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The European Parliament votes to protect ambition of the Climate Law
In a plenary vote on 8 October 2020, the European Parliament (EP) protected the European Union’s climate ambition by approving Jytte Guteland’s report on the EU Climate Law. The report endorses a 60 per cent emission reductions...
How the EU Biodiversity Strategy can protect and restore forests and rights
Unsustainable forestry, agriculture and mining have a devastating effect on the global environment. Wildlife is in terminal decline and there is precious little nature left to provide the food, resources, and space that humans...
The UK’s plan to stop illegal deforestation is full of holes
Britons, on average, devour 700,000 tonnes of chocolate a year, or three bars a week per person. But how many of them are aware of the provenance of their chocolate, or its true cost?
Most chocolate sold in the UK is made from...
Tribune: Putting Indigenous Peoples at the heart of biodiversity conservation policies
The year 2020 promised to be a remarkable year for biodiversity protection. But the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of one truth: human health and the health of the planet are linked; destroying natural habitats exposes us to...
Raising the ambition on global aspects of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy
The Farm to Fork Strategy includes a section on the external dimension entitled “Promoting the Global Transition”. The attention for the external dimension is crucial not only because the challenges the Strategy is seeking to...
European Parliament confirms climate ambition, rejects delaying action with forests
The European Parliament approved Jytte Guteland’s report on the EU Climate law and endorsed a 60% emission reductions target, rejecting amendments combining emission reductions and carbon dioxide (CO2) removals into the same...
European Parliament Own Initiative report on the EU Forest Strategy – nature loses, industry wins again
On 7 October, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Agriculture Committee’s report on the Forest Strategy. It is a confusing result. MEPs have said they wish to stop the loss of the world’s last remaining natural forests,...
COVID-19 in the Central African Republic: civil society’s response to the pandemic
The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers the Central African health system to be among the most fragile in the world, making the country particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health protocols have been in...