“Ensuring environmental quality is a feature of all functioning democracies and thus all such democracies have environmental law.
But environmental problems are never solved by a statute or a court case. Legislation does not magic away waste. A court case will not ensure the enduring protection of endangered species.
What is needed is the ongoing management of complex environmental problems in a reasoned and legitimate way that both complies with, and is within, the law.
That is why environmental law is as much about environmental governance as environmental standards – it is about public institutions directing, regulating, authorising, guarding, and being responsible for environmental protection.”
M. Lee and L. Fisher, ‘Environmental Governance after the EU: The Need to Ensure Accountability’, Environment EU Ref Blog, Nov 2016 <https://environmenteuref.blogspot.de/2016/11/environmental-governance-after-eu-need.html>