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  • DownloadTrade and Environment: A Resource Book (PDF - 1.8 kb)
    Edited by Adil Najam, Mark Halle and Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz
    IISD, in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and The Ring, has released this publication as a means to shed light on some of the key themes in the trade and environment debate. Penned by 61 authors from 34 countries, this volume provides a blend of background information, expert commentaries and resources including a glossary, and a trade and environment timeline.

Environment is an important component of sustainable development, and was the initial impetus of many in looking at the wider non-commercial impacts of the multilateral trade system. IISD has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at better defining exactly how trade law and policy impacts on the environment.

The picture is not black and white—whether at the level of economic, legal or policy linkages. Only through better understanding of these linkages will we be in a position to advocate for trade and environment policies that promote environmental integrity.

Key Message - Trade and Environment

IISD produces research for multiple audiences on the environmental implications of expanding international trade and on the impact of trade agreements on widely-held environmental objectives.

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  • Rapid Trade and Environment Assessment
    This project aims to develop a methodology to undertake rapid assessments of the environmental implications of trade and investment agreements, whether newly-minted or under negotiation. Pilot projects are ongoing in Laos and Thailand.

  • Environmental Goods Negotiations
    This paper analyzes possible approaches for ensuring a balance in trade gains in the ongoing WTO negotiation on environmental goods. It begins with a realistic assessment of the negotiations under Para 31(iii) of the Doha Ministerial Declaration and touches upon the progress made in the negotiations so far vis-à-vis different Members' positions. It suggests that a combination of Special and Differential Treatment provisions and bringing environmentally preferable products of export interest to developing countries in the ambit of environmental goods, could offer a balanced deal to the developing countries.