With the Dutch Presidency of the European Union nearly upon us (January to June 2016), Fern has written to the Dutch government outlining the priorities for forests that need to be tackled.
New study finds EU donors spend millions of Euros halting deforestation while funding projects that drive it
20 March 2015. On the eve of UN International Day of Forests, this press release launches a new study commissioned by Fern to take stock of EU spending on forests. It finds striking incoherence at the heart of donor spending. Fern believes this could be fatally undermining the efficiency of aid to forests and calls for increased coherence and new priorities.
Forests and forest-dependent communities are under increasing pressure due to infrastructure projects and the demand for agricultural commodities. Although there is growing recognition of the importance of forests in mitigating climate change, this makes them vulnerable to a new threat: that they will be appropriated to capture potential payments to compensate for carbon emissions (REDD+ initiatives).
Previous studies commissioned by the EU have shown that the EU has been leading the world in imports of ‘embodied deforestation’ in the form of agricultural and timber products. This study goes a step further, by showing that the EU is also one of the largest importers of products resulting from illegal deforestation.
EU a Global Leader in Consumption of Goods from Illegally Deforested Land Valued at EUR 6 Billion Annually
Released at the same time as Fern's new report Stolen Goods, this press release reveals that almost a quarter of the world trade in agricultural goods produced on land illegally cleared of forest is destined for the EU; the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France and the UK dominate these imports.