Environmental Assessments and Capacity Building  for Trade Liberalization in the Americas

In 2001, the OAS Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) through the Inter-American Forum on Environmental Law (FIDA) launched a  program to conduct ex-ante national-level environmental assessments of free trade for OAS member States and assess the capacity building needs and the sustainable policy alternatives to address such impacts. Since, the program has been executed with governmental and non-governmental partners in the Americas and with the support of the C.S. Mott Foundation, USAID and USEPA.  The initial focus of this program was the effects of the proposed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) in MERCOSUR countries.  However, the OAS has expanded its focus to include Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region.  These assessments address the environmental and social effects of trade liberalization and economic integration on key country sectors and seek to identify capacity building needs related to domestic laws, regulations and standards affecting market access of goods and services.

Sites of Interest

UNEP Integrated Assessment of Trade Related Policies 


European Union Sustainability Impact Assessments




OAS Opens Virtual Space for Dialogue on Sustainable Development More..


The OAS/DSD presented the efforts being conducted in order to support CAFTA-DR parties in determining the impact of the cooperation and achievement of long term environmental goals during the session “Mechanisms to monitor the implementation of RTAs: Public engagement, dispute settlement and other arrangements”.  


DSD / OAS presented in the framework of the Pathways to Prosperity Ministerial Meeting in Costa Rica, its work and challenges to tackle climate change More... (Spanish only)




September 23, 2010. Dialogue on implementation of core priorities of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) More...

September 15- October, 15, 2010. Hemispheric Virtual Consultation Forum. More...


Past events...




This page was last updated on Wednesday September 29, 2010.