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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Five EU forest trends to watch out for in 2020
In 2019, forests and forest peoples’ rights rose up the global political – and spiritual - agenda, and the EU made high profile commitments to protect forests abroad and at home as part of their European Green Deal. But will 2020 see such commitments turned into action? Here are five questions we hope to give positive answers to at the end of the year.
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...
Belgium joins countries calling on the European Commission to act on deforestation
Belgium today presented an Initiative calling on the European Commission to “develop an ambitious action plan against deforestation and forest degradation before the end of the current mandate of the European Commission (mid...
Pressure mounts on EU to act as France calls for action on deforestation
Brussels – The French government has just published a new national strategy to combat the deforestation caused by its imports of soy, palm oil, beef, cocoa and wood. They have set themselves the target of ending so-called...