The EU’s appetite for commodities grown on deforested land is having a devastating effect on forests, communities, biodiversity and the climate. An area of forest the size of Portugal was lost globally between 2010 and 2015 to produce oil, meat, leather and feed for the European market.
The EU drive for increased economic growth makes it difficult to gain traction for policies to reduce consumption. None-the-less, the EU cannot halt its role in deforestation without tackling consumption of forest-risk products.
Fern aims to end EU imports of illegally produced commodities and encourage the EU to adopt more ecological farming practices. Fern works with NGO coalitions, farmers, scientists and EU policy makers to see how legislative tools such as the Common Agricultural Policy can reduce imports, and to call for new areas of EU action to help protect forests.
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Norway will be the first to exclude high deforestation risk biofuels
As it adopted the national budget for 2019, the Norwegian Parliament voted (Resolution 86) to exclude biofuels based on high deforestation risk feedstocks, such as palm oil, as of 1 January 2020 – the first country in the world to...
Momentum growing for EU regulation on cocoa and deforestation
Belgium has called for “an ambitious [EU] action plan against deforestation and forest degradation before the end of the current mandate of the European Commission”, as part of a new Belgian initiative on cocoa launched on 5...
European Commission announces action on deforestation
Today, the European Commission published a roadmap announcing plans to “step up European Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. The document foresees a new Communication in the second quarter of 2019 to “develop a...