China’s revised Wildlife Protection Law – EIA concerns and opportunities

A briefing outlining our concerns with regard to a new revision of China’s Wildlife Protection Law, the country’s primary piece of legislation relating to wildlife conservation.

Despite some positive changes such as provision for the protection of wildlife habitat, it is deeply concerning to find other provisions further enshrining and formalising a licensing system allowing commercial breeding, utilisation and trade in species under special state protection.

These provisions risk further entrenching a culture of commodification of endangered species and risk the survival of wild populations.