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Lobbying

In Japan, sustainable society management has not been taken into consideration in establishing laws or institutions. A crucial first step to change a society is to change its laws and institutions. Based on our intensive research of national and international legislation, we provide suggestions to the Diet and governments for amendments of current laws, regulations and institutions, and we propose enactment of new laws as needed. We also hold seminars for congresspersons and congressional staffers.



“River Law” Amendment

In the past, river management had only two dimensions -- flood management and water utilization. We had repeatedly advocated to add the dimension of "river environment conservation." As a result, "conservation and improvement of the river environment” was incorporated as one of the three principal goals in the River Law of 1997. Further, the nature-oriented River Works initiative has become a mainstay of river management since then. This movement also has stimulated river restoration activities.



“Law for the Promotion of Nature Restoration”

During enactment of the Law for the Promotion of Nature Restoration, ECSJ lobbied policymakers to include "the objective of recovering the ecosystem and other natural environments that have been damaged or destroyed in the past" as one of the nature restoration missions. We presented our opinion to the Committee on Environment of the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors as a witness, and contributed to additional meaningful contents in the Law.

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