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Taiwan: Wildlife Conservation Law Amended

(Aug. 19, 2009) On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase “endangered species or rare and valuable species” was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from paragraph 1, item 2, of article 40. The relevant provisions now contain the shortened phrase “protected […]

United States: Supreme Court Rules that U.S. Apology for Overthrowing Hawaiian Monarchy Does Not Affect Hawaii Public Lands

(Apr. 10, 2009) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 31, 2009, that a 1993 Congressional resolution apologizing for the role of the United States in overthrowing the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 does not affect the right of the State of Hawaii to sell public lands. U.S. officials participated in the 1893 overthrow of the […]

Mongolia: Parliament Urges Mining Plan

(Dec. 11, 2008) On December 4, 2008, Mongolia's parliament passed a resolution asking President Nambaryn Enkhbayar to report by February 2009 on progress in negotiations over development of two mining sites. The action gave approval to re-opening talks with companies interested in copper and gold mines at Oyu Tolgoi and a coal mine at Tavan […]

Namibia: Amendment to 1992 Minerals Act Proposed

(Nov. 19, 2008) It was reported on November 6, 2008, that Erikki Nghimtina, the Minister of Mines and Energy of Namibia, has proposed an amendment to the Minerals Act of 1992 that seeks to boost state revenues through new royalties on mining companies for minerals mined in Namibia. According to Nghimtina, the amendment will put […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda: Border Demarcation Planned in Lake

(Sept. 17, 2008) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda are planning to clearly mark their border in Lake Edward. The work will be done by a team composed of representatives of the two countries and will proceed with technical assistance from Germany. The project was announced by the resident district commissioner of […]

Canada: New Offshore Oil Agreement Reached by Newfoundland and Labrador Province

(Sept. 3, 2008) Although there is a moratorium on offshore drilling for oil off of Canada's west coast, a number of projects off the east coast have been approved by the federal government under the authority of an array of federal and provincial laws that includes the Canada-Newfoundland Atlantic Accord Implementation Act (1987 S.C. c. […]