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Luxembourg: Law on Use of Resources in Space Adopted

(Aug. 22, 2017) The Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies adopted a law on the exploration of space and the use of space resources on July 13, 2017; the Grand Duke signed the law on July 20, 2017. (Loi du 20 juillet 2017 sur l’exploration et l’utilisation des ressources de l’espace [Law of 20 July 2017 on the […]

Iran: Law to Protect Wetlands

(July 10, 2017) In an effort to counteract the combined effects of climate change, water crises, and human activities that have turned Iran’s once-thriving wetlands into sources of dust and sand storms, the Iranian Parliament has passed the Law to Protect, Restore, and Manage the Country’s Wetlands (Wetlands Protection Law). (Law on Wetlands Protection Ready, […]

New Zealand: Bill Establishing River as Having Own Legal Personality Passed

(Mar. 22, 2017) On March 14, 2017, the New Zealand Parliament voted to pass the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River) Claims Settlement Bill (the Bill). (Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River) Claims Settlement Bill, Government Bill 129-2, as reported by the Māori Affairs Committee, New Zealand Legislation website.) The Bill “gives effect to the Whanganui River Deed […]

Indonesia: Revision of Mining Regulation

(Jan. 24, 2017) On January 11, 2017, Indonesia’s government issued a fourth revision to a government regulation of 2010 on the management of mineral and coal businesses. (Viriya P. Singgih, Indonesia Pledges Leeway for Obedient Miners, JAKARTA POST (Jan. 16, 2017); Implementation of Mineral and Coal Mining Business Activities, Government Regulation No. 23/2010 (the Regulation) […]

Mongolia: New Mining Law Being Drafted

(Jan. 17, 2017) Mongolia’s Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry is working on new legislation on mining. The Mining Law now being drafted would regulate all aspects of mine businesses, from their establishment to closure. (Mongolia Considers New Mining Law, NEWS.MN (Jan. 4, 2017).) It thus reportedly would cover a wider range of topics than […]

United Kingdom: Vessel Owner Fined for Overfishing

(Dec. 20, 2016) A recent inspection of a fishing vessel by the Marine Management Organisation of the United Kingdom found approximately 2.65 metric tons of undersized scallops (110 millimeters or smaller), which totaled  8.09 % of the catch of the vessel.  (Master and Owner Fined £21,746 for Fisheries Offences, Marine Management Organisation  (Dec. 14, 2016).)  […]

Laos: Illegal Timber Exports

(Dec. 16, 2016) Recent reports indicate that despite a national ban on timber exports issued in May 2016, illegally harvested timber is still being sold at auctions supported by local governments in Laos.  The smuggling is especially common in the central and southern provinces.  (Richard Finney & Ounkeo Souksavanh, Logging Continues in Laos as Provinces […]

Japan: Act Aims to Promote Trade in Legally Produced Timber

(July 28, 2016) Japan’s Act on Promotion of Distribution and Use of Legally Logged Wood Products was promulgated on May 20, 2016.  (Act No. 48 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (in Japanese).)  Under the new Act, wood product companies may apply for registration, certifying that they will apply measures to trade only in legally produced timber in their […]

Japan: New Law on Preservation of Remote Island Areas

(June 20, 2016) The Act on Preservation of Areas of Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas and Maintenance of Local Societies on Areas of Specified Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas (Act on Preserving Remote Island Areas) was promulgated by Japan on April 27, 2016. (Act No. 33 of 2016, KANPOU [OFFICIAL GAZETTE].)  It will be […]

Zambia: Parliament Makes Further Cuts to Royalty Rates on Production of Minerals

(May 23, 2016) On May 4, 2016, Zambia’s 158–member unicameral Parliament passed the Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to amend the Mines and Minerals Development Act 2015.  (Martine Chileshe, Zambia Mines and Mineral Development Act 2015 – Amendment, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 30, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.)  According to […]