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Multilateral Environmental Agreements

A. Damodaran

in Encircling the Seamless

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066750
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066750.003.0011
Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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This chapter examines the dangers of instrumentalism that has affected environmental management regimes around the world. It considers instrumentalism as a phenomenon that obscures the basic purpose of the mission of ensuring conservation of global public goods. This mission receives less priority than elaborate systems of monitoring, verifying, and collating information that characterize multilateral environmental agreements. With greater emphasis on technical efficiency, instrumentalism prioritizes process and procedures over equity and fairness. The chapter discusses instrumentalism in relation to climate change, the Basel Convention, the Biodiversity Convention, and the Biosafety Protocol. It examines how Global Environmental Facility projects typically suffer from the disease and how instrumentalism affects initiatives in the water and forest sectors. Finally, it looks at how instrumentalism influences societal risks assessment.

Keywords: Basel Convention; Biodiversity Convention; Biosafety Protocol; Global Environmental Facility; instrumentalism; environmental management; multilateral environmental agreements; climate change; conservation; public goods

Chapter.  21009 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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