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8 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (1982)

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    The International Council of Environmental Law  was founded in 1969  in
 view of the increasing need for coordination of efforts within the field of
 environmental law, in order to prevent duplication of effort, provide rapid
 access to relevant information, encourage  voluntary efforts by interested
 persons, . . . and present a comprehensive overview of closely and complexly
 interrelated developments within the field of environmental law; . . . despite the
 existing number of decision-making organizations concerned with environmental
 law, there is no organization devoted solely to the task of coordinating and
 disseminating information of interest to persons and groups working in this
    Such an organization created for the sole purpose of information gathering
and  exchange, excluding the purpose of making policy decisions, could make a
unique and valuable contribution to the field of environmental law . (extract
from the statutes of ICEL).
    As a logical follow-up to this, Environmental Policy and Law was launched
in 1975, as being a contribution to the cause of environmental conservation and
has endeavoured  since then to be a forum for information and discussion in the
field of environmental law, policy and administration.
    At the outset, it was felt that 4 issues per annum must be sufficient to keep our
readership up-to-date with major international and national developments in
these fields. However, during the past 7 years, environmental policy has been
gaining increasingly in momentum,  resulting in an upsurge in the number of
international and national activities relevant to our work. Consequently, there
have been many occasions in the past when we would have wished to increase the
number  of issues, and more particularly, the frequency, instead of being obliged
to exclude some topics due to lack of space.
    The Editors and Publishers decided recently that the time has now come to
publish more frequently, within a strict time schedule, to meet the increasing
demand  for this type of information. As a result, subscribers will be pleased to
learn that we intend to double our output to 8 issues per year, which will not only
result in more pages but, more importantly, increased frequency.
    We  would  like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have
participated in the work of the journal up to now, either by constructive criticism
or  by the contribution of an article. At the same time, we  should like to
encourage  those who have not yet done so, to participate in the journal's role by
responding to particular subjects discussed, either positively or negatively.
    As Editors, we promise  to continue to do our utmost to ensure a  good
selection of topics, aggressive commentaries where necessary, and to publish all
we  think relevant to our work, even if there are times when those concerned
would  prefer that certain information should not be made public. We feel that
this is what makes our journal different from other more academic publications,
and  compatible with the objectives of ICEL.
    No space remains this time for an editorial in the normal sense. However,
one last comment should be added: Now that the Montevideo Conclusions and
Recommendations have been adopted (see page 31), it is clear that
environmental  law has reached  the threshold of a new era, not onlv on the
national and regional, but also on the international level, within and outside the
UN  family.
    We are pleased that this further development of Environmental Policy and
Law  comes  at such an opportune moment.                                O

                                     14 November 1981

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