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Specific Environmental Effects of Trade Liberalization: Sugar

October 2006

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This IPC Issue Brief finds that changes in the biofuels market will have a greater impact on world sugar production, and in turn, the environment, than policy changes in trade. The authors make country-specific recommendations for policymakers to mitigate the possible negative impacts associated with increased sugar production. Among this discussion, they highlight the important roles of resource endowments, law enforcement, and technology in creating national policies to overcome the adverse environmental effects of increased sugar production on the world stage. This is the second paper of a two-part series analyzing the environmental impacts of both sugar and oilseeds production, following an increase in trade liberalization. The first study was released in October 2005 as IPC Issue Brief 16. An executive summary outlining the major findings of both papers is also available for download.

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