Environment and Climate Change Provisions in Trade Agreements

The Project at A Glance

Trade agreements negotiations have become increasingly complex in the last decades with the addition of new emerging issues. ASEAN has pursued an active program of trade negotiations with external trading partners, which has, to date, yielded 13 bilateral or plurilateral trade agreements. ASEAN Member States have also concluded over 80 bilateral trade agreements.

In the context of the on-going trade negotiations of the ASEAN-Canada FTA, International Economics will provide technical assistance to the ASEAN Secretariat to address the inclusion of environmental and climate change-related provisions in FTAs through specific research.

What We Found

International Economics will support ASEAN Member States improve trade policies and fostering sustainable trade, prosperity, and poverty reduction in the region by preparing a research paper focusing on environment and climate change provisions in trade agreements, identifying options, challenges, best practices, and opportunities for integrating environmental protection and climate change considerations.

Our Strategy and Impact

The team will conduct an extensive document and literature review and will undertake an analysis of environment and climate change provisions in the selected FTAs in terms of history, trends, substance, legal and institutional effect. The team will also use primary sources of information through surveys and key informant interviews to prepare the research paper which will be presented to trade and environment officials of ASEAN Member States.

Our Core Solutions

The cross-cutting nature of trade is such that it requires a comprehensive, integrated, and inclusive framework. While well-designed trade policies are vital to delivering long-term benefits for economies, so is the need for effective implementation.

At International Economics Consulting Ltd., we support the public and private sectors in navigating the policy and negotiation landscape regarding international trade. This includes establishing robust monitoring and evaluation framework through sophisticated real-time dashboards and reporting systems to ensure the best outcomes. We provide advocacy services to empower delegations and negotiators to participate effectively in trade negotiations and deliberations and advocate for their countries’ interests and positions.

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