Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, has promised to deliver a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office. For such a deal to truly tackle the challenges of climate change, it will need to ensure healthy growing forests inside and outside of Europe that are good for people, our climate and nature.
The Green New Deal must therefore:
- Address the environmental and human rights impacts linked to imports of agricultural products like soy, beef, palm oil and cocoa.
- Ensure all planned and future trade deals aim to eradicate deforestation.
- Restore Europe’s forests
- End EU imports of illegal timber from third countries