Publications & Insight
Measuring the impact of the EU-Mercosur Trade deal on land use, forests, and the people who depend on them.
Ultimately, the impacts of trade agreements reverberate in local communities, in the individual lives of women, men and children, and in the destruction of the unique areas of forest and habitats which surround them.
An activist’s guide to the EU
How does the EU impact the world and how can civil society influence EU policies?
The EU has a huge influence over the fate of the world’s forests.
Its trade deals, aid strategies, energy and climate policies, and imports of...
News, Forest Watch
Can the EU-Mercosur agreement be used to stop Bolsonaro’s attack on forests and Indigenous Peoples?
Significant developments with the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement in recent weeks will reveal whether the possibility of the deal being placed in the deep-freeze is enough to unlock a change of course in Brazil.
News, Forest Watch
Mercosur disarray exposes EU Trade policy weakness
Germany has at last acknowledged that the EU-Mercosur deal is toxic, joining a growing number of Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) that have expressed concerns – and also revealing the...
EU-Mercosur trade deal: What does it mean for Brazil?
Brazil's environmental policies affect some of the world’s most important forests and can have a devastating effect on the traditional communities that live in and off them. This has a knock-on effect on the climate, our planet,...
Defensor del Pueblo Europeo: La Comisión Europea debe responder por haber ignorado los efectos del acuerdo comercial con América del Sur en los planos ambiental y social
El Defensor del Pueblo Europeo ha abierto una investigación sobre el acuerdo comercial de la Comisión Europea con el grupo de países sudamericanos del Mercado Común del Sur (Mercosur).
Esta da continuidad a una queja presentada...
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…
Denuncia a la Unión Europea por hacer caso omiso de los efectos del acuerdo comercial con América del Sur en el plano ambiental y social
Según una reciente denuncia, la Comisión Europea ha ignorado su obligación legal de garantizar que el acuerdo comercial con el grupo de países sudamericanos del Mercado Común del Sur (Mercosur) no dé lugar a una degradación...
EU-Mercosur deal increasingly under fire
As Europe seeks to lessen its responsibility for environmental and social harm, the Dutch Parliament adds another obstacle to the controversial EU-Mercosur trade deal.
The EU-Mercosur trade agreement: What is it, and what could it mean for forests and human rights?
In June 2019 the European Union (EU) and Mercosur (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay) announced that they had reached an ‘in principle’ agreement on the content of a bilateral trade agreement which they had been negotiating,...