Environmental Health and International Trade

By Aaron Cosbey, László Pintér, Luke Eric Peterson on July 14, 2005
This paper is aimed at fleshing out the various linkages that exist between trade policy (broadly defined to cover investment, intellectual property rights, goods, services, etc.) and environmental health. It is an analysis of the potential impact pathways by which trade policy might affect environmental health, based on a review of the literature and on the authors' knowledge of trade-environment and assessment issues. The paper serves as a first step in a journey of exploration, trying to gauge the feasibility and desirability of incorporating environmental health aspects in Canada's environmental assessments of trade liberalization agreements and also briefly consider the implications of the surveyed linkages for the prospects for environmental health impact assessment of trade policy.

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IISD, 2005