New Zealand’s environment is affected not only by what we do within our borders but increasingly by what other countries do within and beyond their borders. New Zealand’s aim, both domestically and internationally, is to develop sound trade and environment policies that mutually support the goal of sustainable development.
Environment provisions in the context of Free Trade Agreements are a part of New Zealand’s commitment to sustainable development and also provide a platform for international cooperation between trading partner countries. Much of the work under these agreements focuses on improving knowledge, strengthening environmental policies, and building capacity and capability to implement such measures.
Bilateral and regional free trade agreements play an important role in international trade. New Zealand’s free trade agreements seek to maintain high standards for environmental protection, support and promote sustainable development and build capacity to more effectively address environmental issues.
The 2001 Framework for Integrating Environment Standards and Trade Agreements provides guidance for the negotiation of environmental issues in the context of New Zealand’s overall free trade negotiations.
Further information is provided below:
New Zealand has sought to promote its trading interests, particularly in the Asia–Pacific region, by negotiating free trade agreements. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the lead agency responsible for negotiating free trade agreements with other countries.
The Ministry for the Environment’s role is to support the negotiation of environment provisions associated with those agreements and to encourage our bilateral partners to improve market access for environmental goods and services.
New Zealand has recently concluded free trade agreements with:
New Zealand is currently in free trade negotiations with:
For more information on current trade negotiations visit the following Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade webpage:
New Zealand seeks environmental provisions that are of formal treaty status negotiated and signed within the framework of each free trade agreement. The Ministry for the Environment is the lead agency in New Zealand responsible for the implementation of the Environment Agreements with each partner country.
New Zealand currently has six Environment Agreements or Arrangements with the following countries:
Under these agreements, each country undertakes to:
To view the text of the Environment Agreements see:
The Ministry for the Environment is responsible for implementing the environment agreements once they come into force. We implement the environment agreements in a practical and meaningful way by working with our partner countries to meet our respective obligations and to undertake cooperative activities that address priorities of mutual interest.
The Ministry has undertaken a range of cooperation projects with Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Chile including projects involving other government departments, Crown Research Institutes, Universities, local authorities and private sector organisations.
Examples of activities completed include:
Information on New Zealand's cooperation with China can be found on our Environmental Cooperation with China Page.
Partnerships between New Zealand and Chile in the environmental sector - Joint Statement between the Ministers for the Environment of the Republic of Chile and New Zealand (26 September 2011).
Further information about environmental cooperation activities is available by contacting the Ministry for the Environment or through our quarterly newsletter Trade Links which provides a regular update on our international environment cooperation activities with partner countries.
At the Ministry for the Environment we also work within international environmental forums to:
For information on New Zealand’s International Trade and Environment agreements or activities, please contact email@example.com.
Last updated: 19 October 2011