Governments acknowledge urgency of halting deforestation
The EU must act by year’s end to address deforestation caused by Europeans’ consumption of products like palm oil, soy, and cocoa. This was the point underscored by the governments of Germany, France, the UK, Denmark, the...
Brazzaville Forest Governance Forum states: Time to listen to local communities
In order to halt deforestation and protect the climate, communities must have a say in how forests are managed; and activities involving forests must not threaten the livelihoods of those who depend on those vital resources....
Pressure mounts on EU to act as France calls for action on deforestation
Brussels – The French government has just published a new national strategy to combat the deforestation caused by its imports of soy, palm oil, beef, cocoa and wood. They have set themselves the target of ending so-called...
The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses
Over 115 Organisations from 40 countries hold day of action to reject the “BioFuture Platform”.
An international coalition of more than 120 organisations from 40 countries today warns that the rapid global growth of the so-called...
What Europe can do if Bolsonaro attacks the Amazon
The views of the man on the brink of leading the planet’s fourth largest democracy have attracted global notoriety since his shock victory in Brazil’s first-round presidential election earlier this month.
Jair Bolsonaro would...
Month of hope for Germany’s Hambach forest
Communities battling to save the last 10 per cent of Germany’s Hambach forest are celebrating the temporary suspension of logging granted by an administrative court in Münster on 5 October 2018. The suspension came after German...
A solid starting point for sustainability and an EU-Indonesia FTA
The draft interim report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Indonesia Free Trade negotiations (FW 237) places a strong emphasis on the lessons to be learned from the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and...
Dutch court ruling on climate change could improve climate policies globally
The Hague Court of Appeal made a precedent-setting ruling on 9 October 2018, providing a global example for engaged citizens to hold their governments to account for climate policies. The...
Hope is fading for a binding instrument on human rights and transnational corporations
The possibility of a binding instrument to defend human rights against the actions of transnational corporations (TNCs) may be quietly dying on the drawing board at a working group meeting, 15 - 19 October 2018, in Geneva.
How to stop trade agreements from damaging forests and peoples' rights
The EU has made strong commitments to mitigate climate change, stop deforestation and respect human rights, including community rights to land. But they are at risk being undermined by trade agreements the EU is currently...