Publications & Insight
A Deforestation and Rights Observatory
A case study from Brazil
How the European Union can best integrate deforestation and rights violations data in its regulatory proposals
What can the EU Forest and Rights Observatory learn from Brazil?
An EU Forest Observatory could play an important role in monitoring deforestation, human rights violations, and land use in supply chains of products and commodities such as soybeans and beef.
This summary report looks at what can be learnt from Brazil’s efforts and concludes with recommendations for the EU, including how to enforce the future Regulation on deforestation-free products.
The EU Observatory's role in tackling global deforestation and human rights violations
What we can learn from Brazil
Commission’s proposed new Regulation means deforestation-free products may soon be on the cards
Some provisions in the Commission’s proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products must be strengthened, but its arrival is cause for celebration.
News, NGO statements
NGOs are alarmed that EU anti-deforestation law could let soy-driven forest destruction off the hook
In a letter, a coalition of NGOs urged the EU Commission to ensure that all soy imports, including soybean cake and soy-protein concentrate (SPC), and those produced through the conversion of savannahs, are included in the scope...
NGOs are concerned that EU anti-deforestation regulation would largely fail to address deforestation in Brazil
A group of NGOs shared their concerns about the upcoming EU legislation on forest and other ecosystem-risk commodities. If the regulation leaves out key high-risk cattle products, such as processed beef and hides, and excludes the...
How the EU, UK and US deforestation laws will impact Brazil
COP26 side event
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...
News, Forest watch
UK due diligence proposals: The people have spoken
On 5 October 2020 the UK government closed its first round of consultation on a proposed law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural land (FW 258). This...
Tackling deforestation through EU due diligence: lessons and proposals from Brazil
The webinar discussed how to trace Brazilian agricultural exports to the EU and how a deforestation and land rights observatory could help EU companies perform due diligence to remove deforestation and human rights violations from...