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Fern’s proposed priorities for the Dutch Presidency: Addressing EU Drivers of Deforestation

With the Dutch Presidency of the European Union nearly upon us (January to June 2016), Fern has written to the Dutch government outlining the priorities for forests that need to be tackled.

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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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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, a new study commissioned by Fern takes stock of EU spending on forests and 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.

Taking stock: Tracking trends in European Aid for forests and communities

Forests and forest-dependent communities are under increasing pressure due to infrastructure projects and the demand for agricultural commodities. Although there is growing recognition of the importance of forests in mitigating climate change, this makes them vulnerable to a new threat: that they will be appropriated to capture potential payments to compensate for carbon emissions (REDD+ initiatives).

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Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation

Previous studies commissioned by the EU have shown that the EU has been leading the world in imports of ‘embodied deforestation’ in the form of agricultural and timber products. This study goes a step further, by showing that the EU is also one of the largest importers of products resulting from illegal deforestation.

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REPORT: EU a Global Leader in Consumption of Goods from Illegally Deforested Land Valued at EUR 6 Billion Annually

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

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.

EU consumption and illegal deforestation

Half of all tropical deforestation since 2000 has been caused by illegal clearance of forests for commercial agriculture. Fern’s new study, summarised here, suggests that the EU is one of the largest importers of products resulting from illegal deforestation. The report makes calculations in terms of forest lost as well as value of goods traded.

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