Regional Trade agreements (RTAs), which comprises of bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements, free trade agreements, economic partnerships and other arrangements aiming at trade liberalisation between countries, have grown substantially over the last decade. Countries increasingly use these trade agreements to co-operate on environmental matters by including environmental provisions in RTAs.
A number of annual updates were developed from 2007 to 2013 to track the development of environmental provisions in RTAs. A series of analytical reports are released and includes “a checklist for negotiators”, “framework for evaluation” and “trends and policy drivers” on environmental provisions in RTAs.
In 2007, the flagship publication on “Environment and Regional Trade Agreements” was released describing the “state of the art” for environmental provisions, side agreements and co-operation agreements linked to RTAs as of 2007. Since 2005, the OECD work on Regional Trade Agreement and the environment is carried out by the Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment (JWPTE).
This work is also accompanied by periodic workshops by several workshops for government officials and other experts on RTAs and the environment.
Santiago, Chile, 2018
Paris, France, 2016
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 2014
Flagship publication: annual updates
Reports on the OECD Environment and Regional Trade Agreements:
Checklist for Negotiators
Framework for Evaluation
Emerging Trends and Policy Drivers