Article 57 of the Constitution of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea of 1972 (amended in 1992) states that : "the State adopts measures to protect the environment, giving it preference over production, preserves and promotes the natural environment and prevents environmental pollution so as to provide the people with a hygienic living environment and working conditions." This statement is also the 57th Article in the 2009 Constitution of DPRK.
The Law on environmental protection, 1986, states in its first article that "protecting the environment is noble work to provide the popular masses with an environment for leading an independent and creative life. The State shall always show close concern for protecting and managing the environment so as to provide the people with a healthy environment and hygienic working conditions." Following articles are providing for the preservation and improvement of the natural environment, the prevention of environmental pollution, the guidance and management of environmental protection, the compensation for and sanctions against environmental damage.
For further information on environmental legislation on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, please access the FAO Legal Office's website.