EU Member State positions could have a profoundly negative impact on forests
Overnight, EU energy and environment ministers agreed on their positions on two files that are crucial for the fate of EU forests: the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry...
EU Ministers acknowledge importance of upholding international human rights standards to end deforestation, but more action is needed
European Union Environment Ministers today adopted their opinion on the deforestation-free regulation proposed by the Commission in November 2021.
Poll: Europeans don't buy industry scaremongering on food prices, and are more likely to vote for MEPs that support a stronger deforestation-free law
Despite food and agriculture industries’ misinformation campaign to delay anti-deforestation legislation, the European public doesn’t buy their excuses. Seven out of 10 people surveyed in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain...
Commission’s trade sanctions proposal falls short
Today, the European Commission released a proposal for improving the implementation and enforcement of environmental and labour provisions in the European Union’s (EU) Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). For the first time, the...
Nature Restoration Law offers hope for EU’s stricken forests
The European Commission's proposal for a new Nature Restoration Law sets ground-breaking, legally binding targets to end the spiral of destruction afflicting the EU's ecosystems, including its forests. For the first time, the...
LULUCF: A Clear Steer for Increased Ambition, but far from original hopes
In its latest vote on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, the European Parliament endorsed a higher target for the amount of carbon dioxide that should be removed from EU land. The vote also acknowledged the importance of...
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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.
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...
Forest Strategy gives EU mandate to start healing Europe’s forests
Despite fierce lobbying from some Member States, the European Council today gave a green light for efforts to start protecting Europe’s forests. The Council adopted Conclusions on the EU Forest Strategy which gives the EU Commission the mandate to move ahead on the Strategy’s positive measures, notably a new regulation on Forest Observation, Reporting and Data Collection, which would allow for a better understanding of forest management and climate change impacts in managed forests.
Forest Strategy: encouraging but too timid to face up to the challenge
Recognising the importance of forests in the fight against climate change, the European Commission released its new Forest Strategy as part of the Fit for 55 package. It provides the first holistic European vision for how to...