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Japan: Act Aims to Promote Trade in Legally Produced Timber

(July 28, 2016) Japan’s Act on Promotion of Distribution and Use of Legally Logged Wood Products was promulgated on May 20, 2016.  (Act No. 48 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (in Japanese).)  Under the new Act, wood product companies may apply for registration, certifying that they will apply measures to trade only in legally produced timber in their […]

Japan: New Law on Preservation of Remote Island Areas

(June 20, 2016) The Act on Preservation of Areas of Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas and Maintenance of Local Societies on Areas of Specified Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas (Act on Preserving Remote Island Areas) was promulgated by Japan on April 27, 2016. (Act No. 33 of 2016, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE].)  It will be […]

Zambia: Parliament Makes Further Cuts to Royalty Rates on Production of Minerals

(May 23, 2016) On May 4, 2016, Zambia’s 158–member unicameral Parliament passed the Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to amend the Mines and Minerals Development Act 2015.  (Martine Chileshe, Zambia Mines and Mineral Development Act 2015 – Amendment, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 30, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.)  According to […]

Sierra Leone: Changes to the 1991 Constitution Proposed

(Feb. 29, 2016) On February 16, 2016, Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee (an 80-member body established in 2013 to review the 1991 Constitution and a 2008 report proposing changes to it) published an abridged draft report of its findings.  (Ibrahim Tarawallie, New Chapters Proposed in New Constitution, CONCORD TIMES (Feb. 17, 2016).)   The draft report, which took two years […]

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 […]