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Mercosur disarray exposes EU Trade policy weakness
Germany has at last acknowledged that the EU-Mercosur deal is toxic, joining a growing number of Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) that have expressed concerns – and also revealing the...
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EU and UK launch consultations on policies to reduce deforestation in supply chains
Following its Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests in 2019, the European Commission has finally opened a questionnaire-based consultation on policies needed to reduce deforestation and...
Beyond LULUCF: Legal cover for a shrinking EU forest sink
The Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation will measure − and allow − a drop in carbon storage without penalty. Without better laws, the future for forests looks bleak.
The rules for accounting forest carbon...
EU-Mercosur trade deal: What does it mean for Brazil?
Brazil's environmental policies affect some of the world’s most important forests and can have a devastating effect on the traditional communities that live in and off them. This has a knock-on effect on the climate, our planet,...
The COVID recovery plan for Europe: Why MEPs are our last chance to make it work for the climate
The €1.8 trillion pandemic recovery plan and long-term budget deal agreed by EU heads of government on 21 July 2020, after nearly five days of haggling, is widely seen as a political and economic landmark. But from an...
COVID-19: Is Ghana’s government losing the battle?
With lockdown eased, preventing the spread of disease is shifts to individual responsibility.
Liberia and COVID: Reliable information needed
NGOs struggle to raise awareness in communities, and then struggle to get the information they need to be effective.
What Climate Strategy for European Forests? Rethinking their contribution to climate neutrality
The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals. Many countries rely heavily on scenarios that...
Compelling new evidence shows the EU’s entanglement with illegal deforestation for soy and cattle farming in Brazil
Since taking office in January 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro has waged a relentless campaign against Brazil’s environmental laws and the rights of its Indigenous Peoples.
This assault helped paved the way for the fires that tore...
Letting trees age: an effective climate strategy
French forests are currently at a crossroads. Ever since the 2007 Grenelle Environment Forum, France, like many European countries, has allowed industrial wood energy projects to proliferate. Now the urgent need to deal with the...