Hopes, doubts as environmental code finalized

The new Environmental Code, a sweeping piece of legislation that is set to overhaul how protected and communal land are governed and give unprecedented control to the Environment Ministry, was finalized on Sunday and will be released to the public this week, those involved in drafting it said.

Environment Minister Say Sam Al, who must sign the code before it is sent to the Council of Ministers for review, has said the new law, complete with its own courts for environmental disputes, is nothing short of revolutionary—a vision shared by the lawyers who have been working on it. …

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