Rapid Trade and Environment Assessment (RTEA): National Report for Thailand

By Sabrina Shaw, Aaron Cosbey, Sabrina Shaw, Heike Baumuller, Bunchorn Songsamphant on December 9, 2007
This report presents the results of the Rapid Trade and Environment Assessment (RTEA), which examines possible environmental impacts and opportunities arising from further trade liberalization in Thailand, carried out in collaboration with the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) and the Good Governance for Social Development and the Environment Institute (GSEI). It provides an overview of the economic and environmental contexts in Thailand, including a review of existing and planned bilateral and regional trade agreements. It goes on to identify key economic sectors that are most likely to have significant trade/investment potential and environmental impacts: electronic and electrical equipment; automotive vehicles and parts; rubber; textiles; fisheries; and fruits and vegetables. For each sector, the report provides a preliminary assessment of the risks that continued export growth in these sectors might pose for the environment as well as opportunities for using trade policies and tools to advance environmental objectives in these sectors. The report concludes with a series of general and sector-specific policy recommendations on how such impacts could be mitigated and identifies areas where further analysis on the interaction between trade/investment liberalization and environmental sustainability would be needed.

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IISD, 2007