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The Laos-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement: Laos civil society takes stock
This briefing outlines Civil Society’s involvement in the EU-Laos Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). It explains how their engagement is influencing the content, improving...
Towards sustainable cocoa supply chains: Regulatory options for the EU
Europeans consume more chocolate than anyone else in the world. But the cocoa production sector – based primarily in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire - is plagued with child labour and deforestation.
Following decades of failed...
Submission to the Climate Action Summit 2019
Members of the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance, including Fern were asked provided submissions for consideration within the Nature Based Solutions workstream at the New York Climate Action Summit, which will take place...
Are corporate voluntary commitments to halt deforestation working?
More than 450 companies in the food and agriculture sector have made commitments to stop deforesting and respect human rights. But it has become increasingly clear that these companies cannot achieve this goal on their own.
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.
Forest Watch 246 - June 2019
Find out what the EU election results mean for forests
France’s deforestation strategy – a good starting point
But to reduce global deforestation effectively, EU-wide regulation is urgently needed.
The Republic of Congo is intimidating civil society activists
Rather than listen to critical voices, the Congolese Government chooses to risk political capital silencing them. The EU must not stand for this.
The Netherlands pass regulation to eliminate child labour from supply
The landmark Dutch law adds to mounting pressure on the EU to develop harmonised rules for human rights and environmental risks due diligence.
Poll shows broad citizen support for regulating products that drive deforestation
In polarised times, an EU wide poll shows Europeans are remarkably unified in their desire to protect global forests and avoid products that drive deforestation. Such popular support could act as a springboard for Commission action.