HSI urges the Commonwealth to fully implement TPP environment provisions
Humane Society International (HSI) Campaign Director Michael Kennedy said today, “Speaking on behalf of our 60,000 Australian members, HSI expects the new Turnbull Government to fully and comprehensively implement the environment provisions of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPP). HSI has worked hard for the past decade to help ensure that the new Environment Chapter of the TPP and its binding provisions were the strongest possible.”
Mr Kennedy noted that, “This would include a range of new legislative provisions, including strengthening amendments to the Commonwealth’s ‘Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999’, especially in relation to controlling wildlife imports and exports and protecting our marine environment.”
The TPP Parties include the USA, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, and the new environment provisions contain text on: fulfilling obligations under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora); prohibiting harmful fisheries; promoting sustainable fisheries management; promoting long-term conservation of whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and other marine species; combatting wildlife trafficking and IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing; effective enforcement of domestic environmental laws and MEA (Multi-lateral Environment Agreements) obligations; measures to combat and cooperate to prevent trade in wild fauna and flora that have been taken illegally; a dispute settlement mechanism (meaning environment provisions are binding) and public input into implementation of the Environment Chapter (Environment Committee formed to conduct reviews). Dispute settlement provisions include the ability to impose trade sanctions.
Mr Kennedy concluded, “The TPP provides a critical opportunity to hold trade partners accountable on all of the above environment provisions, and HSI has had success doing this in the past with other free-trade agreements emanating from the US. HSI Australia will investigate the best means of legally implementing these provisions when the full text of the agreement has been released, and negotiating with the Australian Government on this crucial agreements effective use.”