Why the EU Deforestation Regulation won’t sugar coat the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement
In June 2019, after more than 20 years of tortuous negotiations, a bilateral trade agreement was agreed between the European Union (EU) and the Mercosur bloc of nations - Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay (European Union...
What is the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products and why should you care?
The European Union (EU) Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) - to be adopted spring 2023 - prohibits companies from putting products on the EU market unless they are deforestation-free and legally produced. It will...
An EU strategic framework for working with countries to achieve deforestation-free production
Why it is needed, and what it could look like.
A gendered perspective of the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
The EU Regulation on deforestation-free products aims to curb deforestation and forest degradation driven by imports of forest and ecosystem-risk commodities. It is expected to be adopted in 2023.
This new report analyses drafts...
Palm oil production, consumption and trade patterns: The outlook from an EU perspective
Palm oil is used in nearly everything, from pizza, doughnuts and chocolate, to deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lipstick. It is also used in animal feed and as a biofuel, especially in Indonesia and the European Union (EU).
News, Briefing Notes
Fern’s analysis of the European Parliament's rapporteur's draft position on the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products
On 24 March 2022, the EP rapporteur Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Christophe Hansen of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) released his draft report on the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products. This short document is a follow up of Fern’s rapid assessment of the Commission’s proposal.
News, NGO Statements
Rights-based NGOs urge the EU to ensure a smallholder-inclusive Regulation on deforestation-free products
Fern and four other NGOs have joined together to call on the European Parliament and Council to consider key recommendations for a just transition for smallholders, as part of the proposed EU Regulation on deforestation-free products.
News, NGO Statements
Civil Society calls on the EU and its Member States to strengthen the Proposed Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products
NGOs make 16 recommendations to the European Parliament and European Union (EU) Member States to preserve and improve the essential elements of the Commission’s proposal for a strong and ambitious EU anti-deforestation law.
A Deforestation and Rights Observatory
A case study from Brazil
How the European Union can best integrate deforestation and rights violations data in its regulatory proposals
What can the EU Forest and Rights Observatory learn from Brazil?
An EU Forest Observatory could play an important role in monitoring deforestation, human rights violations, and land use in supply chains of products and commodities such as soybeans and beef.
This summary report looks at what can be learnt from Brazil’s efforts and concludes with recommendations for the EU, including how to enforce the future Regulation on deforestation-free products.