A Deforestation and Rights Observatory
A case study from Brazil
How the European Union can best integrate deforestation and rights violations data in its regulatory proposals
What can the EU Forest and Rights Observatory learn from Brazil?
An EU Forest Observatory could play an important role in monitoring deforestation, human rights violations, and land use in supply chains of products and commodities such as soybeans and beef.
This summary report looks at what can be learnt from Brazil’s efforts and concludes with recommendations for the EU, including how to enforce the future Regulation on deforestation-free products.
News, Briefing notes
Fern’s response to the proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products
After decades of trusting companies to tackle the problem voluntarily, on 17 November 2021, the European Commission released their proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products. This is a watershed moment in the battle to end Europe’s major role in destroying the world’s forests.
Including smallholders in EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests
In Mid-December 2021 the European Commission is due to release a regulatory proposal to minimise the European Union’s (EU) deforestation and forest degradation footprint. In advance of this draft proposal, six NGOs have come...
Putting the Environment in Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence
Ensuring corporate accountability for environmental impacts
in the upcoming EU directive on sustainable corporate governance
NGO recommendations on the future EU Regulation to address the forest, ecosystem, and human rights impacts associated with products placed on the EU market
The European Commission has committed to publish, in June 2021, a legislative proposal to minimise the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the European Union (EU) market. This briefing...
Getting the incentives right
Why partnership agreements should be at the heart of EU efforts to end deforestation
Converting forest land for agricultural crops is the main cause of tropical deforestation. The EU is a major importer of forest risk...
Enforcing due diligence legislation ‘plus’
Our latest policy analysis on how to end EU imports of Forest Risk Commodities looks at the type of regulation the Commission should adopt to halt and reverse global deforestation and how it could be enforced.
The report draws...
Key elements for an agreement between the EU and cocoa-producing countries, to ensure sustainability in the cocoa sector
The European Commission is exploring bilateral agreements with the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to ensure sustainability in the cocoa sector, and in particular to tackle deforestation, farmer poverty and child labour.
Direct threat to Indigenous territories of Mato Grosso and Brazil
Cuiabá, June, 22nd 2020
Civil society organisations are concerned about Brazilian State Bill 17/2020, proposed by the governor of Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes. Contradicting the federal legislation, this Bill authorises the...