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The Environment—Biodiversity

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This chapter analyzes how, why and in what way animals are protected in international environmental law, and attempts to focus on issues that, in one way or the other, are trade related. When defining the environment by looking at the coverage area in the major agreements, the environment, by and large, covers protection of natural resources, biodiversity, endangered and migratory species, and other important areas. The chapter outlines the concept of environment" and environmental protection as outlined in the declarations defining sustainable development. In determining the substance of environmental protection of animals, it is essential to understand that animals are natural resources and common heritage. The three categories for locations of the natural resources can be understood as follows: domestic environmental problems; transboundary environmental problems, and global environmental problems. The chapter also illuminates a different type of environmental protection, which indirectly protects wildlife, namely the issue of banning DDT.

Keywords: animal welfare; biodiversity; environment; environmental protection; international environmental law; natural resources; sustainable development



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