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We have great pleasure in welcoming you to Volume One of the ChineseJournal
ofEnvironmentalLaw. As the firstjournal of environmental law to be published
from China, we launch into a new spring, a time of hope, with a youthful spirit
and the freshness of cherry blossoms.
  We  are aware that the initiation of a newjournal focusing on environmental
law raises a number of challenges and issues. Given the wide range of publica-
tions that already exist in this area, we need to ask ourselves the critical ques-
tion: what added value does CJEL represent?

        Unique Perspectives

In answering this question, we should say at the outset that we are conscious
of the heavy responsibility that falls upon us. We wish to encourage cutting-
edge scholarship that provides insights based on high-quality legal research.
We  seek to identify the key challenges of using law as a means of achieving
environmental conservation and protection, with the aim of making signifi-
cant contributions to the improvement of environmental legal systems on a
national, regional and international basis. We hope thereby to bring some
unique perspectives to the analysis of environmental law both in Asia and
around the world.
   CJEL's geographic coverage is unlimited and its scope is intended to be
broad. However, our attention is particularly focused on furthering the think-
ing of how to design and apply environmental law specifically in developing
countries. We believe that a forum through which to develop such perspectives
is much  needed because developing countries face the greatest challenges,
and their people suffer more than those in the developed world. The catalogue
of environmental issues is familiar; they include the effects of climate change;
loss of biodiversity; deforestation; soil degradation and contamination; fresh-
water, marine and coastal pollution. In addition, air pollution in major cities
poses short and long-term dangers to human health. The rate of population
growth in some developing countries remains unsustainably high. Combined

@ QIN TIANBAO AND BEN BOER, 2017    DOI 10.1163/24686042-12340001
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