Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner
Nicole has 17 years experience in development and environmental cooperation, notably with the United Nations Development and Environmental Programmes, the European Commission and Parliament, research institutes and think tanks. Her present focus is on reducing EU consumption of products that harm forests globally.
What Europe can do if Bolsonaro attacks the Amazon
The views of the man on the brink of leading the planet’s fourth largest democracy have attracted global notoriety since his shock victory in Brazil’s first-round presidential election earlier this month.
Jair Bolsonaro would...
As the Amazon burns and global deforestation accelerates, only unified international action can save the world’s forests
Tropical forests are likely to grab headlines today when Jair Bolsonaro addresses the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York.
In early September, just before a hernia operation, Brazil’s President told reporters, “I will...
Support solidifies for an EU Due Diligence Regulation
Now comes the task of separating the wheat (value chain and market access measures) from the chaff (labels).
New Commission Communication opens door to regulation of the products that destroy our forests
Council and Parliament urged to get involved to fix oversights and reinforce ambition in new forest Communication.
As Amazon deforestation rises, Europe resolves to act
Brazil has entered uncertain times.
Two health ministers and the Justice Minister have resigned within the last month, throwing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government into disarray, as opposition to his reckless response to...
EU must back Indigenous People against Bolsonaro’s attacks
The grim prophecies foreshadowing Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency have been fulfilled with dizzying speed in his first 100 days in office. The EU and its consumers must end their complicity in the unfolding disaster.
How the European Union should step up action against deforestation - Fern's submission to the EU Consultation on deforestation
In December 2018, the European Commission announced plans to “step up European Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. A new Commission Communication is foreseen in the second quarter of 2019 to “develop a more...
A critical moment in the fight against deforestation
Shopping without helping destroy the planet can be bewildering. Now EU citizens have the chance to end the confusion, and protect forests around the world,
How Germany can break the link between EU meat consumption, deforestation and human suffering
Farming is the planet’s biggest driver of deforestation, and beef and soya production the prime culprits. The lion’s share of deforestation caused by these commodities is in Latin America, and Germany’s responsibility is considerable.
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...
How local rights can halt global wrongs: the legal path to sustainable farming in Brazil
Agricultural expansion is devastating the world’s forests.
In Brazil the levelling of forests to grow soy to feed an insatiable export market has also led to human rights violations, including forced evictions, land grabs and...
Blog: How can EU policies halt deforestation?
In the five years between 2010 and 2015, EU consumption raized an area of forests the size of Portugal. In 2012 alone, the EU imported EUR 6 billion of soy, palm, leather, and beef produced on forests illegally converted to...
Palm oil plantations in Cameroon ‘took away families’ crop land and burial lands’, hear participants at event in EU Parliament
Testimonies on the devastating impact of palm oil production in Colombia, Cameroon and Liberia were the subject of a high level event in Brussels today attended by several MEPs and policymakers. It comes just ahead of a crucial...