What we can learn from Brazil
A webinar based on new 'EU Forest and Rights Observatory: a case study from Brazil' report
On 17 November, after decades of trusting companies to tackle the problem voluntarily, the European Commission proposed a Regulation on deforestation-free products which aims to restrict products linked to deforestation from entering the EU.
As part of its fight against deforestation, the EU also intends to create a Forest Observatory that will focus “on deforestation, forest degradation, changes in the world’s forest cover, and associated drivers. The objective is to facilitate access to information on supply chains for public entities, consumers and businesses."
The proposed Regulation is a watershed moment in the battle to end Europe’s major role in destroying the world’s forests, but will it and the EU Observatory be strong enough to protect forests and the rights of people living in them?
That is what the webinar considered.
Starting with the Commission presenting the Regulation, the webinar also discussed forest and human rights monitoring systems in Brazil to understand whether or how these could inform ongoing EU initiatives.
The recording is also available in Portuguese.
- Welcome and event introduction
- Nicole Polsterer, Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner, Fern
- Introduction of the new Regulation on deforestation-free products
- Karolina Zázvorková, International Relations Officer, DG Environment, European Commission
- Piloting deforestation and degradation monitoring
- Frédéric Achard, Scientific Officer and Leader of the World Forests project Portfolio, Joint Research Center,European Commission
- Presentation of the new report, 'EU Forest and Rights Observatory: a case study from Brazil'
- Saskia Ozinga, co-author of the 'EU Forest and Rights Observatory: a case study from Brazil' report
- MapBiomas: reflections on law and monitoring in Brazil
- Tasso Azevedo, the General Coordinator of the System for Estimation of Green House Gases Emissions (SEEG) Network and Coordinator of the MapBiomas platform
- Need for legality and human rights monitoring in Brazil
- Adriana Ramos, Coordinator of the Policy and Law Program of the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)
- Discussion and Q&A
- with Peter May co-author of the 'EU Forest and Rights Observatory: a case study from Brazil' report