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How can the European Union ensure that its trade doesn't cause more deforestation?
European Union (EU) trade and investment policies is an important factor in driving deforestation, notably through its demand for commodities, including for livestock and dairy production.
Does trade cause deforestation?
Yes, there is a vast body of evidence confirming direct and indirect links between trade and deforestation, as well as other forms of environmental destruction.
Pressure mounts on President-elect as EU Commission opens door to regulating supply chains to tackle deforestation
The EU has opened the door to regulating supply chains to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with commodity imports to the EU. Fern welcomes this long-awaited move with cautious optimism and looks forward to working...
Draft Decree of Vietnam’s timber legality system lacks teeth says the Vietnamese NGO FLEGT network
Vietnam’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) is designed to end the illegal timber trade by tackling its root causes. At its heart is a commitment to adopt a robust timber legality assurance system,...
Forest Watch 247 - July 2019
Mercosur trade deal heightens risks to forests and human rights - and the EU fails to respond to climate emergency at the last European Council
Deepening and expanding multi-stakeholder participation in VPAs to achieve greater impact
VPA update, June 2019
One of the unique features of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) – which form a key part of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan – is that they allow a variety of actors (government, private sector, civil society and forest communities) to discuss how forests should be managed.
A green treasure in danger: Who is at fault?
The Republic of Congo, in Central Africa, is home to part of the world's second largest rainforest. The country is often considered a ‘laboratory’ because of the number of initiatives it implements to sustainably manage its...
Finland to pursue EU human rights due diligence regulation
The Finnish Presidency of the European Council could be a chance to clean up EU supply chains.
Mercosur trade deal heightens risks to forests and human rights
The Commission has prioritised trade and profit; it is now up to the European and national parliaments to set a more positive course for human rights and forests.