In response to today’s announcement of the close of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) U.S. issued the following statement from President & CEO Carter Roberts:
“No major trade agreement before this one has gone so far to address growing pressures on natural resources like overexploited fish, wildlife and forests. Now that the negotiations have closed, we expect to see a strong environment chapter that promotes and enforces both legal and sustainable trade.
“With the right implementation and compliance procedures, the conservation commitments in this trade agreement could be game-changers.
“Of course there’s more work to be done. For the agreement to be a useful tool in addressing the Pacific region's tremendous conservation challenges, each nation will need to take on ambitious measures to effectively comply with their TPP obligations.
“At present, countries don't do enough to prohibit the trade in illegal wildlife as well as other illegal products obtained from forests and oceans. The TPP could mark real progress on conserving wildlife, fisheries and forests, but the member countries need to go beyond good words and intentions in the agreement to support and implement effective environmental protections as TPP requires.
“We will continue to work with the White House and Congress to ensure TPP includes mechanisms for strong implementation and enforcement of the deal’s conservation obligations. Legal and procedural reforms need to be enacted in many TPP countries before the agreement comes into force, for example, strong national measures to prohibit wildlife trafficking.
“It's worth pointing out the TPP does not explicitly address climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time. That work is being pursued in other international and bilateral mechanisms. To avoid undermining the potential conservation gains of TPP, we need to see accelerated action through those forums to close the gap between current emission reduction pledges and what the world needs to avoid the worst consequences of climate change."