On 29 June 2023,  the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) entered into force.

It focusses on seven high-risk commodities, wood, soy, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, beef and rubber and the products derived from it like chocolate, leather and paper and will prohibit companies from putting products on the EU market unless they are deforestation-free, degradation-free and legally produced.  Non-compliance would lead to significant penalties.

It represents an historic first in the fight against forest destruction. As the EU is the second biggest global importer of products that cause deforestation, the EUDR has the potential to drastically reduce forest loss and carbon emissions caused by the EU. However, the Regulation’s success now depends on effective implementation and enforcement.

How can the EU make the Deforestation Regulation work effectively? What are the next steps? 

For the EU to actually reduce deforestation and human rights abuses it will need to also incentivise producer countries to tackle the root causes of deforestation, such as poor forest governance and unclear land tenure.

Success will depend on supporting measures and effective implementation and enforcement, in consultation and partnership with the producer countries and local communities who depend the most on these forests for their survival and livelihoods.

This work should be guided by the EUDR’s proposed Strategic Framework for Partnerships, which is set to include mechanisms and roadmaps to facilitate producer countries’ transition to sustainable agricultural production. Negotiation and implementation of these partnerships must include Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and smallholders (to ensure they don’t lose out to larger companies).

In addition, EU Member States must give Competent Authorities sufficient resources to check companies’ compliance.

The EU is assessing whether to extend the scope of the Regulation to other landscapes and Other Wooded Land and will then consider increasing the included commodities and products.

To be truly effective the EU will also need to work closely with major consumer countries like the United States, China and India.

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Together with +150 other NGOs, we explain what EU Member States need to do now to implement the Regulation.

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FERN’S WORK ON THIS ISSUE

What do Fern and our partners want?

We want EU regulations that reduce human rights violations and deforestation, improve forest governance, and have a positive impact for smallholders.

    What are we doing?

    We influence - and where necessary trigger - EU policies such as the EUDR and linked initiatives, creating space for local civil society actors including Indigenous Peoples, local communities, ethnic minorities and smallholders, to be heard.

    Nicole Polsterer

    Nicole Polsterer

    Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner

    Indra Van Gisbergen

    Indra Van Gisbergen

    Forest Governance Campaigner

    Julia Christian

    Julia Christian

    Forests and Agriculture Campaigner

    Alexandra Benjamin

    Alexandra Benjamin

    Forest Governance Campaigner

    Perrine Fournier

    Perrine Fournier

    Trade and Forest Campaigner

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