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Palmer, Dr Kenneth --- "Foreword" [2011] NZJlEnvLaw 1; (2011) 15 NZJEL v

Last Updated: 30 January 2023



During 2011, the vision of environmental sustainability has been maintained. The objectives of the original Kyoto convention on climate change remain relatively intact, with incremental movements towards agreement on standards to be achieved during a second commitment period. The enactment of the government of Aus­ tralia this year of a carbon charge regime has been a positive step, to be balanced against proposals for new directions from other countries. Alongside the initiatives to manage greenhouse gas emissions, and the probability of global warming as a consequence of the emissions, are the major earthquakes which have substan­ tially damaged and unsettled many communities, including those of Japan and New Zealand. These natural events, together with drought, floods, seawater inundation, hurricanes and tornadoes, and volcanic eruption, are a reminder of the historic evolution of planet earth.

Following tradition, this issue of the Journal includes an eclectic range of subjects capably examined in the respective articles. Leading the discourse, Ian Boisvert advocates the introduction into the New Zealand coastal area of a tradable occupation regime in relation to ocean renewable energy activities. Alexander Gillespie discusses the warnings sounded by the survival of species and the accommodation of tourism internationally. Berry Fong Chung Hsu offers an analysis of the application of the public trust doctrine in Hong Kong. Thomas Ebben addresses the implementation of the precautionary principle into international fishery law. David Round assesses the protection of native vertebrates and invertebrates which comprise endangered species in New Zealand. Pip Wallace considers the recognition of integrated conservation management through special planning for the movement of species, in particular avian species. Peter Sankoff investigates the protection of wildlife in respect of cruelty arising through hunting. Jennifer Moore writes on the challenges of waste management of nanoecotoxicity. Finally, Julia Harker assesses local government responsibility for allowing developments in areas subject to natural hazards.

The editor wishes to acknowledge the excellent academic contributions by the authors. In relation to production, the subediting skills of Ania Lang and Mike Wagg are acknowledged, and those of Amy Tansell of Words Alive for the final layout of the Journal. The collegial support of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, and from the academic and professional staff of the Law School of The University of Auckland, is also acknowledged.

Dr Kenneth Palmer


Faculty of Law

The University of Auckland December 2011

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