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Fern’s aim is to achieve an EU trade policy which protects forests, respects forest peoples’ rights and supports EU and partner countries’ climate objectives.













Fern’s analysis: The EU’s often offensive trade and investment agenda can contribute to forest loss in partner countries. Increasing demand for forest risk commodities, combined with low import tariffs and inadequate environmental and social safeguards, can drive deforestation and undermine community rights. The EU is currently negotiating Free Trade Agreements with a number of forested countries with high levels of biodiversity: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. To ensure EU trade and investment policies respect human rights and help meet forest protection goals, they need to include sufficient safeguards and be negotiated in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.

What Fern is doing: Fern is working with NGOs, policy makers and scientists to achieve an EU trade policy that protects forests, respects forest peoples’ rights and supports global climate objectives.

To learn more about this campaign read our blog article “Trading in incoherence?”, and our reports Duty Free? Making EU tariffs Work for People and Forests and WTO Compatibility with EU Action on Deforestation


Most recent publications

The EU - India FTA

A new FERN funded report by Kavaljit Singh on the EU-India Free Trade Agreement with a strong focus on the banking sector. The report asks the question who benefits from FTAs and shows that opening up India for European banks can have negative impacts for India
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