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New Vistas in Natural Resources Law
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Grassroots Institute
  • Copyright: Contributors & Hasrat Arjjumend
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
  • Audience: Legal Scientists, Law Practitioners, Lawyers, Social Scientists, Policy Analysts, Natural Resource Managers, etc.
  • Keywords: Environmental Law; Natural Resources Management; Forest Laws; Biodiversity Laws; Indigenous Peoples; Conservation Policies; Rangeland Policies; Environmental Policy; Agrarian & Land Laws; Mining Related Laws
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New Vistas in Natural Resources Law

Foreword by: Prof. Dr. Shaista Shameem

Edited by: Hasrat Arjjumend

Chapter 1 Overview Chapters

New Vistas in Natural Resources Law

Hasrat Arjjumend


Introductory chapter ‘New Vistas in Natural Resources Law’ provides a synthesized overview of constituent diverse chapters exploring legal aspects in various sectors. Beginning with biodiversity conservation and cross-border perspectives in Canada and the United States, the chapters delve into specialized areas such as climate change mitigation through forest governance in the European Union, wildlife conflicts in Brazilian semi-arid regions, and human rights-based conservation initiatives. They extend to comparative studies of biopesticide and biofertilizer regulations in India, Canada, and Ukraine, emphasizing sustainable agricultural practices. Furthermore, they examine the United States National Park System, policy-making in Mediterranean and Eurasian pastoral areas, and legal definitions of gemological objects in Ukraine. Through interdisciplinary analyses, these chapters dissect intricate legal frameworks, propose reforms, and address challenges in diverse fields such as forestry, agriculture, conservation, rangelands, and mining. They advocate for comprehensive approaches to environmental and resource management, stressing the importance of integrating Indigenous knowledge, community participation, and human rights principles. Overall, the composition of the book encapsulates a rich tapestry of legal research spanning global and regional contexts, highlighting the complexities and opportunities in navigating legal landscapes to promote sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and equitable resource governance.


Natural resources; Law; Environment; Participation; Policy; Legal frameworks

Recommended Citation

Hasrat Arjjumend, ‘New Vistas in Natural Resources Law’ in Hasrat Arjjumend (ed.), New Vistas in Natural Resources Law (TGI Books/ The Grassroots Institute, Montreal/Vancouver, Canada, 2024), pp. 1-25, ISBN: 978-1-7778455-3-7. Doi:

Open Access. Copyright © 2024 the author(s), published by TGI Books/ The Grassroots Institute. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- Non Commercial - No Derivatives 4.0 International License.

About the Author(s)

Hasrat Arjjumend

About this book

Open Access

The book "New Vistas in Natural Resources Law" is a pioneering exploration into the dynamic and multifaceted realm of environmental governance, cantered around crucial keywords such as Environmental Law, Natural Resources Management, Forest Laws, Biodiversity Laws, Indigenous Peoples, Conservation Policies, Rangeland Policies, Environmental Policy, Agrarian & Land Laws, and Mining Related Laws. Authored by experts at the intersection of law and environmental science, this comprehensive volume offers a panoramic view of the evolving legal landscape governing our planet's vital natural resources.

The book commences with an in-depth analysis of Forest Laws, establishing the foundational principles that guide the intricate relationship between human activity and the environment. It scrutinizes international conventions, regional agreements, and domestic legal frameworks, illustrating how these instruments shape the sustainable management of natural resources on a global scale. A focal point of the narrative is Natural Resources Management, exploring the complexities of balancing resource utilization with the imperative of conservation. The book investigates innovative strategies for managing diverse ecosystems, ranging from forests to rangelands, and delves into the legal frameworks that underpin sustainable practices. Forest Laws and Biodiversity Laws are dissected in separate chapters, providing a detailed examination of legal instruments designed to protect and preserve these critical components of our natural heritage. The book assesses the effectiveness of legislation in addressing deforestation, biodiversity loss, and the protection of endangered species.

The rights and contributions of Indigenous Peoples take centre stage as the book explores how legal frameworks intersect with traditional knowledge and land use practices. It critically examines the evolving legal landscape that recognizes and safeguards the rights of indigenous communities in the context of natural resources management. Conservation Policies and Rangeland Policies are explored as integral components of environmental governance, shedding light on the legal strategies employed to balance the needs of agriculture, conservation, and sustainable land use. Environmental Policy emerges as a cross-cutting theme, with the book examining the development, implementation, and impact of policies aimed at addressing pressing environmental challenges. It evaluates the role of legal frameworks in shaping policy decisions and fostering effective environmental management.

