Publications & Insight
What are the causes of deforestation?
Eighty per cent of global forest loss is due to the conversion of forest to agricultural land to produce socalled ‘forest risk commodities’, such as beef, soya and palm oil, which are largely exported.
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 member states support EU regulatory measures to tackle deforestation
Brussels – December 16: EU Member States have just released their official reaction to the Commission’s Communication on stepping up EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests. They “request” the Commission to...
Tackling the global deforestation crisis - the urgent need for EU regulation of supply chains
Following the global outcry about the Amazon fires, Fern and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office organised a European Parliament event to discuss the European Union’s (EU) response and the urgent need to regulate EU agricultural supply chains.
Support solidifies for an EU Due Diligence Regulation
Now comes the task of separating the wheat (value chain and market access measures) from the chaff (labels).
Cocoa update: farmers in West Africa could benefit from higher cocoa prices; calls intensify for EU regulation
Companies will back producer countries’ bold move to raise cocoa prices, and are also showing support for EU regulation.
Protecting forests, natural ecosystems and human rights: a case for EU action
In its Communication on “Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests”, published on 23rd July 2019, the European Commission recognised that the EU consumption represents around 10% of the global share” of...
The ‘Greenest’ Commission that Europe has ever seen?
How do the Commissioners-designate plan to protect forests and people and halt deforestation, both within and outside the EU? Fern follows the hearings.
The EU at the UN Climate Action Summit: Finally getting somewhere?
The Climate Action Summit may have disappointed, but the new EU Commission First Vice-President is off to a positive start.
A Green New Deal for Forests
Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, has promised to deliver a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office. For such a deal to truly tackle the challenges of climate change, it will need to ensure healthy growing forests inside and outside of Europe that are good for people, our climate and nature.