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Third Working Group Meeting on Economic Instruments



17-18 February 2003
Geneva, Switzerland




The UNEP Working Group on Economic Instruments for Environmental Policy, consisting of 30 experts from academic, governmental, nongovernmental, intergovernmental institutions, was established in 2001 and provides a forum to help define modalities for the use of economic instruments for environmental management and sustainable development. A key aim of the Group is to identify ways to enhance policy coordination at the national level related to the design and use of economic instruments.

At its third meeting, the Working Group reviewed two UNEP working papers, entitled Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges for the Use of Economic Instruments in Environmental Policy Making and The Use of Economic Instrument to Implement Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The Group also exchanged national experiences on the use of economic instruments in achieving environmental policy objectives through the presentation and discussion of five UNEP-commissioned country projects.

The Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges Report provides practical guidance on where and when economic instruments may be appropriate and effective. The report sets forth a four-stage framework to assist decision-makers, especially in developing countries, in selecting, designing and applying economic instruments to address a specific environmental problem. The report will be revised based on the comments provided by the Working Group and will be published for wide circulation.

Using the framework presented in the paper, five UNEP-commissioned country projects - Kenya, Philippines, Indonesia, Argentina and Uganda - presented their experiences on the application of economic instruments in various sectors. Their accounts provided insights into the practical use of the methodology proposed within the Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges Report.

The second paper discussed was on The Use of Economic Instruments to Implement Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Prepared in close collaboration between UNEP and the CBD, CITES and Ramsar Convention Secretariats, this paper explores the potential of using economic instruments in achieving the objectives of these MEAs, analyses existing provisions in these Conventions for the use of economic instruments and provides practical examples for their implementation at the national level. This paper will also be revised and made available to national policy makers.

Participants expressed their appreciation of the outcome of the meeting. For many attending the event, the exchange of ideas and experiences was valuable and the process itself was a form of capacity building. Furthermore, it was decided that future work should focus on marketing and field-testing the two upcoming reports, and that future activities could additionally look at economic instruments applied in a broader development context and in alleviating specific environmental problems.

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MEETING DOCUMENTS

Report of the Meeting,17-18 February 2003

Agenda

List of Participants

Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges for the Use of Economic Instruments in Environmental Policy Making
(Draft, in PDF, 304KB)

- Doug Koplow's presentation

The Use of Economic Instruments to Implement Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Working paper, in Word file)

- Nicola Borregaard's presentation
- Mathew Stillwell's presentation

Country Presentations made during the Meeting
- Argentina
- Indonesia
- Philippines
- Uganda

CITES documents on economic incentives
- Summary Report, CoP12
- Economic incentives and trade policy

Terms of Reference of the Working Group

Report of the Second Working Group Meeting, Geneva, 31 Jan-1 Feb 2002

List of Participants to the Second Working Group Meeting, 31 Jan-1 Feb 2002

UNEP Brief on Economic Instruments

ETB Publications

New UNEP Publication
Integrated Assessment
of Trade and
Trade-Related Policies:
UNEP Country Projects
Round II - A Synthesis Report