Publications & Insight
Environmental and social conditions of ‘RebuildUkraine’
As the Ukraine Recovery Conference begins in Lugano (Switzerland), 25 NGOs from Ukraine and across Europe have sent a letter to the European Commission urging them to ensure that there are strong social and environmental conditions attached to the RebuildUkraine effort, and in particular the Ukraine Solidarity Trust Fund.
EU Member State positions could have a profoundly negative impact on forests
Overnight, EU energy and environment ministers agreed on their positions on two files that are crucial for the fate of EU forests: the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry...
EU Ministers acknowledge importance of upholding international human rights standards to end deforestation, but more action is needed
European Union Environment Ministers today adopted their opinion on the deforestation-free regulation proposed by the Commission in November 2021.
Poll: Europeans don't buy industry scaremongering on food prices, and are more likely to vote for MEPs that support a stronger deforestation-free law
Despite food and agriculture industries’ misinformation campaign to delay anti-deforestation legislation, the European public doesn’t buy their excuses. Seven out of 10 people surveyed in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain...
Ghana’s VPA progress holds vital lessons for EU Deforestation Regulation
The EU’s Proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products is potentially a crucial tool for fighting deforestation in Ghana and could complement the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) the EU has signed with many...
The EU Regulation: A Liberian CSO perspective
On March 11 this year, Liberian civil society organisations working on land and forest governance took part in a one day forum organised by Sustainable Development Institutre (SDI) Liberia and Foundation for Community Initiatives...
EU Deforestation Regulation must not ignore vital VPA lessons
Fern’s Congo Basin partners support the aims of the Regulation on deforestation-free products, but have serious reservations about its approach.
EU Deforestation Regulation must follow international land and tenure rights standards
The European Union (EU) is the second biggest market for Brazilian soy, and a major importer of Brazilian beef and leather. These goods fuel deforestation – much of illegal – in Brazil. For example, cattle ranching in the...
Commission’s trade sanctions proposal falls short
Today, the European Commission released a proposal for improving the implementation and enforcement of environmental and labour provisions in the European Union’s (EU) Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). For the first time, the...