Linking the Kyoto Protocol and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements; From Fragmentation to Integration?

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Kyoto Protocol, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Climate Change, Biodiversity, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity


This paper will consider the linkages between the issues of climate change and other global environmental challenges with a particular focus on the climate change and biodiversity regimes established at the 1992 World Summit in Rio. After briefly setting out the current state of the two regimes, the paper highlights substantive linkages between biodiversity and climate change. Against this backdrop, the paper considers whether there are opportunities for the climate change regime to benefit from commitments in other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), and specifically whether the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) can be used to motivate states to take more and more appropriate action on climate change.