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22 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2019)

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Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 22 No. 1, 2019, pp. 1-6


Forests,   corruption,   environmental degradation, protection of
species   and   cooperation in the Asia Pacific region


This is the first issue of APJEL for 2019, and it features articles covering issues of
development  and  environmental law  and governance  in Australia, Australia and
China, Bangladesh  and China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and  the South China
Sea region, as well as a 'jurisprudential' article relevant to the region.
   The number  and breadth of Asian Pacific jurisdictions that have attracted the atten-
tion of articles in APJEL over the past several years is good evidence that there is
increasing scholarly interest in understanding, learning from and improving environ-
mental law and policy in the region. This growing focus is vital, given the evident
risks confronting the region, including human-made  environmental catastrophes,
water and energy crisis and weaknesses in national, regional and global governance.
Our 2017 issue included articles on aspects of environmental law in Australia, China,
India, Japan and South Korea as well as on general issues affecting environmental
governance in the Asia Pacific region. Our two 2018 issues included articles on Aus-
tralia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Solomon Islands and Thailand.
   Recent issues of APJEL continue the journal's endeavour to publish high quality
research on a broad range of environmental law issues across the Asia Pacific, draw-
ing lessons from comparisons and contrasts with and between countries facing simi-
lar realities, constraints and opportunities. At the same time, it is through in-depth
analysis of specific environmental law developments in specific jurisdictions that
true comparative understanding  can be developed  and enriched, and the articles
in the present issue illustrate ways in which environmental  protection can be
enhanced  by considering quite particular problems.


2.1 Articles
While  this issue of APJEL does not have a dedicated 'theme', half of the articles
focus, at least in part, on forest- and forestry-related issues. Researchers interested
in further research on these and related issues might be interested in the 2017 edited
volume  Protecting Forest and Marine Biodiversity: The Role of Law, published by
Edward  Elgar.2 As noted in many of the chapters in that work, although forests are

1.   World Economic Forum, Regional Risks for Doing Business (World Economic Forum,
2018) 20, 22.
2.   Ed Couzens, Alexander Paterson, Sophie Riley and Yanti Fristikawati (eds), Protecting
Forest and Marine Biodiversity: The Role of Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017).

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