What’s the problem?
The EU has signed several Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with forested countries in recent years and is negotiating more. These deals critically undermine the EU’s commitment to fight climate change, end deforestation and respect human rights. They intensify pressure on natural resources: exacerbating illegal logging, and deforestation and land grabs driven by agricultural expansion. Particularly shocking examples include the deals that the EU is negotiating with Indonesia and with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay).