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Environment and Trade

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/9780198066750.003.0012
Environment and Trade

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This chapter considers the role of civil societies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in promoting the cause of global public goods such as climate change and biodiversity, their interventions on issues relating to the Basel Convention, and trade and environment conflicts. Some NGOs and academic institutions are consulted by the Government of India and state governments on matters relating to sustainable development and natural resources management. This chapter argues that civil society groups themselves are unable to cope with the various issues associated with global goods and that there is an urgent need to address cross-cutting issues in order to ensure that the goal of sustainable development is attained in an integrated sense. It also stresses the importance of promoting the capacity of civil society groups. Cross-cutting issues can promote non-instrumental approaches that emphasizes respect for diversity.

Keywords: Basel Convention; India; civil societies; non-governmental organizations; trade; environment; public goods; climate change; biodiversity; sustainable development

Chapter.  3717 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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