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THE GALLON ENVIRONMENT LETTER
IT IS TIME TO PLACE ENVIRONMENT ON THE FTAA AGENDA

NAFTA did it. The European Union did it. Place environmental protection into
the equation of free trade. Yet the governments negotiating the new Free
Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) are trying to dump environmental
protection. Led by George Bush, President of the United States, the FTAA
nations have yet to place into effect environmental protection measures
similar to NAFTA's environmental side agreement. And many of the
environmental organizations that are opposing FTAA altogether, are missing
the boat. They are not fighting for inclusion of the environment into FTAA.
Now, in a new Carnegie Endowment for International Peace working paper
entitled, "Politics and Parallel Negotiations: Environment and Trade in the
Western Hemisphere," John Audley, senior associate, and Edward Sherwin,
junior fellow, make the case for parallel negotiations during the Free Trade
of the Americas Agreement negotiations "that harnesses improved
environmental protection to the engines of economic expansion."  In order to
refocus what has been a troubled process, Audley and Sherwin argue for an
innovative, pro-active environmental approach that meets the environmental
concerns of developed and developing nations without sacrificing the growth
needs of developing economies. The steps they recommend in the report
include: national environmental assessments, much like what the NAFTA
Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is doing; develop a
"hemispheric environmental information access system"; develop coordinated
technical assistance and capacity building for the environment within member
countries; and, create an effective role for civil society. Audley and
Sherwin conclude that these advances must be linked to the outcome of trade
negotiations to compel governments to address them and ensure that growing
national economies and expanded environmental and human health capacity go
hand in glove. For more information contact Scott Nathanson, Communications
Manager, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts
Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036, ph. (202) 939-2211, fax: 202-939-2377. The
publication is available online at
http://www.ceip.org/files/Publications/wp25.asp or can be ordered by
contacting pubs@ceip.org
Visit their website at http://www.ceip.org

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