16 Jun: Biodiversity and effective Sustainable Impact Assessments

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

The impacts of trade liberalisation are wide ranging covering not just the economic sectors where business is done, but the social and environmental consequences which result through increased or decreased production, supply chain demands and distribution logistics. It is therefore extremely disturbing to read the admission of the European Commission that “there is ample evidence that the impacts of EU trade agreements on global biodiversity have contributed to net negative rather than positive consequences”.

At the start, when the European Commission begins to negotiate Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) it uses …