Importance Of Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Among the global environmental problems that MEAS are intended to address are: biodiversity loss, negative effects of climate change, ozone depletion, hazardous waste, organic pollutants, marine pollution, trade in endangered species, destruction of wetlands, etc. MEAS are agreements between States that may take the form of “soft-law” that do not define legally binding principles that the parties must take into account; when they take measures to address a particular environmental problem or “hard-law”, which set legally binding measures to achieve an environmental objective. In 2002, the EAC Heads of State Summit decided that the EAC should negotiate regional and multilateral issues as a whole.