Project Title

Capacity Building on Environmental Provisions in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) / Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 27 2016A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
View Budget TableView Budget Table
|
PrintPrint

Project No.

CTI 27 2016A 

Project Title

Capacity Building on Environmental Provisions in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) / Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

80,000 

Co-funding Amount

11,000 

Total Project Value

91,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Topics

Trade Facilitation 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Hong Kong, China; Mexico; New Zealand; Singapore 

Expected Start Date

01/01/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Liu Guozhi 

Job Title 1

Director 

Organization 1

Ministry of Environmental Protection 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

86-10 66556514 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

liu.guozhi@mep.gov.cn 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Liu Guozhi 

Project Summary

Nowadays it becomes a trend to conceive environmental provisions in Free Trade Agreements/Regional Trade Agreements (FTAs/RTAs) to get mutual supportiveness of trade and environment. In that sense, it is important to discuss the environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs.

This project consists of a survey, a study and a capacity-building seminar addressing issues on environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs. The one-day seminar will invite government officials involving in FTAs/RTAs negotiations, aswell as policy makers in related fields and experts from international organizations to share their experience, knowledge and expertise in this field.

Activities in this project include:

1) A survey about the status quo, progress and trend of environmental provisions and a study on environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs will be done in March. A report will be drafted based on the findings of the survey and the study.

2) A capacity building seminar will be held in Beijing before July to share the findings of the report and discuss various topics, such as experience of negotiations on environmental provisions, the divergence and convergence among them, how to make a contribution to the realization of sustainable trade (one goal of SDG) by APEC members’ practices in negotiations on environmental provisions, etc.

A summary report based on the findings of the study and the seminar will be drafted and circulated.

Relevance

In 2014, APEC Leaders decided to kick off and advance the process in a comprehensive and systematic manner towards the eventual realization of the FTAAP, and endorsed the Beijing Roadmap for APEC’s Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP, in which APEC leaders agreed to "continue the capacity building activities in pursuit of the FTAAP under CBNI (Capacity Building Needs Initiative)…" by "advancing initiatives in areas such as…next generation trade and investment issues that the FTAAP should contain." 

Nowadays it becomes a trend to conceive environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs to get mutual supportiveness of trade and environment. In that sense, environmental provisions will be probably discussed under FTAAP. However, the widening gap among the APEC member economiesin terms of FTA/RTA negotiation on environmental provisions may become one of the biggest challenges to the realization of FTAAP.Therefore, study and capacity building on specifictopics, such asenvironmental provisions on promoting green and sustainable trade in FTAs/RTAs, will be useful for narrowing the gap. 

In this project, it will seek to address the issues on environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs, through reviewing, surveying and discussing the existing FTAs/RTAs,analyzing the divergence and convergence among them and discussing how to promote realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through negotiation on environmental provisions, and then provide suggestions on how to deal with environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs. 

The project will benefit all APEC economies through: 1) improving their awareness of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs; 2) building a shared understanding of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs; 3) promoting green and sustainable trade in APEC. 

This project falls under Rank 1 of 2016 APEC Funding Criteria -- Projects that demonstrate a direct link to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment, which include Regional Economic Integration initiatives, including the Beijing Roadmap for APEC's Contribution to the Realization of the FTAAP.

Objectives

This project is designed directly to accomplish the following three goals: 

1) To increase knowledge of negotiators, policymakers, and regulators on environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAsof APEC members; 

2) To enhance the capacities of FTA negotiators as well aspolicymakers in the field of trade, environment, finance, planning, etc., in addressing issues on environmental provisions in terms of FTAs/RTAs negotiations; 

3) To make a contribution to promote the realization of SDG under trade framework; and etc.

Alignment

1) APEC Leaders and Ministers’ instructions in 2014 reiterated to enhance transparency among regional RTAs/FTAs and to share and assess information on WTO-plus elements of RTAs/FTAs in order to strengthen and deepen regional economic integration and facilitate the realization of the FTAAP. 

2) The second CBNI, under which the proposed seminar will be held, was endorsed in 2014 in the outcome documents of the CSOM, AMM and AELM with broad support from APEC member economies. The second CBNI is, in particular, recognized as one of the activities set forth in the Beijing Roadmap to be undertaken for the realization of the FTAAP.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project will help APEC economies, especially developing economies to strengthen capacitybuilding on understanding and negotiating of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs, such as increasing the knowledge of the effect of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs on environment as well as sustainable development, enhancing the capacity of designing environmental provisions under FTAs/RTAs framework to get mutual supportiveness between environment and trade, and so on. 

