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Recommendations for an EU Action Plan to Protect Forests and Respect Rights

Keeping forests standing and restoring ecosystems is essential if the world is to meet biodiversity objectives and the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

The EU will be an important player and has already made commitments to halt deforestation by 2020, and look into developing an EU Action Plan on Deforestation. To meet these commitments the EU must support activities to improve forest governance, clarify land use, and recognise and strengthen community tenure rights over forest land.

This briefing note reveals the EU action needed to protect forests and meet Sustainable Development Goal 15.2.

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