Trade and Environment Newsletter: Issue 20, May 2013

North South divide in APEC over denomination of Environmental Goods and Services

Proposals by developing countries to expand the list of environmental goods recognised by APEC to include agri-food commodities including palm oil have been opposed by the US and several industrialised economies.  This is a setback for APEC and wider global initiatives to support outcomes which a senior Indonesian trade official described as “pro environment, pro development and pro poor”. Continue reading

The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 31, May 2013

RSPO adopts standard, internal fissures loom

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) officially approved a revised standard during an extraordinary meeting held in April. The new standard (see April newsletter, ‘RSPO calls EGA to tightening standards for growers’) includes a number of requirements which increase onerous burdens on palm oil growers. Continue reading

In the Media: WWF agenda punishing the poor

The following opinion piece by World Growth chairman Alan Oxley appeared in the Business Times on April 25. 

THE Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s wealthiest international environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Its total global spending is close to US$500 million a year.

But it has blind spot, a big one. Eradication of poverty is not a priority for WWF.

In fact, the NGO’s strategies to protect the environment hinder efforts to combat poverty. This will be clear this week when the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meets here for an extraordinary session to insert WWF’s anti-development agenda into a revision of the RSPO standard.

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