Forest Strategy: encouraging but too timid to face up to the challenge
Recognising the importance of forests in the fight against climate change, the European Commission released its new Forest Strategy as part of the Fit for 55 package. It provides the first holistic European vision for how to...
Forests sacrificed for EU climate policy
Today, the European Commission released its revised 2030 climate and energy package. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that burning forest biomass accelerates climate change and destroys biodiversity, the Commission ignored...
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.
Bolsonaro under scrutiny in The Hague for crimes against humanity, genocide and possibly ecocide
Jair Bolsonaro is finally facing global opposition to the destruction he has wrought, so why is the EU still considering signing the Mercosur trade deal?
Ghana: A new minister has boosted momentum for FLEGT licensing
In Ghana, long-standing roadblocks to progress on forest governance are now being tackled by a new Minister.
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.
Fit for 55 package – What does it mean for forests?
Today the European Commission released its revised 2030 Climate and Energy Package. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that burning forest biomass accelerates climate change and destroys biodiversity, the Commission ignored...
Forests are being threatened by industry-sponsored scientific confusion and short-term political thinking
Will the European Commission scrap public subsidies and regulations that reward the burning of forest biomass for energy, or give in to industry and several Member States’ pressure to keep incentivising forest destruction?
The draft EU Forest Strategy holds real promise, but can the European Commission stand up to the forest industry?
The EU Forest Strategy leaked in June 2021, appears to show that, rather than bowing to the logging industry, the European Commission is trying to steer a new path for forests, one where the EU is able to monitor forests and...
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.