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International environmental impacts

Quotation: Stefan Reis (2013): Introduction to the environmental Impact Area International Environmental Impacts:


Europeans enjoy some of the world’s highest environmental standards. And the continent accepts that, as a major consumer of natural resources, it has a responsibility to try to minimise its global environmental impact. But restricting action to within the continent would fail to protect the EU from environmental degradation elsewhere. Protecting the environment requires a global effort, and the EU encourages this through various activities. Therefore, environment issues are increasingly acknowledged by the international and diplomatic communities due to the growing interdependencies with other policy fields such as development and trade but also with democratisation, conflict prevention and post-conflict resolution, or enlargement.

This impact area is further specified by the taxonomy term: Environment in Developing Countries.

Relevant Policies

  • The European strategy on environmental integration in external relations has been adopted in 2002 and defines a coherent framework of principles to improve environmental protection at international level. These principles concern the political dialogue with third countries, cross-cutting issues, trade policy and international governance.
  • Initiated in 2007 by the European Commission, the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) intends to deepen dialogue, cooperation and enhance support on climate change between the European and poor developing countries, the most vulnerable to climate change, in particular Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
  • The 2005 "EU Consensus on Development" inter alia stresses the importance of sustainable management and preservation of natural resources, both as a source of income and as a means to safeguard and develop jobs, rural livelihoods and environmental goods and services.
  • The new European development policy requires that environment and sustainable management of natural resources be treated as a crosscutting issue to be integrated into all development activities.
  • The Commission's environment integration strategy outlines how the EU can best help developing countries to respond to environmental challenges as they work to reduce poverty.

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Environment in Developing Countries

Publications and applications

Titel Type of practice Updated date
European Research for Impact Assessment Tools Publication 2014-04-17 14:41
IA Report: Communication demonstrating Carbon Capture and Geological Storage (CCS) in emerging developing countries: financing the EU-China Near Zero Emissions Coal Plant project Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 12:25
IA Report: Communication on limiting Global Climate Change to 2 degrees Celsius Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 22:24
IA Report: Communication on Winning the Battle against Global Climate Change Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 11:40
IA Report: Comprehensive trade and investment agreement, called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, between the European Union and the United States of America (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 21:14
IA Report: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the seventh framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 12:05
IA Report: Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-27 13:30
IA Report: General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 "Living well, within the limits of our planet" (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-25 18:26
IA Report: Implementation and exploitation of European satellite navigation systems (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-27 16:10
IA Report: Including aviation activities in the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 10:53
IA Report: Investment agreement between the European Union and the People's Republic of China (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 21:08
IA report: Mid-term review on the Sixth Community Environment Action Programme Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 22:29
IA Report: Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-25 18:31
IA Report: Proposal for a Regulation on ship recycling (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-25 18:34
IA Report: Renewable Energy Road Map Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 20:22
IA Report: Union guidelines for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-30 00:50
Impact Assessment of Land Use Policies Publication 2014-04-09 21:11
Sustainable development ‘outside’ the European Union: what role for impact assessment? Publication 2013-03-22 17:44
The Policy-Relevancy of Impact Assessment Tools: Evaluating Nine Years of European Research Funding Publication 2014-07-09 16:32

Content for this term

Title Type Updated date
E3ME Model 2014-04-23 15:36
ERICATool Model 2013-11-26 08:29
International environmental impacts Impact Area 2014-01-22 16:33
Peterson, Kaja Expert 2014-03-05 09:38
Reidsma, Pytrik Expert 2014-04-08 17:04
Reis, Stefan Expert 2013-10-29 13:28
WITCH Model 2013-11-26 08:29