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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.

ForestWatch 203 - Tackling EU Drivers of Deforestation

  • 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

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 or

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

Research released this month by Brussels-based NGO Fern revealed that during 2000-12, an average of one football pitch of forest was illegally cleared every two minutes to supply the EU with agricultural commodities such as beef, leather, palm oil and soy.

The Power of Public Purchasing making EU public procurement policy work for people and forests

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.

Less and Better: Making EU Consumption Policies Work for People and Forests

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.

Less and Better.pdf5.99 MB

Duty Free? Making EU tariffs Work for People and Forests

This report asks whether the EU can set lower tariffs for products identified as sustainably produced. It raises issues surrounding practical implications of doing so, such as World Trade Organisation applicability and political acceptability, as well as how the design of such measures should be approached.

Duty Free.pdf2.27 MB

Fighting Fossil Fuels First Making EU climate policy work for people and forests

This study refocuses attention on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions domestically, without offloading responsibilities onto other countries through offsets.

Fighting Fossil Fuel.pdf2.64 MB