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Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change: Paths Forward in the Context of the UK-US Trade Negotiations

11 December 2020 / WORDS BY Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, in collaboration with Pollination Foundation

There are ways to incorporate nature-based solutions in the UK’s new policies that will both benefit British farmers and establish the UK as a global climate leader.

In this memo, produced by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, in collaboration with the Pollination Foundation, we lay out several arguments that supporters of nature-based solutions can use to ensure that any trade agreement with the United States capitalizes on the unique opportunity to support climate change action with nature-based solutions. Specifically, we explain the sometimes-complex rules of the international trading system and show how the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and precedent set by previous trade agreements, offer pathways to pursue these critical environmental goals. Finally, we identify specific measures that the UK can adopt to become a global leader on sustainability and nature-based climate change solutions within its trade relationship with the United States and across the broader global trade regime.



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