A Human Rights-based Approach to Conserving Protected Areas in China

As the world’s population grows and the demands for natural resources increase, protected areas are becoming more important, but also more threatened. On the one hand, conservation of protected areas can contribute to the safeguarding of human rights; on the other hand, neglecting human rights can be a trigger for the mismanagement and destruction of protected areas. How can an objective and systematic approach be used to balance human rights protection and the conservation of protected areas?
Author(s):
Miao He
book | published | 1st edition
May 2016 | xx + 412 pp.

Paperback
€79.-


ISBN 9781780683881

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As the world’s population grows and the demands for natural resources increase, protected areas are becoming more important, but also more threatened. On the one hand, conservation of protected areas can contribute to the safeguarding of human rights; on the other hand, neglecting human rights can be a trigger for the mismanagement and destruction of protected areas. How can an objective and systematic approach be used to balance human rights protection and the conservation of protected areas? A well-balanced human rights-based approach seems to be the answer.

This book draws lessons from Europe on how certain human rights can empower individuals, local communities and environmental NGOs in order to enhance their role in conserving protected areas in China. The author introduces the theory of a human rights-based approach to conservation and points out its advantages and challenges. Next, four main human rights, namely the right to property, the right to information, the right to participation and the right to access to justice, both in China and in Europe, are analysed in a theoretical and historical way. The key features of these four human rights are examined, as are the main reasons for their different approaches in China and in Europe. Thirdly, the book makes suggestions for how to implement a human rights-based approach to the conservation of protected areas in China, based on the experiences and lessons from the European legal system. In the last part, the author draws a general conclusion and suggests an outlook for the future.

Chapters

Table of contents (p. 0)

PART I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

Chapter 1. Introduction (p. 1)

Chapter 2. Theory of a Human Rights-Based Approach to Conservation (p. 53)

PART II. ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROTECTED AREAS CONSERVATION IN CHINA AND IN EUROPE

Chapter 3. Protected Areas Conservation in China and in Europe (p. 89)

Chapter 4. Substantive Right (Right to Property) and Protected Areas Conservation (p. 117)

Chapter 5. Procedural Rights and Protected Areas Conservation (p. 169)

Chapter 6. Conclusions for Part II (p. 327)

PART III. IMPLEMENTATION AND GENERAL CONCLUSION

Chapter 7. Implementing a Human Rights-Based Approach in Protected Areas Conservation in China (p. 331)

Chapter 8. General Conclusion and Outlook (p. 353)

References (p. 359)