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21 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2018)

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Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 21, 2018, pp. 1-3


Public   participation   and   the  protection   of biodiversity   in the
Asia   Pacific  region


This is the third year of publication of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law
(APJEL)   under the ownership   of Edward  Elgar. This  is also the year in which
APJEL   will grow, as planned, from a single issue to two issues per year. Over the
past three years APJEL has published articles that have engaged with environmental
law  issues across many jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region, including China,
India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. We look forward in future issues
to expanding further the geographical reach of the research that APJEL publishes on
environmental  law issues in this dynamic region. We remain extremely  pleased by
the level of interest in APJEL and the many high quality submissions that we receive.
   We  are also delighted to advise that APJEL has recently been accepted by Clarivate
Analytics into the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), and will be indexed and
abstracted in that Index.
   In this issue APJEL features three articles which have general relevance for readers
across the region and which  draw from  case studies from Australia, Indonesia and


Evan  Hamman's  article aims to provide some insight into the relationship between peo-
ple and wildlife in the context of environmental law. The article considers the attitude of
the Japanese people toward birdlife and toward wetlands and toward  environmental
law. A  case study of the Japanese 'red-crowned' crane (the tancho) and of Ramsar
sites in Eastern Hokkaido is presented, in order to examine Japan's environmental gov-
emance  systems and actors and the extent to which they utilize the principle of public
participation. Wetlands and birdlife are being lost in East Asia at a rapid rate, and the
impacts that such losses may have on communities and on national identity are consid-
ered. The issue is not unique to Japan-neighbouring Asian countries like China and
Korea, both of which have their own cultural perceptions and legal protections to con-
sider, face similar realities. Australia, which has bilateral conventions relevant to birdlife
with all of these three Asian countries should be interested-as should be any of the 170
contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance,
1971. Wetlands, as Hamman   explains, have a vital role to play in the preservation of
biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services to human beings. In achieving
the object of preserving biodiversity so that such ecosystem provision may be main-
tained, it is crucial that there be public participation-both   of relevant local

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