Publications & Insight
Trade agreements and transparency: under construction – VPA update, December 2018
Illegal logging and the illicit timber trade thrive when legal frameworks, rights and benefits are unclear and complex to enforce. Transparency is therefore at the heart of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) and over the last...
Hardening international soft law frameworks into EU measures to address forest-risk commodities
This report provides European policymakers with recommendations for supply-side and demand-side policy measures in order to fulfill the EU’s pledge to tackle global deforestation and forest degradation.
The new EU multi-annual financial framework: What’s in it for tropical forests and local livelihoods?
Community based forestry can help countries and local communities to manage forests sustainably and equitably in tropical countries. But will the new EU multi-annual financial framework be fit...
Commission recognises the importance of forests in 2050 low carbon strategy
Brussels, 28th November 2018 - The European Commission today underlined the crucial, positive role forests and land should play in fighting climate change, as it called for the European Union (EU) to reach net zero emissions by...
The EU’s trade challenge
The international trading system is facing a crisis – but protectionism isn’t the biggest test EU leaders must deal with.
Why the EU must follow France’s lead in the battle to protect forests
As the clocks strike midnight on 31 December 2018, those fighting to protect the Amazon Rainforests may not be cheering too loudly. The next day, Jair Bolsonaro will take office as Brazil’s new president. Amazonian deforestation...
Vietnam VPA provides framework to improve forest governance
After eight years of negotiation, on 19 October 2018, Vietnam and the EU signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to promote trade in legal timber and improve forest governance. This trade deal has the potential to offer...
A sustainable bioeconomy for Europe?
In October 2018, six years after it was first released, the EU published its updated bioeconomy strategy. The strategy targets “all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources”, and aims to encourage healthy ecosystems,...
Governments acknowledge urgency of halting deforestation
The EU must act by year’s end to address deforestation caused by Europeans’ consumption of products like palm oil, soy, and cocoa. This was the point underscored by the governments of Germany, France, the UK, Denmark, the...
Brazzaville Forest Governance Forum states: Time to listen to local communities
In order to halt deforestation and protect the climate, communities must have a say in how forests are managed; and activities involving forests must not threaten the livelihoods of those who depend on those vital resources....