As recent events have demonstrated, the trade and environment worlds are increasingly influencing each other. As seen last December in Durban, tensions over the role of response measures in UNFCCC climate change negotiations underscored the notion that trade strongly influences some of the most contentious issues facing global climate change negotiators. Similarly, and perhaps more pressing, threats of a trade war have emerged as a response by some countries to the EU’s controversial decision to include aviation in its Emissions Trading Scheme, rather than waiting for a global solution.
These and countless other issues highlight the need for attention and deeper dialogue to ensure policymakers are equipped with the knowledge they need to make well-informed decisions. This reality lies at the heart of what Bridges Trade BioRes stands for. Natural resources, sustainable energy, biodiversity, fisheries, forestry and other crucial environmental issues will continue to affect and be affected by trade and, as always, BioRes will endeavour to bring a balanced view to its wide range of regular readers.
In the 12 years that BioRes has been providing news, analysis and information to the trade and environment community, we’ve always endeavoured to be current, engaging, and useful. The release of the first issue of this year’s review takes these three tenets to heart.
The frequency of the review has been increased this year in response to readers’ expressed request for more commentary and analysis. Subscribers can, thus, expect a full magazine-style publication on a much more frequent basis. Our biweekly news periodical has also been overhauled to allow for more frequent news updates as stories unfold. Visit our “news stream” on our newly revamped homepage or visit us on twitter for regular updates. For a roundup of the salient trade and environment news items in the world today, explore the newsroom in every issue of BioRes.
The redesign of our periodical is the result of countless hours of research and consultation aimed at simply making the most pleasant reading experience possible. The new design is visually lighter, less ink-intensive when printing, and optimised for reading on computer screens, tablets, and mobile devices.
We hope you enjoy the changes and the articles presented in this issue. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback on what you read and may publish your remarks. Please write to us at [email protected]
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