Revised eco law will test China's determination to go green

As part of its push to combat a growing pollution problem, China is revising its environmental protection law for the first time in 25 years and will enforce the changes in January next year. The question is: Can the country, particularly its courts, walk the talk?

The revised law includes a number of clauses aimed at better preserving the environment and punishing polluters more harshly. The changes will allow third parties, such as nongovernmental organizations, to take legal action against offenders in the name of public interest.

Vietnamese environment law revision lifts green ethos

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen has urged that environmental planning must be part of the country's plans for socio-economic development.

Speaking at a conference earlier this month on a revision to the Law of Environmental Protection (2005), the Minister said the focus would create a better foundation for the implementation of environmental protection measures.

"This is a key measure to better the legal framework for environmental protection," he said.