Agrarian & Land Laws are scrutinized for their role in shaping land use practices and mitigating conflicts arising from competing interests. The book investigates how legal instruments can balance the needs of agriculture, urban development, and conservation.

The legal dimensions of mining-related activities take centre stage, addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by extractive industries. The book explores the role of law in regulating mining practices, mitigating environmental impacts, and ensuring responsible resource extraction.

"New Vistas in Natural Resources Law" is a timely and authoritative work that not only captures the current state of natural resources law but also anticipates emerging challenges and opportunities. With its interdisciplinary approach, this book serves as an indispensable resource for legal scholars, policymakers, environmental scientists, and anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of the intricate interplay between law and the sustainable management of our planet's natural resources.


  • Forest Laws
  • Biological Diversity Conservation
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous People
  • Wildlife Laws
  • Agrarian Laws and Policies
  • Land Laws
  • International Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Conservation Policies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Policy
  • Rangeland and Pastureland Policies
  • European Law
  • Pastoralism
  • Mining Laws
  • Energy Legislation
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Natural Resources Policies


Arjjumend, H. (ed.) (2024). New Vistas in Natural Resources Law. Montreal/Vancouver, Canada: The Grassroots Institute, ISBN: 978-1-7778455-3-7. Doi:

About the Editor

Hasrat Arjjumend

Table of Contents

Foreword Prof. Dr. Shaista Shameem vi-vii
Abbreviations xi-xvi
List of Tables and Figures xvii-xx
Chapter 1 New Vistas in Natural Resources Law - Hasrat Arjjumend 1-25
Chapter 2 Biodiversity and Conservation: Cross-Border Legal and Regulatory Perspectives - Alexandra Harrington, Konstantia Koutouki 27-98
Chapter 3 Strengthening the Role of Forests in Climate Change Mitigation through the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan - Semie Sama 99-136
Chapter 4 Jaguar and Puma in Brazilian Semi-Arid Region – Scapegoats for Weak Governance? - Cláudia Sofia Guerreiro Martins, Francine Schulz, Carolina Franco Esteves, Silvio Marchini 137-174
Chapter 5 Customary Institutions and Rules underlying Conservation Functions of Sacred Sites or Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas - Hasrat Arjjumend 175-208
Chapter 6 Human Rights-Based Conservation: The Integral Role of Human Rights Director in the Conservation Sector - Metolo Foyet, Patricia Mupeta-Muyamwa 209-304
Chapter 7 The United States National Park System: Overview, Challenges and Policy Recommendations for China - James Brien, Yanmei Lin 305-379
Chapter 8 Comparison of Indian and Canadian Laws Regulating the Biopesticides - Hasrat Arjjumend, Konstantia Koutouki 381-418
Chapter 9 Indian and Canadian Laws on Biofertilizers: An Analysis - Hasrat Arjjumend, Konstantia Koutouki 419-454
Chapter 10 Legal Barriers in the Business and Trade of Biofertilizers and Biopesticides in Ukraine - Hasrat Arjjumend, Konstantia Koutouki, Anatoliy Getman, Olga Donets 455-486
Chapter 11 Redressing Policy Making in Pastoral Areas of the Mediterranean Region - Michele Nori 487-516
Chapter 12 Rangelands and Pastoralism in Globalized Economies: Policy Paralysis and Legal Requisites - Hasrat Arjjumend 517-553
Chapter 13 Defining the Legal Aspects of Gemological Objects of Natural Origin - Roman Kirin, Petro Baranov, Igor Koziakov 555-590
Chapter 14 Towards Appropriate Provisions Addressing the Mineral Resources Subjects and Governing Entities within the Framework of Gemological Law of Ukraine - Roman Kirin, Petro Baranov, Hryhoriy Hrytsenko, Volodymyr Khomenko 591-632
Chapter 15 Moving to Halt the Destruction: Summary and Conclusion - Hasrat Arjjumend 633-652
List of Reviewers 653-656
About the Editor 657
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