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...
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.
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.
As the Amazon burns and global deforestation accelerates, only unified international action can save the world’s forests
Tropical forests are likely to grab headlines today when Jair Bolsonaro addresses the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York.
In early September, just before a hernia operation, Brazil’s President told reporters, “I will...
New Commission Communication opens door to regulation of the products that destroy our forests
Council and Parliament urged to get involved to fix oversights and reinforce ambition in new forest Communication.
Europeans must face their own role in the destruction of the Amazon
Images of the Amazon burning have caused global alarm. They have also, say observers, triggered a response unparalleled in the history of the politics around climate change: the setting of international red lines on environmental destruction.