oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The need for legislative adoption of a conservation ethic

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



On 15 October 1983 at Findhorn, Scotland, the Third World Wilderness Congress passed a resolution stating that the South African Council for the Environment be requested to recommend to the Minister of Environmental Affairs that legislation be introduced to provide for the adoption of a legal conservation ethic as a matter of substantive law as a basis for interpretation of all laws and regulations affecting the environment. The resolution was a proposal for reform in South African law so as to provide for greater protection of the country's environment. It was addressed to the Council for the Environment, which is a statutory council having as one of its objects and functions the making of recommendations to the Minister of Environmental Affairs with regard to the introduction of legislation. This article explains why there is concern for the environment, and provides background to the resolution.

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