ASEAN and EU create group to explore palm oil sustainability issues
Issues surrounding palm oil are increasingly causing division between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); therefore, at their 22nd ministerial meeting in Brussels, 21 January 2019, they agreed to...
Deep in Denial
When the head of the WTO says trade does not impact the environment we should all be worried.
A solid starting point for sustainability and an EU-Indonesia FTA
The draft interim report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Indonesia Free Trade negotiations (FW 237) places a strong emphasis on the lessons to be learned from the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and...
How to stop trade agreements from damaging forests and peoples' rights
The EU has made strong commitments to mitigate climate change, stop deforestation and respect human rights, including community rights to land. But they are at risk being undermined by trade agreements the EU is currently...
Will Indonesia’s Sustainability Impact Assessment inform trade negotiations?
On 5 June 2018, the European Commission organised a civil society dialogue to discuss the upcoming Sustainability Impact Assessments (SIAs) that are intended to inform EU trade negotiations with Indonesia, Malaysia and the...
Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?
As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.
Palm oil has had a lot of bad press. Shocked by numerous land...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...
A new beginning in the fight against illegal timber
The first batch of timber considered legal under Europe’s most innovative ever anti-illegal logging policy arrived in the UK this month.
The timber’s seven week voyage across around 20,000 kilometres of ocean - from the heat and...
Indonesia on course to issue world’s first FLEGT licences
Indonesia appears set to issue the world’s first FLEGT licences, although important challenges remain.
On 21 April, the country’s President, Joko Widodo, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council...
Indonesian activists urge EU to respect rights in palm oil trade
Two Indonesian community leaders have given alarming testimonies to Members of the European Parliament and European Commission officials about the devastating social impacts and environmental destruction caused as a result of palm...