Protecting Forests, Respecting Rights: Options for EU Action on deforestation and forest degradation
This report examines the EU’s “Deforestation Footprint” – its role in global deforestation. It looks at important action the EU has taken, through the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan to improve how forests are owned and managed in timber-exporting countries and to prevent imports of illegal tropical timber entering EU borders.
- Fern Celebrates 20 years of campaigning to respect rights and protect forests
- European Parliament conference calls for EU Action on Deforestation and Forest Degradation
- New Fern research provides recommendations for EU action on deforestation
- Burning Matter
- Consuming less, Consuming better
- Starving damaging projects of funds
This report examines how procurement policies have been applied in timber procurement and to agricultural products in public catering and food. It finds that many EU governments require publicly procured timber and timber products to be legal, as evidenced by certain certification schemes, but miss the opportunity to encourage a market for FLEGT-licensed products.
This report explores possible solutions to the EU's huge foodprint, including the opportunity to link health and environmental benefits in encouraging deforestation-free consumption. The study identifies action points, such as tackling food waste and requiring product labelling and transparent information that would allow consumers to assess the embodied deforestation of a product and choose accordingly.