From the expected goals and designed activities, this project will firstly identify the demand of developing economies for capacity building on environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs through questionnaire; and then the study report will take these issues into account; finally this project will also provide an effective platform for different economies and stakeholders, especially developing economies to communicate their experience and lessons regarding key aspects of the environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs. Moreover, the travel expenses for the developing economies will be reimbursed by this project in order to encourage them to participate in the seminar. 

Therefore, the project promotes the capacities of APEC economies, especially developing economies in the field of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project will deliver the following outputs. 

1) A study report on environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs: A study on environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs will be done by reviewing, surveying and analyzing, and a report will be prepared based on the study by the end of May, 2017. 

2) A seminar on environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs: A seminar on "Environmental Provisions in FTAs" will be held in Beijing before July 2017, which will cover the discussion on:

- Experience of FTAs/RTAs negotiations on environmental provisions;

- Divergence and convergence of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs;

- Environmental impact assessment and environmental provisions in FTAs;

- How to get mutual supportiveness of trade and environment, and further make a contribution to SDG by APEC members’ practices in negotiations on environmental provisions; etc. 

3) The proceedings of the seminar: The proceedings of the seminar will be drafted and will be made available to the APEC Secretariat, as well as uploaded to APEC Publication Database. 

4) A summary report: A summary report will be draftedbased on the seminar, including recommendations and suggestions, and will be made available to the APEC Secretariat, as well as uploaded to APEC Publication Database.The deliverables can be reported back to CTI and GOS as part of the suggestion to have a regular updating matrix of environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs of APEC members. 

Outcomes: 

1) In general, the participants of this project can increasetheir knowledge and understanding on environmental provisions, enhance their capacity of environmental policy making under FTAs/RTAs framework, and share their opinions and views on environmental provisions in future FTAs/RTAs through the study and seminar of this project; 

2) The organizers of this project hope the participants will pay more attention on environmental instruments (i.e. environmental provisions) in FTAs/RTAs to balance trade and environment after this project; 

3) The organizers of this project also hope the participants will use the knowledge, experience and skills study in this project to design their environmental policies and provisions in their FTAs/RTAs negotiations in the future practice. 

Beneficiaries: The intended beneficiaries of this project are quite broad. 

1) The direct beneficiaries of the seminarwill be:

-  FTA/RTA negotiators from APEC member economies, especially from developing economies, who are in charge of trade and environmental issues, such as officials from ministry of environment or sustainable development, ministry of trade or commerce, and etc.;

-  policy-makers from APEC member economiesin the field of  trade, environment, finance, planing, etc.;

-   experts in the field of green trade or sustainable development from international organizations, such as representatives from UNEP, OECD and etc. 

2) Because the outcome of the seminar will be circulated on APEC website, its indirect beneficiaries may include a larger number ofFTA/RTA negotiators, governomental officials from other developing economies and any other experts interested in this topic from international organizations.

Dissemination

The study report, proceedings of the seminar and the summary report of the project will be submitted to CTI and uploaded tothe APEC website/Publications Database, which will be the primary depository platform for disseminating the electronic format of the projectoutputs.All publications produced under the project will comply with APEC Publications Guidelines, Logo Guidelines and IP Policy. 

At the meantime, the aforementioned reports will be published as hard copies and sent to the concerning representatives and officials of APEC member economies, and other related non-member stakeholders, such as related international organizations and experts. 

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Women will be directly and actively involved in the project. 

Project proponents of this Capacity Building Workshop are women. Among the governmental officials and experts from international organizations who have been consulted and given comments, half of them are women. 

The project team will be mainly made up of women. The overseer of the project is a woman. The organizer will be a woman. At least one assistant for the organization will be a woman. 

Female participants are encouraged and prioritized to be invited.

Work Plan

The project is designed to increase knowledge on environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs,and ultimately make a contribution to promote the realization of SDG. The projectwill help to enhance APEC members’ capacities of FTA negotiators as well as trade and environmental policymakers in addressing issues on environmental provisions in terms of FTA/RTA negotiations, and provide a platform for sharing experience. 

In order to achieve the targets, some activities are conducted and planned as follows: 

Activity 1: a survey on APEC members’ needs and awareness of environmental provisions: At the beginning of March 2017, questionnaires on the awareness of environmental provisions in FTA/RTA will be designed and circulated among APEC members to study the needs of APEC members and their awareness of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs.

