TREND analytics contributes to improving the empirical understanding of the trade and environment interface – a mission of high relevance. That became clear during several presentations and debates in the last two weeks in Geneva, Brussels, Paris and Bonn.

Geneva: Launch event back to back the WTO Public Forum


Back to back the WTO Public Forum in Geneva on September 27th the TREND analytics team presented the online tool on a panel at the Graduate Institute Geneva. In a subsequent discussion, speakers and the audience highlighted the advantages TREND Analystics and how the tool can be used to support trade policy-making, generate new research insights and increase transparency for stakeholders.

Ambassador Alvaro Cedeno Molinari, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO, after highlighting the importance of environment-friendly production patterns for the economic progress of Costa Rica over the past decades, applauded the TREND analytics team for setting up this easy to use online tool.

For Aik Hoe Lim, Director Trade and Environment Division of the WTO, TREND Analytics is a useful tool for trade-policymakers and negotiators to track the uptake and diversity of environmental provisions in PTAs. Anja von Moltke, Head of the Trade, Policy and Planning Unit in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) emphasised the importance of increased transparency in trade policy making. In her opinion:

“TREND Analytics not only increases transparency of environmental content in PTAs, but also helps societal stakeholders to hold countries accountable.”

With just a few klicks, TREND analytics can help to easily navigate the interplay between trade and the environment and contribute to increasing the diffusion of environment-related content in trade agreements.” Clara Brandi

Bonn Workshop: Trade and the environment – New Potentials, New Pitfalls?

Two days later, participants of an academic workshop organized by the TREND analytics team at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Instititut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) explored the interplay between trade and the environment. In view of their increasing interconnections researchers from around the world (e.g. from ETH Zürich, Lund University, Johns Hopkins University, Oxford University, Xiamen University), discussed new potentials and pitfalls of the relationship between trade and environmental policy.

Workshop at DIE in Bonn: Trade and the environment – New Potentials, New Pitfalls?

 

Brussels and Paris: data matters

On the 2nd of October, the TREND analytics team presented and discussed the tool at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Jean-Frédéric Morin provided additional insights into the underlying dataset, which includes almost 300 different types of environmental clauses in 688 different trade agreements. Covering this size of empirical data, TREND is by far the most comprehensive and reliable dataset on this matter.

On the 3rd of October, the tool was presented at the OECD during a meeting of the Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment (JWPTE), stirring substantial interest among OECD members in TREND analytics and the underlying data.

“It is great to see in that TREND analytics is generating such enthusiasm from the policy community. I have found in Geneva, Brussels and Paris that stakeholders and policy-makers are not only interested in our research findings, but also in the dataset at the basis of our research.” Jean-Frédéric Morin

 


TREND analytics has been developed in the context of the Klimalog project, financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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