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The Integration of Trade and Environmental Policies in Free Trade Agreements in Southeast-Asia


  • Astrid Fritz Carrapatoso


The integration of trade and environmental policies is part of the international sustainable development agenda. How trade and environmental policies could be designed in a way which makes them mutually supportive is discussed not only on a multilateral but also on a regional and bilateral level in the context of free trade negotiations. While some Western countries such as the U.S. or New Zealand try to integrate environmental issues into their trade policies, Asian countries, for instance, are less willing to address these issues in trade negotiations. This article seeks to provide an overview of free trade negotiations between Southeast Asian countries and New Zealand in which environmental issues are addressed. Furthermore, it wants to work out the pros and cons of free trade with regard to the environment and seeks to identify some of the factors that influence the integration of trade and environmental policies in bi- and minilateral trade negotiations.

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  • Astrid Fritz Carrapatoso, 2007. "The Integration of Trade and Environmental Policies in Free Trade Agreements in Southeast-Asia," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 26(1), pages 77-106.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:soaktu:v:15:y:2007:i:1:p:77-106

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