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Financial And Other Incentives For Complying With Mea Obligations

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The term incentives is broad enough to cover a variety of different mechanisms employed by multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). While one could argue that everything which is not a "stick" is a "carrot" and, hence, an incentive to comply with obligations, this chapter proposes a distinction between incentives on the one hand and compliance assistance on the other hand. Compliance assistance consisting of transfers of financial resources in order to enable developing States Parties to comply with their obligations are a common feature of most modern international environmental agreements. Positive and negative financial incentives to comply with MEAs may be perceived as forming the main and maybe even the only category of incentives in international environmental agreements. Whether other incentives are a category of their own depends to a large extent upon a definition and categorization of different measures.

Keywords: financial incentives; legal obligation; multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs)



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