Indigenous organisations tell European policy makers to respect their land rights, or new anti-deforestation legislation is likely to fail
The Regulation on deforestation-free products should be based on international law and standards rather than a patchwork of producer-country rules.
News, NGO Statements, Press Releases
EU: To End Deforestation, Protect Land Rights; New Law Should Protect Forest-Dependent Communities
The European Commission’s approach to tackle deforestation is likely to fail unless it also protects the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, who hold a large portion of the world’s forests and are key in protecting them.
Video: Managing forests for the FUTURE: the benefits of close-to-nature forestry
"It's common sense": Why close-to-nature forestry is better for the climate, the economy, food systems and more
News, NGO Statements
NGOs send an Open Letter to German Minister Habeck: "We must end EU incentives for woody biomass in energy production"
A coalition of 25+ NGOs wrote to Germany’s new Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck to end the EU incentives for woody biomass burning in energy production.
Ninjas take on Europe: "Bolsonaro is not a Brazilian problem, but a global one"
Brazilian social media platform 'Mídia Ninja' joined COP26 in Glasgow and have been on a tour of Europe ever since. So what did they find?
Due diligence in the UK is coming down to the devilish details
The public still have time to insist on bold UK action to protect and restore forests worldwide.
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.
FLEGT: Back from the brink
The EU was about to discard its best weapon in the fight against illegal logging. Then civil society groups around the world pushed back. Marie-Ange Kalenga looks at a crisis that was averted.
Keep calm and COP out: 26th UN Climate Conference offers promises instead of action
Many were alarmed by the last-minute wording change at COP26 on phasing coal 'down' rather than phasing it 'out'. But the discussions on forests also need careful scrutinising.
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...