Assessments and Capacity Building for Trade Liberalization in the
In 2001, the OAS Department of
Sustainable Development (DSD) through the
Inter-American Forum on Environmental Law (FIDA)
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.
September 23, 2010.
Dialogue on implementation of core priorities of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
September 15- October, 15, 2010.
Hemispheric Virtual Consultation Forum.