Activity 2: a studyon environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs: A study on environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs will be done by reviewing, surveying and analyzing by the end of May, 2017,Project implementation will include the following steps: (1) Literature review; (2) set up an outline and methodology of the study; (3) survey, data collect and analysis; (4) finalize the report.The outputs of this activity will be a report, which will be finalized at the end of May. 

Activity 3: a seminar onenvironmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs: A seminar on "Environmental Provisions in FTAs/RTA" will be held in Beijing before July, 2017, and will cover a series of discussions, which are mentioned previously. Activity implementation will include the following steps: 

1) Contracting with consultants and assistants

2) Formulation of draft agenda: Formulation of the agenda will be undertaken by the project overseer and the consultants, in consultation with the project’s co-sponsors, candidate experts and other interested CTI members. The output of this step will be a draft agenda of the seminar, which will be conducted on the basis of the preliminary survey and study carried out by the consultants.

3) Identification of participants and speakers: Working with co-sponsors and other interested CTI members, the project overseer and the consultants will identify and invite speakers from international organizations, like UNEP, OECD, and some representatives from governmentof APEC members. Also, participants will be nominated by interested members. The output of this step will be a list of speakers and a list of nominated participants.

4) Finalization of agenda and logistic arrangements of the seminar: With further consultation with project overseer and invited speakers, the agenda of the seminar will be finalized. Also, with the help from the Secretariat, the logistic matters will be managed. The output of this step will be a finalized agenda of the seminar.

5) Execution of the seminar: The seminar will be executed under the direction of the project overseer and the consultants with the help from the Secretariat and the assistant. The output of this step will be the seminar.

6) Compiling of the proceedings and the submission: This will be undertaken by the consultants and the assistants under the direction of the project. The proceedings will be drafted based on the materials of the seminar. The output of this step will be the proceedings. 

Activity 4: summary report: A summary report based on the study and seminar will be drafted by the consultants and circulated within APEC economies with the help from the Secretariat for comments, and submitted to the Secretariat by the end of September, 2017. The recommendations on dealing with issues of environmental provisions in FTAs can be reported back to CTI and GOS. 

The time schedule is shown below: 

Timeline

Actions

Jan-Mar2017

Contracting with consultant and assistant

Mar 2017

Questionnaires on the awareness of environmental provisions in FTA/RTA will be designed and circulated among APEC members.

Mar-May 2017

A study on environmental provisions in existing FTAs/RTAs will be done by reviewing, surveying and analyzing, and a report will be prepared based on the study.

Jun 2017

A seminar on "Environmental Provisions in FTAs/RTAs" will be held in Beijing before July, 2017.

Jun-Sep 2017

Summary report based on the study and seminar will be drafted. The recommendations on dealing with issues of environmental provisions in FTAscan be reported back to CTI and GOS.

Risks

Risks associated with the project will be minimal. The risk that can be currently known is time conflict for some speakers.

Risk management: Although time is enough for inviting the speakers and the project proponents have already consulted with some economies and candidate experts during the development of the proposal,there may be last-minute speaker cancellations. That risk will be managed by identifying possible back-up speakers in advance of the event.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The organizers of the project will work closely and regularly with co-sponsor economies in doing study, determining the agenda, selection of speakers, moderators, etc. The project will adhere strictly to APEC project implementation procedures, including the timeline of the actions. 

In order to collect stakeholders’ feedbacks and evaluate the seminar, an evaluation form, including presentation topics, seminar arrangements, future co-operation needs in this area, gender issues, suggestions for further improvement, etc., will be prepared and distributed to all participants at the end of the seminar. The evaluation results will be reflected to the evaluation report of the project. 

Quantifiable indicators used to monitor and evaluate the project are selected as follows:

- Overall participants (more than 40 people)
- Participants from developing economies (more than 25 people)
- The percentage of female participants (around 50%)
- The No. of participating economies (11 economies above)
- The expected No. of completed/returned questionnaires (over 30 questionnaires or more than 80% of the participants)
- The overall satisfaction rate (over 80%)

Linkages

Engagement: OECD and WTO experts may be invited to the seminar as speakers or presenters to share their expertise and exchange views with APEC member economies. Consequently, the seminar will promote collaboration between APEC and these non-APEC stakeholders.

Previous Work: The study will target some key issues that spotted in the forthcoming APEC capacity building workshop on FTA negotiation skills on Environment (Phase 2) in Viet Namin 2016, and therefore future seminar can further be tailored to actual needs from economies to help them improve capacities in this field.

APEC’s comparative advantage: The reason why APEC is the most appropriate institution to fund the project will be:(1) This project is directly served for the goal of the APEC REI CBNI Framework, which is to prepare APEC economies to negotiate high-quality trade agreements including a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific; (2) This project is also directly served as concrete actions to realize APEC Green Growth and sustainable development.

