports, Indonesia is proposing to resume exports of logs from productive forests. This would reverse a ban on such sales that has been in place for 12 years. The Forestry Ministry plan would allow exports from community plantation forests or industrial forest concessions, as long as the businesses involved […]

Denmark; Greenland: Greenland Votes to Lift Uranium Mining Ban; Considers Independence

(Nov. 18, 2013) On October 24, 2013, in a close vote, Greenland’s legislature, the Inatsisartut (Parliament), overturned a 1988 ban on the mining of radioactive materials. The 15-14 vote will permit uranium, thorium, and rare earth deposits, among other materials, to be mined in Greenland. Denmark’s legislature will also have to approve the cancelling of […]

Brazil: National Contingency Plan for Oil Pollution Incidents

(Oct. 30, 2013) On October 22, 2013, Brazil enacted Decree No. 8,127 (Decreto No. 8.127, de 22 de Outubro de 2013, PLANATO.GOV.BR), which launches a National Contingency Plan for oil pollution incidents in waters under national jurisdiction (Plano Nacional de Contingência para Incidentes de Poluição por Óleo em Águas sob Jurisdição Nacional – PNC). The […]