Vermont Journal of Environmental Law

Volume 21 (2019-2020)

Judicial Review on the Validity of Contract Concerning Natural Resources Exploitation and Utilization in Special Regions

When the idea of ecological civilization and green development became part of China’s national strategy, the issue of illegal exploitation and utilization of natural resources in nature reserves and other special regions also became a public concern. In China, natural resources exploitation and utilization is subject to administrative examination and approval. However, sometimes illegal development activities are not deterred or corrected because the local government wants to protect the regional economy. This problem has given rise to operations of illegal mines in ecologically sensitive areas that are under strict protection, especially in western remote parts of China, where mineral resources are rich. In some cases, the mines have obtained permits duly issued by the relevant government agencies even though they are prohibited in the protected areas by law.

Judicial Review on the Validity of Contract Concerning Natural Resources Exploitation and Utilization in Special RegionsJudicial Review on the Validity of Contract Concerning Natural Resources Exploitation and Utilization in Special Regions