Publications & Insight
Six problems with BECCS
The ongoing Fit For 55 discussions aim to increase Europe’s ambition in the fight against climate change, including the role of land in contributing to these efforts. As part of a larger debate on the role of negative emissions to...
Cocoa: why the European Union must act now to eliminate deforestation and child labour from the chocolate we love
European countries are the world’s largest importers of the cocoa beans whose production is devastating rainforests in West Africa and driving millions of children into child labour. To prevent this, chocolate companies and NGOs...
EU: Undermining development aid by backing landgrabbers?
Concerns have been raised in the European Parliament that the EU development aid budget is financing harmful private sector investments. During Parliamentary Questions in Brussels on 31 March 2015, MEP Roberta Metsola (of Malta)...
Paper – the forgotten forest commodity
As the world awakes to the threat posed by palm oil and soy to our forests, it’s in danger of overlooking how paper and packaging drives industrial logging, mis-shapes millions of hectares of forest landscapes and creates...
How Germany can break the link between EU meat consumption, deforestation and human suffering
Farming is the planet’s biggest driver of deforestation, and beef and soya production the prime culprits. The lion’s share of deforestation caused by these commodities is in Latin America, and Germany’s responsibility is considerable.
Increased clearcutting in Lithuania’s Natura 2000 sites demands a rapid response
A fight is heating up in Lithuania over government-authorised clearcutting in national and regional parks, many of which are also protected under the Natura 2000 network.
The conflict began more than a year ago: the Seimas,...
European Commission announces action on deforestation
Today, the European Commission published a roadmap announcing plans to “step up European Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. The document foresees a new Communication in the second quarter of 2019 to “develop a...
Katowice Forest Declaration: It’s in the way that you use it
The Ministerial Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate, issued by the Polish presidency to the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24), contains many...
Bioenergy: the Achilles Heel of the EU 2050 decarbonisation vision
Timed to come out just before the climate conference in Katowice, Poland, the EU released its much-anticipated vision for decarbonising the EU by 2050, with an aim to be climate neutral by 2050. This move was widely supported, but...
Congo Basin meeting in Brussels: time for stronger action
A more ambitious plan is needed to protect forests and meet people’s aspirations in the second-largest rainforest in the world. Governments, civil society and the private sector convened in Brussels, 27 - 28 November 2018, for the...