US: Using legislation to address human rights abuses and deforestation
Binding rules and strong enforcement are the only way to help consumers not buy products tainted by abuse and destruction.
Norway will be the first to exclude high deforestation risk biofuels
As it adopted the national budget for 2019, the Norwegian Parliament voted (Resolution 86) to exclude biofuels based on high deforestation risk feedstocks, such as palm oil, as of 1 January 2020 – the first country in the world to...
Momentum growing for EU regulation on cocoa and deforestation
Belgium has called for “an ambitious [EU] action plan against deforestation and forest degradation before the end of the current mandate of the European Commission”, as part of a new Belgian initiative on cocoa launched on 5...
Groundbreaking report sends strong message to the EU on the forest crisis
Now is the time for greater leadership from the Commission and EU Member States to end tropical deforestation and support governance reforms. The European Parliament’s new report
Humane chocolate: Companies and other stakeholders push for binding legislation
The European Union (EU) must put in place in a law to ensure its cocoa imports are free from child labour and deforestation, said participants at a hearing in the European Parliament on 11...
Fern welcomes European Parliament call for bold action on forests
Fern welcomes a new report from the European Parliament (EP) on “natural resource management, the case of forests”. Championed by the EP’s Vice President Heidi Hautala and members of its...
Action on deforestation: despite well-endorsed petitions, Juncker will not meet
The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has turned down a meeting to receive a petition, backed by more than 120,000 signatories, calling for greater European action to tackle the patterns of EU consumption...
New proposal for Common Agricultural Policy – a slap in the face for the environment
Environmental and animal welfare NGOs have slammed a new legislative proposal for the EU’s farm policy, published 1 June 2018. The proposal defines the direction of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) post 2020 and is the first...
Threatened for the audacity of defending their homes: In Siberia … and elsewhere
Fern’s new report Slow Death in Siberia reveals in stark detail how coal mining in the Kuzbass area of southern Siberia has destroyed villages and forests, while strangling the livelihoods and culture of the indigenous Shor...