Beyond the barricades surrounding recent economic meetings, a constructive agenda is being developed on trade and sustainability issues in the Americas. This book brings together a diversity of perspectives and expertise on environment and development issues from governments, civil society and businesses in the Western Hemisphere. The book reviews specific areas where trade, environment and social policies intersect in the Americas, proposing that more integrated laws and policies could strengthen hemispheric progress toward sustainable development. It identifies new means of implementing this agenda, including changes to proposed trade agreements such as the FTAA, and ways to strengthen environmental and social cooperation mechanisms in the region, laying out future directions for law and policy in the region. The volume incorporates a variety of perspectives with policy options and research results from across the Americas. Critical yet constructive, it will appeal to students and scholars interested in the Americas integration process, as well as to development professionals and NGOs on the ground.
Contents: Preface, Oscar Arias. Introduction: Introduction, Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Maria Leichner Reynal; A hemispheric trade and sustainability agenda?, Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger. Intersecting Policy Priorities for Trade, Environment and Social Law in the Americas: Trade, Standards and Biosafety: The biosafety protocol: an opportunity for Americas collaboration, Rodrigo Artunduaga Salas; Biosafety, consumer protection and International trade, Roxana Salazar and Kristin Dawkins. Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity: Biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights, Mindahi Bastida Muñoz and Alvaro Soto Holguin; Bioprospecting partnership in practice, Jorge Cabrer. Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation Services: Drinking water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean: a general assessment, Malcolm Mercer and Karel Mayrand; Sustainable water management in Colombia, Guillermo A. Constain and Adam Rankin; Making water supply available to the excluded, Lester H. Forde. Mining and Stakeholder Participation: Mining and stakeholders involvement: addressing social sustainability challenges, Cristina Echevarria, Daniel Brooks, and Gordon Peeling; Mining and stakeholder involvement: rhetoric or reality?, Hernán Blanco and Nicola Borregaard. Climate Change Policy in the Americas: Global climate change and the Caribbean, Lionel Hurst; Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, Patrick Patelin. Sustainable Investment Policy in the Americas: Investment cooperation in the mercosur: towards a regional model, Maria Leichner Reynal; The FTAA in the graveyard of economic negotiations, Konrad von Moltke; From protest to proposal: options for an Americas investment regime?, Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger. Implementing Procedural Priorities for an Integrated Sustainable Development Agenda in the Americas: Strengthening and Linking Institutions: Strengthening capacity to link environment and health in the context of the FTAA, Soledad Salvad