chapter  18
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Trade and Environmental Policy

The health and economic well-being of people living in poverty depends on a wide

range of environmental resources: fresh water for drinking, sanitation and agricul-

ture; fertile soil and healthy fisheries for the production of food; and the diverse prod-

ucts of forest and marine ecosystems.Moreover, the diversity of nature-its aesthetic,

nutritional and pharmacological variety-greatly enriches people’s physical and

spiritual experience. But when natural resources are depleted, or when air, soil and

water are polluted, poor and economically vulnerable people suffer the most.