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EU Drivers: Press Releases

Major companies want more government support to end deforestation

Governments should do more to help companies whose products drive tropical deforestation, a new survey of some of the world’s biggest producers and buyers of palm oil, timber, cocoa and rubber has found.

This press release launches Fern's research: Company promises: How businesses are meeting commitments to end deforestation, the findings of which should be central The EU is currently considering an EU Action Plan against deforestation and forest degradation. These findings should be central to creating legislation that enables companies to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains while respecting community land tenure rights.

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New site shines a spotlight on pandemic of deforestation driven by illegal agriculture

A new website has been launched to monitor the devastating impact of illegal large-scale commercial agriculture as a driver of global deforestation.

Illegal Deforestation Monitor (IDM, online at www.bad-ag.info) will combine aggregated news on illegal deforesatation with in-depth analysis of cases, from the Amazon to Southeast Asia.

The site has been created by Earthsight, with support from Fern.

Read the press release (attached) or visit the site to explore more.

Blueprint for change: How the EU can stop the illegal destruction of tropical forests

This press release launches Fern's new campaign to deal with the EU drivers of deforestation. It outlines the scale of the problem and the comprehensive steps the EU can take to tackle it. Find out more by visiting www.fern.org/storyofconsumption or www.fern.org/EUdrivers

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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.

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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.

Also available in Dutch, German and Italian.

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Blog: How can EU policies halt deforestation?

By Nicole Polsterer

In the five years between 2010 and 2015, EU consumption raized an area of forests the size of Portugal. In 2012 alone, the EU imported EUR 6 billion of soy, palm, leather, and beef produced on forests illegally converted to agricultural land. So how can EU policies ensure that we, as EU citizens and consumers, are not complicit in human rights abuses and deforestation, just by eating beef, using shampoo or filling up our cars with biofuels?

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.

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Tackling deforestation and forest degradation: a case for EU action in 2017

This statement outlines eight NGOs' vision for an Action Plan to Protect Forests and Protect Rights. It proposes new measures that build on and strengthen governmental and corporate commitments for zero deforestation and respect for community rights.

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Drawing out links between the Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and deforestation in South America

The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fuelling tropical deforestation, according to a new report published by Fern at an event in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was hosted by MEP Maria Noichl (pictured, above), and chaired by Monika Hoegen.

Agriculture and deforestation SUMMARY REPORT

The EU Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and forest destruction

Proposals for reform - SUMMARY

The biggest cause of forest loss – accounting for around 70 per cent – is agricultural deforestation, notably for beef, soy, palm oil and commercial timber. Soy ranks as the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation after cattle products.

This 20 page summary report outlines the key findings and recommendations that emerged from a detailed study of the linkages between the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the expansion of soybean cultivation, which has been the largest source of agricultural deforestation over which the EU has a direct influence.

Agricultural commodity consumption in the EU - Soy

An area of forest the size of Portugal was lost globally between 2010 and 2015 because of EU consumption of commodities grown on deforested land, much of it illegal. Such destruction often violates the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples, causes massive biodiversity loss, and contributes to climate change. Fern is calling for an EU Action Plan to ensure imports of forest-risk commodities are legally sourced and ecologically viable.

This is the second in a series of background notes on agricultural commodities.

It will be of particular interest to journalists and those looking for an introduction to the topic.

To read a report on the EU Common Agricultural Policy, soy and deforestation click here

 

 

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