The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Environment and Climate Change
Tania Voon (ed), Trade Liberalisation and International Co-operation: A Legal Analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Edward Elgar, 2014
32 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 16, 2013
The trade and environment relationship is complex and presents both challenges and opportunities. For instance, trade can lead to increased economic growth can result in increased consumption of non-renewable resources and greater environmental harms. On the other hand, increased economic growth can generate the resources to address environmental damage. International trade can also be a pathway for the transmission of weaker environmental policies from one country to another. Additionally, a number of environmental harms, such as illegal logging and overfishing, can be magnified by international trade, which expands the market for these goods. As a twenty-first-century trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) presents an important opportunity to address a range of environmental issues, from illegal logging to climate change and to craft rules that strike an appropriate balance between supporting open trade and ensuring governments can respond to pressing environmental issues.
Keywords: TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, trade, climate change, environment, FTA, WTO
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