Sustainability

With the completion of the project, APEC economies’ capacity in the field of environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs will be enhanced, negotiators and policymakers from APEC member economies especially from developing economies will have an opportunity to share information and discuss environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs which are important for the realization of FTAAP in the future, and also understanding and awareness on environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs in APEC region will be raised. Also, it is expected that further cooperation among APEC economies in this area will be enhanced, with concrete actions to be explored and proposed to the CTI.

Some follow up actions can be carried out after the successful completion of the project. For example, the summary report of the project and all the returned questionnaires will facilitate CTI to assess the overall capacity building impacts of the project, and the project can create a network among the seminar participants for further communication, consultation and cooperation in this area among the APEC economies, which can also be used in future for information sharing and other capacity building programmes.

Project Overseers

The project overseers will be Ms. Liu Guozhi from the Task Force of Environment and Trade, Investment Issues of Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Environmental Protection, China.

She has overseen a successful CTI project in 2014, which is Capacity Building on Implementation of APEC’s Environmental Goods Commitments. 

Considering that the project will have 2 main activities, i.e.a study and a seminar on environmental provisions in FTAs/RTAs, there will 2 consultants to divide the heavy burden.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

This project includes a number of activities, such as questionnaire design and analysis, survey, study & analysis, seminar, report writing, etc., and therefore comparatively high amount of labour need to be assigned to these activities. The consultant and consultant secretary, short term clerical will take responsibility in close collaboration with PO, co-sponsors and other APEC economies. The consultant secretary will give assistance to the consultant in academy way, while the short-term clerical will give assistance to the project in logistical way. Specifically, for consultants (300 hours of input will be needed), under the direction of the PO, need to accomplish the following work:

- preliminary study and analysis for the seminar; 
- questionnaire design and analysis;
- develop the seminar agenda;
- identify and invite speakers and nominate participants;
- field survey and interview;
- the proceedings of the seminar compiling and summary report writing based on the discussion and elaboration;
- study report preparing and writing. 

For consultant secretary(400 hours of input will be needed), under the direction of the consultant,need to accomplish the following work:

- literature review
- questionnaire statistical analysis
- communication with some experts and stakeholders;
- field survey and interview;
- data collect and analysis;
- preparing the seminar, including the development of the agenda, help the overseer and consultants to communicate with candidate experts etc.;
- compile the proceedings of the seminar.

For short term clerical(200 hours of input will be needed), under the direction of the consultant and the PO, need to accomplish the following work:

- to be responsible for the logistic issues for the seminar and field survey, such as travel arrangement;

- dissemination of the proceedings and report; and

- Assist the consultant and consultant secretary to conduct any necessary activities listed above.

Waivers

Travel airfare, per diem for speakers and active participants will be paid in advance to encourage them to participate in the project.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
Attachments
Version: 2.0 
Created at 28/12/2016 15:16  by Lucy Phua 
Last modified at 28/12/2016 15:19  by Lucy Phua 
Version HistoryVersion History

Project No.

Project Title

Project Status

Publication (if any)

Fund Account

Sub-fund

Project Year

Project Session

APEC Funding

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

Sponsoring Forum

Topics

Committee

Other Fora Involved

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

Proposing Economy(ies)

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Expected Start Date

Expected Completion Date

Project Proponent Name 1

Job Title 1

Organization 1

Postal Address 1

Telephone 1

Fax 1

Email 1

Project Proponent Name 2

Job Title 2

Organization 2

Postal Address 2

Telephone 2

Fax 2

Email 2

Declaration

Project Summary

Relevance

Objectives

Alignment

TILF/ASF Justification

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Dissemination

Gender

Work Plan

Risks

Monitoring and Evaluation

Linkages

Sustainability

Project Overseers

Cost Efficiency

Drawdown Timetable

Direct Labour

Waivers

Are there any supporting document attached?

hdFldAdmin

Project Number

Previous Fora

Secretariat Comments

Reprogramming Notes

Consolidated QAF

Endorsement By Fora

PD Sign Off

Batch

Forum Priority

Committee Ranking Category

Committee Priority

PDM Priority

Priority Within Funding Category

Monitoring Report Received

Completion Report Received

PMU Field 1

PMU Field 2

PMU Field 3

On Behalf Of

Proposal Status

Originating Sub-Forum

Approval Status
Attachments
Content Type: Standard Proposal
Version:
Created at by
Last modified at by
Go Search