The Council presses the Commission for a decarbonisation strategy – and they say yes!
EU Member States have directed the European Commission to urgently come up with a long-term strategy for how the EU will implement the Paris Agreement. The call came as part of conclusions...
Everyone agrees: It’s time to talk about meat!
Everything points to it: meat-heavy diets are grinding up global land resources and threatening both human health (such as by increasing cancer rates) and global biodiversity, directly and indirectly.
Mighty Earth and Fern...
Ensuring sustainability is too broad a task for forest certification alone
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the most credible forest certification scheme that exists. Its deliberative process, by which social, environmental and economic actors define what sustainability means in a specific...
News in brief - April 2018
Healing the world’s ecosystems and restoring degraded lands makes economic sense, according to a recent report by the UN. Currently 75 per cent of world ecosystems have become degraded,...
Community forests in the Congo Basin: What is the EUs role?
When done right, community forestry can help communities and global climate and Sustainable Development Goals objectives. This film explains the role the EU should play.
The EU must act on new evidence of soy’s destructive role in the tropics
Spurred on by a wave of food scandals - as well as rising consumer anxieties over the environment and animal welfare - major retailers across Europe are sourcing more of their meat from local, sustainable sources. It should be a...
Stop the harrassment and intimidation of indigenous peoples leaders and human rights defenders
The human rights situation in the Philippines is deteriorating. The government has been charged with executing 12,000 people labeled drug criminals, without a trial or even an arrest warrant and the Philippines already leads Asia...
Future Energy Union: Leaning towards limiting the role of biomass?
In February 2015, the European Commission presented its Communication on the Energy Union Package. While these plans are still to be discussed by EU heads of state at the European Council meeting, 19 - 20 March, the text already...
European Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act
A study published on March 16 by the European Commission offers a long-awaited blueprint for ending the European Union’s central role in agricultural deforestation – clearing forests for soy, palm oil, cocoa and other agricultural...
Nepal shows how forest restoration can help people, biodiversity and the climate
A revolution is unfolding in the foothills of the Himalayas: trees are coming back to areas run by communities.
Over the past quarter century, the foothills of the Himalayas have seen a radical transformation. A pattern of...