As the first round of EU-Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Cocoa Talks wraps up, the way ahead is still unclear
The EU, Ghana & Cote d’Ivoire must commit to concrete actions when talks resume after autumn 2021.
EU should support national civil society call to strengthen Indonesian palm oil expansion moratorium
Indonesian NGOs propose that the palm oil moratorium is expanded and strengthened.
News, NGO Statements
NGOs urged Commissioner Sinkevičius to keep rubber in the EU due diligence regulation to halt EU-driven global deforestation
A group of NGOs wrote a letter to European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius to urge him to ensure that natural rubber is kept as a key forest-risk commodity in the upcoming EU law to halt deforestation and forest degradation driven by EU consumption.
Elsewhere, due diligence moves forward
The United Kingdom and G7 members take steps toward due diligence measures
EU Law on deforestation: Key land rights risk being ignored in DG Environment’s proposal
Only one of two important upcoming legislative initiatives is expected to integrate human rights. Both must.
Response to the Forest Strategy consultation - A world of strong and healthy forests
Ursula von der Leyen is the first European Union (EU) Commission President to publicly recognise how important forests are to life on our planet. But with the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse looming, time is short to turn...
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.
Legal Affairs Committee adopts corporate due diligence report
On 27 January 2021, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI Committee) voted 34 to 3 to adopt a milestone legislative report on corporate due diligence. The truly...
News, Events, Forest Watch
Cocoa Barometer 2020 demands system change to end cocoa poverty
After two decades of failed interventions across the cocoa sector, cocoa-farming communities are still battling the effects of poverty, child labour and deforestation. The 2020 Cocoa Barometer report launched 1 December 2020 is a...
An activist’s guide to the EU
How does the EU impact the world and how can civil society influence EU policies?
The EU has a huge influence over the fate of the world’s forests.
Its trade deals, aid strategies, energy and climate policies, and imports of...