Commission’s proposed new Regulation means deforestation-free products may soon be on the cards
Some provisions in the Commission’s proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products must be strengthened, but its arrival is cause for celebration.
Landmark EU anti-deforestation law proposal could clean up supply chains; could it also reduce global deforestation?
The European Commission’s proposed EU law to restrict products linked to deforestation from entering the EU is a watershed moment in the battle to end Europe’s major role in destroying the world’s forests. After decades of...
News, NGO Statements
NGO recommendations on deforestation regulation
A group of 55+ NGOs wrote to Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginius Sinkevičius regarding the forthcoming proposal for EU legislation to regulate the placing on the EU market of commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation.
EU deforestation regulation risks being weak on enforcement and scope of commodities
A toothless regulation would tick a box but achieve little.
News, NGO Statements
NGOs are alarmed that EU anti-deforestation law could let soy-driven forest destruction off the hook
In a letter, a coalition of NGOs urged the EU Commission to ensure that all soy imports, including soybean cake and soy-protein concentrate (SPC), and those produced through the conversion of savannahs, are included in the scope...
History in the making?
The United States and the European Union are on the verge of passing historic anti-deforestation laws. But for all their strengths, both still have major flaws, write Nicole Polsterer and Etelle Higonnet.
Due diligence… but not just yet
With the delay of two legislative proposals on deforestation and sustainable corporate governance, accountability has been pushed back.
NGOs are concerned that EU anti-deforestation regulation would largely fail to address deforestation in Brazil
A group of NGOs shared their concerns about the upcoming EU legislation on forest and other ecosystem-risk commodities. If the regulation leaves out key high-risk cattle products, such as processed beef and hides, and excludes the...
Cameroon’s forests can be saved – but only with the support of local communities and environmental activists
Lush, tropical forests cover approximately 40 per cent of Cameroon, yet since 1990, more than three million hectares have been cleared – an area approximately the size of Belgium. The destruction is driven by agriculture, logging...