Trade and Environment Newsletter: Issue 17, February 2013

Transatlantic trade deal announced– the next ‘green FTA’?

After several months of talking, the US has announced its intention to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with the EU. In his State of the Union address on February 12, President Obama announced that the Administration plans to notify Congress of its intent to launch negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the EU. Continue reading

The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 28 February 2013

WWF attacks Asian palm oil; Supported by Indian domestic oilseed interests

WWF has initiated a campaign attacking palm oil imports from South-East Asia into India, claiming that palm oil is a key driver of deforestation, and Indian imports of the commodity are driving biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions through peat burning. The claims are either gross exaggerations or false. Meanwhile the foreword of the report was written by a businessman with commercial interests in domestic palm oil production, suggesting protectionist intentions. Continue reading

World Growth Forestry and Poverty Project Newsletter – Issue 43

World Bank: Forestry projects conserve forest, neglect the poor

A recent internal review by the World Bank’s Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) has been highly critical of the institution’s decade-long record in the forestry sector. In particular, the review is critical of the Bank’s record on poverty alleviation in its forestry projects.   Continue reading

New report: Cutting Down the Poor

Executive Summary from the World Growth report ‘Cutting Down the Poor

The government of the United Kingdom and the European Union have introduced measures against illegal logging with their trading partners that are currently costing approximately €22.4 million annually. By the EU’s own estimates these measures are likely to be ineffective  Continue reading

World Growth Press Release: €270 million EU-UK ‘green aid’ program will destroy jobs in developing countries and break international trade laws

International anti-poverty group World Growth says a EU-UK aid program to stop so-called illegal logging in developing countries will cause job losses across Africa and Asia, and is likely to break international trade laws. Continue reading

World Growth in the media – Economic situation in EU becomes one of the most widely discussed topics of Davos forum

PenzaNews, 4 February 2013

World Growth Ambassador Alan Oxley provided expert commentary to PenzaNews on the European Crisis and the ability of the World Economic Forum’s participants to understand the issues at hand.

“The Head of the Swiss based bank UBS warned about the complacency over the debt crisis in Europe. The perspective in the rest of the world is that only two options are realistic in Europe – a huge destruction of wealth, the like of which has not been seen for 70 years, or spreading the burden of the debt workout across the people of Europe, flattening growth for a decade or more. The mood at Davos seems to suggest this is not fully understood,” said Ambassador Oxley.

Read the full story here.