Aims and Scope

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Environmental Policy and Law

Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is an international, interdisciplinary journal that facilitates an understanding of environmental policy and law issues not only by drawing upon and contributing to the environmental social sciences, but also linking the health, natural, and computer sciences. The aim of the journal is to promote communication among academia, government, business and industry, and non-governmental organizations who are instrumental in the solving of environmental problems.

The journal’s scope encompasses a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues, including biodiversity loss, climate change, desertification, environmental pollution and wastes, forest conservation, ozone depletion, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, sustainability, transboundary pollutant flows, and the management of marine and fresh-water resources, and the interaction among these issues. 

EPL emphasizes links between these environmental issues and social and economic issues such as production, transport, consumption, growth, demographic changes, well-being, and health.

By bridging both academic and professional domains, the journal provides professionals, practitioners, researchers, students, and policymakers, and any other persons with information on developments in the field of international and regional environmental policy and law and domestic environmental policy and law of developing countries.

EPL covers a broad range of topics

The journal invites analyses that are at the forefront of academic debate and that are of practical significance and policy relevance. EPL publishes policy commentaries, short reports, a range of peer-reviewed content including research and review articles, and more. Topics covered include (and is not limited to) the following: 

  • Air
  • Biosafety
  • Business and biodiversity
  • Chemicals and waste
  • Climate change (SDG 13)
  • Disasters and conflicts
  • Ecosystem management
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Education and environment
  • Energy (SDG 7)
  • Environment under review
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental rights and governance
  • Extractives
  • Forests
  • Gender
  • Global policy
  • Green economy (SDG 12)
  • Life on land (SDG 15)
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Oceans and seas / Life below water (SDG 14) / Marine and polar
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16)
  • Protected areas
  • Resource efficiency
  • Science and economics
  • Species
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Technology
  • Transport
  • Water (SDG 6)
  • World heritage

(SDG = Sustainable Development Goals)

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