EU Commission reprimanded for failure to consider environmental, social impacts of South American trade deal
Environmental and human rights organisations have welcomed today’s European Ombudsman finding of maladministration by the Commission. It found that the Commission failed to complete a timely assessment of the social and...
Forest restoration: why offsetting could derail the path to recovery and well-being
This Sunday, 21 March, is the United Nations International Day of Forests (IDF), intended to celebrate and raise global awareness of the importance of forests. The theme is "Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being",...
Five ways the EU can ensure forests support EU climate and biodiversity goals
To tackle the climate crisis, EU land and forests need to absorb more carbon dioxide, but the opposite is happening. EU forest health and biodiversity is declining, even in EU forests protected by legislation. Half of all the wood...
Stop EU-Mercosur Coalition Statement
We, the undersigned organisations, call on political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to stop the EU-Mercosur trade agreement.
The EU-Mercosur agreement belongs to an out-dated 20th Century model of trade that has failed the...
Forest Watch 263 - March 2021
The latest news in Mercosur, due diligence, carbon dioxide removals and the EU Trade Policy Review
Carbon dioxide removal: trade-offs, governance gaps and irretrievable risk
As uncertainty surrounds what is meant by carbon dioxide removal, separate targets for actual emissions reductions and carbon removals are crucial to achieve the 2050 climate target.
EU Trade Policy Review lacks the teeth to make trade sustainable
The first trade and sustainable development dispute panel decision exposes the limits of sustainable development chapters in trade agreements.
Corporate due diligence: We are all concerned
A French civil court reminds us that the EU must prioritise a broad, enforceable approach to due diligence because society as a whole is affected.
EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: No ‘additional declaration’ can fix it
European institutions must stop trying to fix the trade deal by increments, while Brazil’s government takes a scorched-earth approach to human rights and environmental protections.