INTERVIEW - Free Trade can Help Guard the Environment - WTO
Proposals in the revived Doha Round of free trade talks could help protect the environment if governments agree to a deal at forthcoming negotiations, the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Monday.
Can it be that simple? The primary solution seems to be to cut subsidies and tariffs on environmental goods.
Measures to cut farming and fisheries subsidies will stop overproduction while others will lower tariffs on environmentally sound goods and services, Pascal Lamy said on the fringes of a major UN environment meeting in Kenya.
So with the environment so high on the agenda does this mean that Doha Round will succeed this time? The solution, as ever, lies with the US along with the EU and Japan this time.
Experts say the key to a deal lies in getting deeper US cuts in farm subsidies, which poor nations say give farmers there an unfair advantage, and in securing similar reforms from the EU, Japan and other big importers on farm tariffs.
I for one will not be holding my breath.