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To what extent would you agree that international co-operation is important in tackling world environmental problems?

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To what extent would you agree that international co-operation is important in tackling world environmental problems? European Community Commission President Delors has referred to global environmental management as "the greatest phenomenon of world interdependence there is". Indeed, due to its inherently trans-national character and global implications, environmental conservation has blossomed into an urgent and salient sphere of cooperation and coordination in the international community. Common to all of humanity, it cannot be resolved by a few countries acting alone. Thus, I fully agree that international co-operation is crucial in tackling world environmental problems and will subsequently prove the justification for my stand. First and foremost, we must be aware that sole actions undertaken by various countries and organisations effect significant impacts upon the global environment, whether positive or negative. Wise measures implemented by cooperative parties can very well play a role in tackling environmental problems. Yet, they may be hampered by contradicting parties. A nonchalant attitude adopted or lack of discipline displayed by uncooperative parties which cause inconsiderate damage to the environment, inevitably disrupts the global climb towards an enhanced environment. ...read more.


Furthermore, international cooperation can bring about the creation of a more standardised and effective liaison network for environmental policymaking, information exchange, and data compilation. Borders will then no longer impede the tackling of environmental problems once communities worldwide are empowered with the accessibility of vast knowledge and expertise for usage and research purposes. When innovations and discoveries are made towards the tackling of environmental problems, like the discovery of alternative environment-friendly energy sources, there can be generous dissemination of the newly acquired knowledge. This allows for improvisations through discussions with other countries and organisations, in order to attain wholesome benefits from its implementations. A situation, which illustrates the above reasoning, is the sharing of climate change satellite data among countries. Different United States government agencies collect air and ground data, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and others such as the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. However interagency cooperation associated with this task is too fragmented presently. Although European and Japanese space agencies collect and share their respective data with them, the information is often plagued by compatibility problems. ...read more.


An example is Sulawesi, Indonesia, where the gold mines, 300-odd processing units and factories are spewing out toxins of some 150,000 tons of mercury-laden slurry into the environment annually. World Bank estimates put the cleanup costs at around $1 billion, a laughable figure in near-bankrupt Indonesia. Other than the necessity for reinforcement of better environmental laws in the region, financial aid is also essential for tackling this environmental problem. Currently, there is such a funding establishment - the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Launched in 1991, with participants including 167 member governments, leading development institutions, the scientific community, and various private and non-governmental sectors, it was to serve the environmental interests of people globally. In conclusion, international cooperation is critical in the tackling of world environmental problems on the basis that worldwide collaboration in research, observation and consistent monitoring and encouragement of environment-friendly activities by local governments and private sectors is required for environment restoration. As the saying goes, "united we stand, divided we fall" - it is wholly dependent on the strength of coming together as one, to see the global forest beyond local trees. ...read more.

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