Transboundary Environmental Governance in Asia


Transboundary Environmental Governance in Asia

Practice and Prospects with the UNECE Agreements

9781782547112 Edward Elgar Publishing
Simon Marsden, Professor and Chair in Energy Law, School of Law, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, UK and Elizabeth Brandon, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
Publication Date: 2015 ISBN: 978 1 78254 711 2 Extent: 360 pp
A comprehensive overview of treaty implementation and compliance concerning transboundary environmental governance in Asia is provided in this timely book. Recent United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) membership by Asian states in the Caucasus and Central Asia has shifted focus on environmental governance away from its Euro-centric roots and placed Asia at the forefront of discussion. The focus of this book is centred on the five UNECE treaties: Public Participation, Environmental Impact Assessment, Industrial Accidents, Water and Air Pollution. Twelve related protocols are discussed including Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Civil Liability, Water and Health, and Air Pollutants.

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Providing a strong comparative analysis of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) treaties and protocols in an Asian context, this important book is specifically concerned with treaty implementation and compliance. Until recently, the primary application of UNECE treaties has been in Europe; however UNECE membership by Asian states in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and the ability of UN states in general to accede to many of them, means that Asia is now very relevant in this context.

Including a case study on Central Asia, the core focus of the book is on the five UNECE treaties: public participation, water and air pollution, environmental impact assessment and industrial accidents. Twelve related protocols are also dealt with, including: pollutant release and transfer registers, strategic environmental assessment, civil liability, water and health, and air pollutants. For these, prospects for the future, as well as current practice, are assessed.

Environmental scholars and consultants, international environmental lawyers, practitioners and policymakers in institutions such as treaty regime secretariats, national ministries and international financial institutions, will find this book to be of particular interest and value.
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‘With an insightful, engaging and practical approach, Transboundary Environmental Governance in Asia addresses two areas in the existing literature that have received relatively little scholarly attention – the UNECE, the only one of the UN regional commissions to have produced any environmental treaties, and tackling cross-border environmental issues in Asia. Marsden and Brandon are to be applauded for their work, which promises to be a starting point for any future research and governance efforts in Asian environmental law and policy’
– Jolene Lin, The University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Contents: PART I TRANSBOUNDARY ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE 1. Introduction 2. Institutions and Regimes PART II TREATIES AND PROTOCOLS 3. The Public Participation Convention and Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers Protocol 4. the Environmental Impact Assessment Convention and Strategic Environmental Assessment Protocol 5. The Industrial Accidents Convention and Civil Liability Protocol 6. The Water Convention and Water and Health Protocol 7. The Air Pollution Convention and Associated Protocols PART III COMBINED EFFECT AND OUTLOOK 8. Practice and Capacity Building in Central Asia 9. Conclusions Index
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